Many of tomorrow’s innovations in fields such as fast computing, renewable energy generation, batteries, and transportation will rely on the unique and novel properties of materials. The development of such materials requires integrated knowledge in physics, chemistry, and biology, along with advanced mathematics and computation. Material Science/Physics introduces students to atomic structure, macroscopic elastic and thermodynamic properties, electric and magnetic properties, and fabrication methods and applications.

Career Path

This major prepares graduates for advanced study in material science, physics, computer science, and math and for careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, biomedical sciences, and automotive and aerospace industries.

Divisional Foundation courses:

  • Mathematical Foundations 1 & 2
  • Integrated Science 1 & 2
  • Integrated Science 3 & 4
  • Scientific Writing and Communication

Interdisciplinary Studies courses:

  • Fundamentals of Material Science
  • Materials Synthesis and Characterization (Lab)
  • Mathematic Methods for Material Science
  • Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials

Disciplinary Studies courses:

  • Classical Mechanics
  • Quantum Mechanics
  • Solid State and Soft Matter Physics
  • Mechanical Properties of Materials