Materials Science and Engineering

An ABET Accredited Program for an industry with high demand

Does a career in digital electronics and materials technology or engineering interest you? Look to the ABET Accredited Materials Science and Engineering program at Alfred University. This challenging program will provide exposure to the concepts relating to multi-material and composite technologies, well as composite material interactions with living biological systems for students interested in the focus of biomedical materials science.


Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Materials Science and Engineering (BS)


Materials Science and Engineering

Program Contact

Scott Misture



Why study Materials Science And Engineering At Alfred University?

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A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to materials science during the first year.

Research Opportunities

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

Showcase Skills

A senior-thesis project that allows you to showcase your research skills and demonstrate your creative talents.

What do Materials Scientists and Engineers do?

Advanced materials are critical to nearly every modern technology and play an important role in solving today's most challenging energy and environmental problems. Materials Science and Engineering is the broad interdisciplinary field that uses the principles of chemistry, physics, engineering, and biology to develop better materials. Materials scientists and engineers study the structures and properties of all types of materials -- ceramics, glass, metals, polymers, and semiconductors -- and devise new ways to make them using nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing techniques.

What Will You Study?

During your first year, you'll take Introduction to Engineering and two Engineering Explorations Lab in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry, and physics. Over the next few years, a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences will help you define your unique interests in this very broad field. In your senior year, you'll conduct independent research with a faculty advisor - on topics ranging from high-strength metal alloys to polymer recycling to oxide nanosheets for generating hydrogen from water.

What Will You Do After Graduation?

Graduates are prepared for careers as engineers, scientists and managers in a wide range of materials-related industries. 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.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) 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

Material Sciences

  • CEMS 214 - Structure and Properties of Materials 
  • CEMS 215 - Microscopy and Microstructural Characterization
  • CEMS 216 - Bonding and Structure of Materials (or CEMS 114)
  • CEMS 235 - Thermodynamics of Materials
  • CEMS 237 - Thermal Processes in Materials
  • CEMS 314 - Ceramic Processing Principles (or CEMS 316)
  • CEMS 322 - Introduction to Glass Science
  • CEMS 334 - Introduction to Polymers
  • CEMS 336 - Physical Metallurgy I
  • CEMS 342 - Thermal and Mechanical Properties
  • CEMS 344 - Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical Properties
  • CEMS 347 - Spectroscopy
  • CEMS 349 - X-Ray Characterization
  • CEMS 446 - Composite Design and Fabrication
  • 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 - 3 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 materials science is ideal for students who want to learn more about materials science while majoring in chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering or renewable energy engineering.

Core Courses

  • CEMS 214 Materials Structure and Properties
  • CEMS 216 Materials Structure and Bonding
  • CEMS 235 Thermodynamics of Materials (or CHEM 343 or MECH 320)

Elective Courses (Choose minimum of 6 credits from the following list)

  • CEMS 203 Introduction of Ceramic Powder Processing
  • CEMS 237 Thermal Processes in Materials
  • CEMS 3xx Any regularly scheduled CEMS course at 300-level except CEMS 302
  • CEMS 4xx Any regularly scheduled CEMS 400-level course except special topics and independent study

What Will You Do?

Program educational objectives (or PEOs) are broad statements that describe what we expect graduates of AU's materials science and engineering 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:

  1. Be employed in materials-related industries and will continue to move into positions with both increased technical skill requirements and increased managerial responsibilities.
  2. Be engaged in continuing their education and lifelong learning in both technical and non-technical fields including graduate studies in Materials Science and Engineering, and other science and engineering majors; MBA programs; medical school; law school or short course/workshops applicable to growth within a chosen technical field.
  3. Become leaders in the development of their professions including professional society activities, conference presentations, scholarly publications, and student recruiting and mentoring.


Program Outcomes (Student Learning Outcomes)

Graduates of the Materials Science and Engineering 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:
  • Production Planner - Cameron
  • Fractographer – Corning, Inc.
  • Ceramic Engineer – Trikeenan Tileworks
  • Reliability Scientist – Corning, Inc.
  • Combustion Engineer – Owns-Illinois
  • Metallurgist in Training - Ellwood Group Inc.
  • Technician III – Adecco Technical at Corning, Inc.
  • Management Associate – US Steel
  • Associate Metallurgist – SKF – MRC Bearings
  • Process Engineer – CertainTeed Corporation
  • Research Engineer – Cooper Power Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineer - Northrop Grumman Corporation

Faculty / Staff

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