Materials science and engineering (BSE)

Imagine studying and researching in a single program that allows you to use your knowledge in a number of different industries. That’s exactly what a degree in materials science offers students with its influence in everything from nanotechnology to aerospace to biomaterials.

Why materials and science engineering?

A materials science and engineering, BSE, prepares students for exciting careers related to the design and improvement of the structure, properties and performance of materials. From cell phones to laptops, bone implants to Apache helicopters, applying knowledge learned in the materials science program is boundless.

On campus, students can take advantage of our state-of-the-art laboratory with practical, hands-on training. While sharpening their skillset, students can work in summer intern positions in the Metro Phoenix including high-tech companies like Honeywell and Boeing Helicopter.

And for those planning ahead, the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering offer accelerated programming, combining a four-year bachelors program with MS studies to prepare for careers in materials research in five years, saving students time and money in the long run.

You may also earn a minor in materials science and engineering. See below for more information, or visit the ASU catalog page.

Degree offered

Bachelor of science in engineering (BSE), materials and science engineering

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering



What is a major map?

A major map outlines a major’s official requirements, elective and required courses, and optimal course sequencing to help students stay on the right track to graduation.

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Admission requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Affording college

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Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

What types of career paths are available for materials engineers?

A wide range of careers open up to those who study materials engineering. Law, medicine, consulting, manufacturing, and materials research, such as inventing new materials like superconductors and infrared sensors, are all paths students can take following undergraduate coursework.

Major map, technical electives and requirements for getting a minor.

Need more information on what you’ll be studying? You may review the major map for materials science and engineering students and the list of approved technical electives.

Interested in a materials science minor? We can help you out with that too with a list of course requirements, and you can visit the ASU MSE Minor catalog page.

Program objectives and outcomes

Educational Objectives

  1. Our graduates will solve real-world materials engineering challenges within their organizations by applying the required technical knowledge and, skills, and critical thinking.
  2. Our graduates will have made demonstrable progress toward a graduate degree or be considered for a technical promotion potentially within three to five years of graduation.
  3. Our graduates will demonstrate professionalism, leadership, lifelong learning, professional development, and ability to work in teams, and will hold positions of increasing responsibility within their organizations.
  4. Our graduates will demonstrate an ethical approach to their profession including consideration of economic, societal, cultural, and environmental impact.

Student Outcomes (from ABET)

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  1. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors
  1. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  1. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  1. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  1. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  1. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Additional outcome from ASU Materials Science & Engineering:

8. demonstrate integration of relationships of structure, properties, processing, and performance related to material systems using experimental, computational and statistical methods


The materials science and engineering, BSE program at Arizona State University is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Student enrollment and graduation data are available at

Professional licensure

ASU academic programs are designed to prepare students to apply for applicable licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet education requirements for license or certification in another state.

ASU makes every effort to ensure information about educational requirements for licensure or certification information is current; however, state requirements may change. Separate from educational requirements, state licensure boards may require applicants to complete professional examinations, background checks, years of professional experience, jurisprudence exams, etc. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in a state other than Arizona, it is strongly recommended that you visit the ASU Professional Licensure website for contact information of the appropriate licensing entity to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements.