Undergraduate Programs

Why MatSE at Ilinois?



Materials Matter

Any engineering feat, invention, or advancement incorporates materials; history has been defined by materials: from the development of copper tools that ended the stone age 10,000 years ago to the advancement of nanomaterials for targeted drug delivery. Materials Science and Engineering is an interdisciplinary field devoted to understanding the fundamental science of materials and engineer these materials to solve increasingly complex problems. Advancements in materials, be it ceramics, electronic materials, metals, polymers, biomaterials, or nanomaterials, are integral to solving today’s and the future’s technological, societal, and environmental issues.

Goals & Objectives

The goal of the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate curriculum at Illinois is to provide an understanding of the underlying principles of synthesis, characterization, structure, and processing of materials. By identifying the interrelationships between these principles, rational design can be applied to create materials with desired properties for specific applications.

The Materials Science and Engineering degree program at the University of Illinois is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

The program educational objectives of the MatSE Department and its faculty at the undergraduate level are:

1. Our graduates will attain the foundational knowledge to be successful in their chosen career.

2. Our graduates will be skilled at teamwork, communication and individual professionalism, including ethics and environmental awareness.

3. Our graduates will provide valuable service to their chosen profession and to society.

4. Our graduates will have the ability to achieve their personal goals and advance in their chosen profession through life‐long learning.

Successful Careers

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois prepares its students for successful career after graduation, whether students seek employment in industry, pursue an advanced degree, or utilize their knowledge gained for other pursuits. This is accomplished through a curriculum that emphasizes understanding, designing, and producing materials with properties tailored for specific applications and the processes used. This is first introduced in the freshman year, developed throughout the curriculum in required and elective courses, and culminates in a capstone design experience in the senior year. The technical aspects of the curricula are complemented by composition, humanities and social science courses and by material on leadership, ethics, team-building and environmental responsibility that are distributed throughout the curriculum.