Your Future In Materials Science and Engineering

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 high starting salaries. UNT is one of only two universities in Texas that offers a bachelor's degree in this field.

Graduates enjoy being a 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 nation's economic health, defense and human welfare needs. Graduates are employed in many fields ranging from aerospace to forensics to transportation.

Your skills will be sought by top-tier technology companies and Fortune 500 companies in the region, the U.S. Department of Energy's National Laboratories and academia. In addition, you can work in:

  • Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Marketing
  • Materials design for small and large companies
  • Research
  • Your own business

What we offer

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering has a collegial, open-door environment where your development is our primary focus.

We'll train you in all aspects of modern materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, and electronic and optical materials. You'll learn about the fundamental principles of:

  • How materials are made
  • How they behave during application
  • How their structure and properties are measured and quantified
  • How to improve a material's performance

Our professors and researchers have expertise in metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and computational materials science. Many are internationally and nationally known for their work and pursue research along with our students in:

  • Advanced manufacturing methods using plasmas, lasers and electron beams
  • Characterization of cultural heritage objects
  • Designing lightweight, high-strength aerospace materials
  • Developing materials for energy applications
  • Engineering materials for biomedical implants
  • Fabricating materials for next generation microelectronics
  • Integrated Computational Materials Engineering (ICME)

Our computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical and energy engineering degrees, are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET, (415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201; 410-347-7700).

Outstanding research opportunities and student support

Most labs and faculty members have research positions available to students. These positions give you hands-on training and real-world learning opportunities. The program also has strong relationships with companies that fund research grants and provide internships and jobs.

In addition to numerous research labs including the Materials Research Facility, the department supports the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) and the Center for Friction Stir Processing. The Institute for Science and Engineering Simulation conducts jet engine research that aids the Air Force in developing next-generation aircraft.

You can join our student chapters of the Materials Research Society, the Society of Plastics Engineers and Materials Advantage to interact with other students who share your interests.

A Living-Learning Community brings together engineering students who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.

Located five 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.

What to expect

You'll receive an academically challenging, personalized and hands-on education using the latest technology.

Our small classes average 30 students, allowing you to receive personal attention from faculty members and have meaningful interactions with your peers. Our lab classes average 12 students.

In addition to the university's core curriculum and other math, physics and chemistry courses, you'll take such classes as:

  • Materials Processing
  • Materials Selection and Performance
  • Microstructure and Characterization of Materials
  • Phase Transformation in Materials
  • Physical Metallurgy Principles

A senior design project will be completed with a faculty member who specializes in your interest in your last year.