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.


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Main Campus - Alfred, NY


Materials Science and Engineering (BS)


Materials Science and Engineering

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.

In addition to Alfred University’s physical education requirement and global perspective requirement and the School of Engineering general requirements, the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering are:

  • 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 314 Ceramic Processing Principles
  • CEMS 322 Introduction to Glass Science
  • CEMS 334 Introduction to Polymers
  • CEMS 336 Physical Metallurgy I
  • CEMS 342 Thermal and Mechanical Properties
  • CEMS 344 Properties II: Electrical, Magnetic, and Optical
  • CEMS 446 Composite Design and Fabrication
  • 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 Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.

The minor in Materials Science and Engineering 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

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 Development Engineer - Greatbatch Medical
  • Data Analytics Engineer - FacilityConnX
  • Project Engineer - Kaman Composites
  • Lab Technician - Corning Incorporated
  • NDT Technician - Pratt & Whitney Amercon
  • Post Bachelor Research Assistant - Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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.

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