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Material Science and Engineering



ABET-Accredited Material Science Engineering degree programs in Pacific Northwest
(click on school name below to see program details)

Boise State University, Boise, ID

University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Materials Engineers are generally responsible for improving the strength, corrosion resistance, fatigue resistance, and other characteristics of frequently used materials. They are also involved in selecting materials with desirable mechanical, electrical, magnetic, chemical, and heat transfer properties that meet special performance requirements. Examples are graphite golf club shafts that are light but stiff, ceramic tiles on the Space Shuttle that protect it from burning up during reentry into the atmosphere, and the alloy turbine blades in a jet engine.

Metallurgical engineers deal specifically with metals in one of the three main branches of metallurgy--extractive, physical and mechanical. Extractive metallurgists are concerned with removing metals from ores and refining and alloying them to obtain useful metal. Physical metallurgists study the nature, structure, and physical properties of metals and their alloys, and design methods for processing them into final products. Mechanical metallurgists develop and improve metal-working processes such as casting, forging, rolling, and drawing. For more information contact the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) link to the left.

To pursue Material Science and Engineering you should work with an  Engineering Faculty Advisor (see below) as soon as possible to develop a plan of study leading to the Associate of Science Degree.  It is especially critical to meet with a faculty advisor if you tested into a math class lower than MATH& 151 or an English class lower than ENGL& 101, or if you haven't had high school chemistry or physics. If you haven't yet taken the Accuplacer test for placement contact the Student Entry Advising Center as soon as possible, but BEFORE contacting the faculty advisor. 

Contact a Faculty Advisor:
Dr. Jeff Brown
Linnea Hess