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Materials Science and Engineering

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
UA College: 
Degree Type: 
BS in Materials Science & Engr
Degree/Minor Description: 

Material scientists study the structure, properties, and behavior of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Among other things, materials engineering focuses on selecting, processing, and applying materials, and this is critical when it comes to the amount of resources and energy that are used to create the products we use and need every day. This is an interdisciplinary degree that couples scientific principles of knowledge-based fields such as mathematics, chemistry, and physic with the application-based principles of engineering. Students who pursue a Materials Science and Engineering Degree will learn advanced methods to implement sustainability techniques into the field and they will be prepared for careers in engineering or graduate education.

Research Opportunities: 

Machining and Welding Center: WMC is a research facility dedicated to providing expertise for research instrument fabrication. It supports and enhances the mission of the University of Arizona by providing prototype machining, designing, fabrication, welding, cryogenic products, consultation, instructional support and community outreach programs.

Arizona Materials Lab: AML is a world-class materials research laboratory that has multiple research facilities. This lab studies glass materials, novel materials chemistry, advanced ceramics, and composites. The mission of the AML is to provide Materials Science Engineering faculty, postdocs, graduate, and undergraduate students a collaborative and synergistic environment in which to conduct their research.

Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources: LIMR is a research institute for pioneering projects to advance sustainable development of mineral resources. This institute partners with industry experts around the globe and has educated professionals in 27 countries to improve management across the entire mining cycle. 

SRC Engineering Research Center: The SRC Engineering Research Center develops new and effective technology to reduce the environmental impact of semiconductor manufacturing. 

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching.

BIO5 Institute: The BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

Research Themes: 
Informatics, Modeling, and Remote Sensing
Science Engagement