Materials Science and Engineering:
Offered by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Contact: 210 Bard Hall, (607) 255-9159, www.mse.cornell.edu
This major is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).
Prospective majors are required to take ENGRD 2610 or ENGRD 2620 before affiliating with the major. It is highly recommended that the course be taken as an engineering distribution during the sophomore year.
The major program develops a comprehensive understanding of the physics and chemistry underlying the unique properties of modern engineering materials and processes.
Students complete a series of electives to develop knowledge of materials, such as biomaterials, metals, ceramics, polymers, and semiconductors. Application-related courses are grouped into the areas of biotechnology and life science, energy and environment, materials for information science, nanotechnology, and technology management and ethics. These requirements are satisfied through a series of technical electives taken mainly in the senior year, which are selected from various engineering and science departments. Optional research involvement courses provide undergraduates with the opportunity to work with faculty members and their research groups on current projects.