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B.S. Materials Science

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering

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Investigate the properties, fabrication processes and behaviors of many different types of materials, from metals and ceramics to semiconductors and biomaterials, and apply this knowledge to improve or create new materials for a variety of purposes as an engineer in this field. Students have the opportunity to conduct experiments in modern labs.

Fast Facts

  • Students frequently place top three in international design competitions.
  • Job placement rates of graduates is 90 percent with starting salaries at $70K per year.
  • Faculty and students frequently present at international conferences.
  • Students routinely pass the Fundamentals of Engineering exam at a rate of about 95 percent.
  • Materials Science
  • Materials Engineering
  • Packaging Engineering
  • Semiconductor Processing Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Failure Analysis Engineering
  • Aerospace Materials Development
  • Composites Engineering


Potential salaries are based
upon national averages.
Degree Prep You may be interested in a degree in Materials Science if:
  • you have a solid background in both math and basic science.
  • you enjoy hands-on laboratory work.
  • you are interested in advancing technology through the use of new or unexplored materials.

To prepare for the program, take high school courses in physics, engineering, math, chemistry and biology.
Degree Roadmap Click below to download a PDF of requirements:

For the latest information on all available Materials Science courses, view our Course Catalog.
Scholarships The College of Engineering provides annual scholarship awards totaling approximately $820,000. For information on specific scholarships, feel free to meet with a a representative from the College of Engineering's Student Services team.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.
Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

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Hands-On Learning Undergraduate hands-on learning and research opportunities in the laboratory, field, and classroom are plentiful. U-Idaho’s engineering senior capstone design program is ranked one of the best in the nation by the National Academy of Engineers. Students get opportunities to solve real-world engineering problems sponsored by industry partners, as well as to showcase their work in the annual Engineering Design EXPO.