MSE Undergraduate Programs

Materials Science and Engineering is a fundamentally interdisciplinary field, coupling physics, chemistry and mechanics on the atomistic and nanometer scales with materials’ macroscopic properties. Advances in materials science enable advances across other fields, expand the possibilities of technology, and are essential to creating a sustainable future.

MSE offers students a fundamental background in the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials. This background is essential to engineers or scientists in understanding the selection of materials for various applications.

The MSE Department offers two programmatic opportunities:

MSE Minor

The MSE minor provides students with a foundation for understanding how the processing, properties and structure of materials affect the science, design, and application of materials in the engineering discipline of your major field of study.

MSE Concentration

For students desiring a stronger and more extensive foundation in materials science, an 11-course MSE named concentration in Engineering Science is available. MSE is a research-intensive discipline. Undergraduate students are encouraged to become involved in research through 1) an independent study research project, MSE 4960, 2) senior thesis projects, 3) and financially supported undergraduate research internships during the academic year or summer.

Engineering Science

The Department of Materials Science administers the Engineering Science program (ES). Engineering Science is the only interdisciplinary degree offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia and offers several other options as well:  Nanomedicine, Structural Mechanics and Materials, and a five year program that combines the BS in Engineering Science with a Master’s in Teaching from the Curry School, resulting in teacher certification.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at
Enrollment information: SEAS Office of Undergraduate programs