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

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.

  • 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 251 Mechanics of Materials
  • CEMS 322 Introduction to Glass Science
  • CEMS 324 Mass Transport in Glasses and Melts
  • CEMS 325 Glass Laboratory
  • CEMS 328 Industrial Glass and Glass-Ceramics
  • CEMS 342 Thermal and Mechanical Properties
  • CEMS 344 Properties II: Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical
  • CEMS 347 Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 X-ray Characterization
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • ENGR 101 Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGR 102 Computer Aided Design
  • ENGR 104 Computer Aided Engineering
  • ENGR 110 Technical Communication
  • ENGR 11x Exploration Labs (select 2, 1 credit each)
  • ENGR 220 Circuit Theory I
  • ENGR 305 Engineering Statistics
  • ENGR 306 Engineering Economics
  • ENGR 395 Engineering Design
  • ENGR 480 Senior Capstone Project
  • MATH 151 Calculus I
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • MATH 253 Calculus III
  • MATH 271 Differential Equations
  • PHYS 125 Physics I
  • PHYS 126 Physics II
  • Technical Electives
  • Humanities, Social Science and Arts electives

For more information, please review the School of Engineering Curriculum by Semester Worksheets by degree program.

The BS degree program in Glass Engineering Science is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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

Plus at least 6 credits from the following list:

  • CEMS 324 Mass Transport in Glasses and Melts
  • CEMS 420 Optical Glasses
  • CEMS 450* Independent Study (in Glass)
  • ENGR 480 Senior Capstone Project (in Glass)
  • COOP 385* Co-op Program (in Glass)

If you have varied interests in engineering but are unsure which you excel at or enjoy working with the most, consider exploring our Undecided Engineering pathway. The Inamori School of Engineering provides this option to students who are undecided as first-year students and allows them to discover the field of engineering that's the best fit for them.

Undergraduate Full‐Time Enrollment (from Fall Census)
Major 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 33 34 41 31 32 30 31
Ceramic Engineering 68 63 72 63 57 49 45
Electrical Engineering N/A N/A 0 4 10 12 24
Glass Engineering Science 15 15 13 9 15 15 15
Materials Science and Engineering 48 48 50 46 44 42 44
Mechanical Engineering 182 185 165 160 137 121 100
Renewable Energy Engineering 30 44 42 35 15 N/A N/A
Undecided 26 37 35 44 39 48 32
Non‐degree 4 4 12 9 6 4 3
BS Graduates (August through May)
Major 2016-17 2015‐16 2014-15 2013‐14 2012‐13 2011‐12 2010‐11 2009‐10
Biomat. Eng./Biomed Mat. Eng. 7 7 3 8 7 6 5 5
Ceramic Engineering 19 15 12 14 17 8 11 11
Electrical Engineering 0 1 6 5 4 8 9 11
Glass Engineering Science 4 2 0 6 2 4 7 5
Materials Science and Engineering 10 13 5 7 12 11 11 9
Mechanical Engineering 37 23 29 24 18 25 25 17
Renewable Energy Engineering 12 3 3 0 0 N/A N/A N/A

What Will You Do?

Within the past few years, graduates have obtained jobs as:

  • Process Optimizer (Development Program) - Ardagh Group
  • Development Engineer - Greatbatch Medical
  • Microscopy & Microanalysis Lab Assistant - KEMET
  • Furnace Development Engineer - Owens Corning
  • Research Scientist - Corning, Incorporated
  • Project Engineer - Owens-Illinois
  • Engineer - Northeast Electronics Corp.

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.

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