Undergraduate

Interested in Materials Science?

Materials Scientists and Engineers are involved in every aspect of technology, ranging from the design of materials appropriate for use in integrated circuits and biological applications, through to those materials needed for energy generation (both conventional energy sources and green sources), and for building bridges, roads and buildings.

Upon graduation, our students are prepared for a number of different careers paths. Many go on to graduate studies at prestigious universities. Others head directly into the workforce hired as engineers in Silicon Valley (e. g. Agilent and Applied Materials), engineers in the biotechnology sector (e.g. Genentech), and engineers in the Aerospace field (e.g. Boeing).

Materials Scientists and Engineers enjoy some of the highest starting salaries of any undergraduate engineering program. The Career Center has details on what past graduates have done with their MSE degrees.

The objectives of the undergraduate program in MSE are to educate graduates who:

  • know the fundamental science and engineering principles relevant to materials
  • understand the relationship between nano/microstructure, characterization, properties and processing and design of materials
  • have the experimental and computational skills for a professional career or graduate study in materials
  • possess a knowledge of the significance of research, the value of continued learning and environmental/social issues surrounding materials
  • are able to communicate effectively, to work in teams and to assume positions as leaders.

The department currently has 135 students majoring in Materials Science and Engineering, 53 of which are joint majors with the BioE, EECS, ME, NE and ChemE departments.

Interested in applying?

Undergraduate applications are handled centrally by the UC Berkeley campus Admissions Office. Students transferring from other schools or colleges, please see our Transfers page. International students should see the information available at the Berkeley International Office.

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