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Materials Science and Engineering

Your Future In Materials Science and Engineering

Do you want to invent or experiment with new materials? Are you interested in contributing to the innovation and application of nanotechnology, biotechnology, microelectronics, 21st century energy production/transmission/consumption, and new lightweight, fuel efficient vehicles?

A Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of North Texas will prepare you to enter fast-emerging fields with relatively high starting salaries. Students who earn the degree enjoy being part of a close-knit professional community that bridges disciplines, such as applied physics and chemistry, in order to solve complex engineering problems.

While the community is traditionally small, the discipline has a significant impact on the nationís economic health, defense and human welfare needs. Graduates are employed in:

  • aerospace
  • biomedicine
  • defense
  • forensics
  • microelectronics
  • advanced manufacturing
  • oil and gas
  • primary material suppliers
  • power generation and energy storage
  • sports
  • transportation

Your skills will also be sought by top-tier technology companies and Fortune 500 companies in the region, U.S. Departments of Energy and Defenseís National Laboratories and academia. In addition, you can work in research, development, manufacturing, marketing, materials design and structures for small and large companies or start your own business.

What we offer

As one of only three Texas universities offering a B.S. in the field, we are committed to training you in all aspects of modern materials. These materials include metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic and optical materials.

In-depth teaching of the science of materials will allow you to understand the fundamental structure-property relations in materials. For example, how atomic bonding and atomic level defects impact the properties of materials. Instruction in the engineering of materials will help you understand how processing routes affect a finished productís properties and how to predict material performance.

We have 19 full-time professors and other researchers with expertise in metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and computational materials science. Many are internationally and nationally known for their work. Our faculty members and students pursue research in:

  • engineering materials for biomedical implants
  • designing lightweight, high-strength aerospace materials
  • fabricating materials for next generation microelectronics
  • advanced manufacturing methods using plasmas, lasers and electron beams
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)
  • developing materials for energy applications

The department houses two National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers ó the Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys and the Center for Friction Stir Processing ó that give students hands-on training and real-world learning opportunities. The Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation conducts jet engine research that aids the Air Force in developing next generation aircraft. Students can also take advantage of internships in national laboratories with local and national industrial partners.

Located 4.5 miles north of the main campus and serviced by a free shuttle, Discovery Park houses the College of Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. This 300-acre research facility pulls together academic laboratories, offices and classrooms to maximize the potential for creativity, collaboration and technology innovation. Our students prepare for engineering careers that solve societal problems, advance technology and improve the quality of life for people everywhere.

What to expect

You will receive an academically challenging, personalized and "hands-on" education using the latest technology so you can be immediately productive in your career.

The department has a collegial, open-door environment where your development is our primary focus. Most laboratories and faculty members have research positions available for students. Because of our location and faculty membersí national and international reputations, the program enjoys access and strong relationships with numerous companies that fund research grants and provide internships and jobs.

Our small classes average 20 students, allowing you to receive personal attention from faculty members and have meaningful interactions with your peers. Our lab classes average 12 students, which are further segmented into smaller lab groups.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting handson experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.