B.S. in Engineering with Materials Concentration

Two pathways to a career in materials engineering

Materials Engineers develop and test materials used to create a wide range of products, from aircraft materials to biomedical technologies to semi-conductors, even golf balls and batteries. You will gain experience and knowledge through our hands-on materials engineering curriculum, including:

  • Engineering Materials and Manufacturing
  • Fundamentals of Materials Engineering
  • Microfabrication
  • Nanotechnology
  • Metal, Ceramic, Polymer Materials Engineering and Manufacturing

You Have Options

The materials engineering program at FSU provides many options for meeting your individual needs. Partnering with institutions of higher education across the state of Maryland, FSU helps you choose how to best fulfill your personal goals. The Materials Engineering Concentration offers two pathway options:


Materials Engineering Highlights

  • Gain real-world experience with the technology you'll use in your career through an internship or FSU work-study as a lab assistant. Past internships include companies such as NASA, J.F. Taylor, Jefferson Lab, Cardinal Scientific, and Northrup Grumman.
  • Prepare to join top companies nationwide.
  • Use state-of-the-art technology in the Compton Science Center, such as the additive manufacturing 3D print lab, robotics lab, materials testing lab, computational engineering workstations, and many other great resources.
  • Develop leadership skills by joining engineering clubs such as The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and The National Society of Black Engineers and take part in volunteer and outreach events with fellow students.

About Our Engineering Faculty

  • Learn one-on-one with your professors in small classes that give you an abundance of resources and guidance.
  • Discover your interest in engineering with professors who can provide you with unique hands-on learning, such as interdisciplinary capstone project development and collaboration opportunities in energy, autonomous vehicles, sensing, defense corps and more.
  • Find your niche with professors who have a variety of interests in engineering-related fields, including micro, nano-engineering; advanced composites materials development; smart materials and systems.

Sample FSU Materials Engineering Courses

Engineering Materials and Manufacturing – Basic material structures and properties. Mechanical behavior of materials. Manufacturing processes theory. Materials processing. Quality assurance. Laboratory experiments.

Fundamentals of Materials Engineering – Structure of crystalline solids and imperfections in materials. Electrical, thermal, magnetic and optical properties of materials. Characterization of materials by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy.

Microfabrication – Overview of microfabrication technologies and the science of miniaturization. Microsensors, nanotechnology. Photolithography, dry etching, wet etching, chemical vapor deposition and physical vapor deposition.


Career Outlook for Materials Engineers 

Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials used to create a wide range of products; serve as a focal point in the material development/selection/process development in the growing fields, such as defense, energy, infrastructure and biomedical engineering. For more information, visit Bureau of Labor Statistics - Materials Engineering.

Our graduates are highly sought out and employed by companies such as U.S. Office of Naval intelligence, U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Huntington Ingalls Industries, and Northrop Grumman.

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