Glass Engineering Science

The only Glass Engineering program in the nation; ABET Accredited

For a highly sought after, exclusive education in the science of glass engineering, look no further than Alfred University. Here we offer you the only undergraduate program of its kind in the nation, with small class sizes, plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research, and an extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry. Further, our Glass Engineering Science Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Glass Engineering Science (BS)


Glass Engineering Science

Program Contact

William Carty



Why Study Glass Engineering Science At Alfred University?

Exclusive Program

The only undergraduate Glass Engineering Science program in the nation.

Research Opportunities

Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities.

Industry Networking

An extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry.

What Do Glass Scientists Do?

Glass has been used for thousands of years, in drinking glasses, storage bottles, decorative objects, and jewelry. Glass has the same uses today, but it has become a truly high-technology material used in sophisticated windows that control light and heat, in fiber optics for high-speed communication, and in advanced medical treatments such as bone-setting materials. Engineers and scientists who understand glass and its production are needed by the glass industry and companies who use glass in their products.

What Will You Study?

In your first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering and the Glass Engineering Exploration Lab in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry and physics. In subsequent semesters, you'll develop expertise in general and glass materials through a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences. In your final year, you'll showcase your talents by conducting independent glass research in collaboration with a faculty advisor as part of our senior thesis requirement.

What Will You Do After Graduation?

The program prepares graduates for careers as materials engineers with specialized knowledge of glass. Our graduates are highly sought after by companies that develop and manufacture glass materials, often advancing to leadership positions in the field. Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to work as researchers in industry, government laboratories, and academia.

The engineering curricula are reviewed annually and updated when necessary to ensure continual improvement based on feedback from students, faculty, and employers.

Glass Engineering Science (GES) Curriculum and Classes


  • Math 151 - Calculus I
  • Math 152 - Calculus II
  • Math 253 - Calculus III
  • Math 271 - Differential Equations

Physical Sciences

  • CHEM 105 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II
  • PHYS 125 - Physics I
  • PHYS 126 - Physics II


  • ENGR 101 - Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 - Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 - Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 - Technical Communications
  • ENGR 11x - 2 Engineering Explorations Labs (Student's Choice)
  • ENGR 160 - Freshman Seminar
  • ENGR 220 - Circuit Theory I
  • ENGR 305 - Engineering Statistics
  • ENGR 360 - Undergraduate Seminar

Materials Science

  • CEMS 214 - Structure and Properties of Materials 
  • CEMS 215 - Microscopy and Microstructural Characterization
  • CEMS 216 - Bonding and Structure of Materials
  • CEMS 235 - Thermodynamics of Materials
  • CEMS 237 - Thermal Processes in Materials
  • CEMS 322 - Introduction to Glass Science
  • CEMS 325 - Glass Laboratory
  • CEMS 328 - Industrial Glass and Glass-Ceramics
  • CEMS 342 - Thermal and Mechanical Properties
  • CEMS 344 - Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties
  • CEMS 347 - Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 - X-Ray Characterization
  • CEMS 423 - Mass Transport in Glasses and Melts
  • CEMS 480 - Thesis
  • CEMS 484 - Engineering Operations


  • MECH 211 - Statics
  • MECH 241 - Mechanics of Materials I


  • ENGL 101 - Writing I (If Needed)
  • GP/HUM/SS/Arts - 4 Classes (Student's Choice)
  • Tech Elective - 4 Classes (Student's Choice)
  • Phys Ed Requirement

ABET, or the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, is the nationally recognized entity that accredits post-secondary programs in applied science and engineering. It's a federation of 28 professional and technical societies, including the American Society of Engineering Education (AEEE), The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the National Institute of Ceramic Engineers (NICE), The Minerals Metals and Materials Society (TMS), and the Materials Research Society (MRS).

ABET accreditation is a peer review process that ensures educational programs meet the quality standards established by the engineering profession. The ABET review process is based on 8 criteria related to (1) quality and performance of students, (2) program educational objectives, (3) program outcomes and assessment, (4) a professional component, (5) faculty, (6) facilities, (7) institutional support and financial resources, and (8) program-specific criteria. Criteria 3 lists the competencies that engineering graduates are expected to gain from an undergraduate engineering degree.

The minor in glass science is ideal for students who want to learn more about glass while majoring in chemistry, physics, or any of our other engineering majors.

Core Course

  • CEMS 322 Introduction to Glass Science
  • CEMS 325 Glass Laboratory
  • CEMS 328 Industrial Glass and Glass-Ceramic

Elective Courses (Choose 2 Courses from the following list)

  • CEMS 324 Mass Transport in Glasses and Melts
  • CEMS 420 Optical Glasses
  • CEMS 424 Introduction to Photonics
  • CEMS 425 Optical Spectra of Solids
  • CEMS 426 Advanced Glass Science
  • CEMS 450 Independent Study in Glass
  • CEMS 480 Senior Thesis in Glass
  • COOP 385 Co-op Program (in Glass)

What Will You Do?

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's glass engineering science program to attain 3-5 years after graduation. PEOs are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the program educational objectives are relevant to the needs of today's employers.

Program Educational Objectives

During the first few years after graduation, graduates will be:

  1. Materials engineers with a specialized knowledge of the vitreous state, its science, engineering and manufacture and will be employed either in the public or private sector or will be pursuing an advanced degree.
  2. Diverse individuals who both understand the principles and can undertake the practice of engineering materials, particularly glass, to meet the needs of the population.
  3. Able to operate as effective engineers or managers in both glass and other related industries or academia, as scientists, engineers and teachers, continuously learning as they do so.

What will you learn if you major in glass engineering science?
Program outcomes are the knowledge, skills, and abilities that we expect graduates of the program to attain at the time of graduation.

Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Glass Engineering-Science program at Alfred University will have:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering.
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  • An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  • An ability to communicate effectively.
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:
  • Process Engineer – Amcor Packaging – Glass Tubing Americas
  • Material Process Engineer – Ioxus
  • Process Engineer – Saint Gobain SEFPRO
  • Materials Engineer – US Resistors Inc.
  • Process Engineer – Knauf Insulation
  • Senior Development Engineer – Unifrax LLC
  • Technician III – Adecco Technical at Corning Inc.
  • Development Engineer – Greatbatch Medical
  • Engineer – Kopp Glass, Inc.
  • Management Leadership Development Program – Saint Gobain Containers, Inc.
  • Process Engineer – World Kitchen
  • Engineer – Aloca Inc. Howmet Corp.
  • Metallurgy Technician – Corning Inc

Faculty / Staff

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William Carty

Prof. Ceramic Eng. & Mat. Sci.