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BSc Materials Science & Engineering

Materials scientists study the structure, properties and behavior of metals, ceramics, glasses, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. They strive for a deeper understanding of existing materials and work to develop new ones. Join the Materials Science & Engineering program from University of Arizona to become one of them.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $37,116 per year
Location: Tucson, United States

In the Materials Science & Engineering program from University of Arizona, students work with glass, ceramics, plastics, polymers, composites, metals and other materials to create the devices and systems essential for solar energy production, information technology and medicine. From integrated circuits and chip carriers to turbine engines and optical waveguides, become an expert in materials properties, failure analysis, manufacturing techniques and quality assurance.

Courses include:

  • Materials properties
  • Failure analysis
  • Manufacturing techniques
  • Quality assurance

In class, UA materials science engineering students don’t just learn about materials — they handle them, in glassblowing, smelting, casting and composite manufacturing.

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“Choosing the Master’s program for Physiological Sciences at the University of Arizona was one of the best decisions I could have made in my education. Our department is warm and collaborative, offering an array of research topics and techniques underneath a vast and integrative umbrella of physiology. Beyond my research experience, I was presented with teaching opportunities, which I feel honed my skill of scientific communication. Having the dynamic research/teaching/class schedule not only kept me active but helped me reinforce material in multiple contexts. Overall, this program was exactly what I wanted in my segway into the medical sciences… and with my teaching assistantship paying for my tuition, how could I say no?”​

Andrew Wojtanowski // MS 2016


UA material science students and graduates are working in diverse fields for employers including:

  • Aerospace and defense – Honeywell, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman and Boeing
  • Semiconductor manufacturing – Texas Instruments, Samsung and Intel
  • Optics – Newport (Spectra-Physics), NP Photonics, and Edmund Optics
  • Energy: Sion Power, General Plasma, Tucson Electric Power
  • Mining, Minerals and Metallurgy Climax, Phelps Dodge, Steel Dynamics
  • Biomedical: W. L. Gore & Associates, CR Bard
  • Engineering service firms – Aker Solutions, Kleinfelder

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