- Develop new ways to fight cancer.
- Create faster computer chips.
- Design safer air bags for cars.
With a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering, you’ll be equipped to make discoveries that advance the technology behind health care, communication, transportation, recreation and more. You’ll graduate from the program competitively positioned for diverse career opportunities in a broad range of fields, including the newly emerging field of nanomaterials and biomaterials.
As a student in materials science and engineering, you investigate the structural, electrical and magnetic properties of a variety of materials, including metals, ceramics, electronic and magnet materials, semiconductors, nanomaterials, biomaterials, aerospace materials and nuclear materials.
Through classroom learning and hands-on laboratory research, you:
- Analyze how materials behave physically and mechanically.
- Learn how to characterize materials.
- Study material fabrication and processes.
- Explore and design new materials and improved processes, devices and applications.
The department offers outstanding undergraduate research opportunities. Students design and conduct experiments using modern laboratory facilities, such as our small-scale clean room for semiconductor processing. You may also take part in a faculty member's leading research that is exploring exciting areas such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and alternative and renewable energy resources.
Our students also have excellent internship opportunities with NASA, U.S. national labs, semiconductor and metal production companies.
The University of Idaho is the only school in the state of Idaho that offers a full gamut of degrees in materials science and engineering, from a bachelor’s to master’s and doctorate levels, with a carefully crafted curriculum. More than $288,000 in scholarships are available to students each year.