University at Buffalo

B.S. in Materials Science

Program Description

Your clothes. Your water bottle. The screen you’re looking at right now. They’re all made from materials. Now imagine if you could make these materials stronger, safer and more sustainable. Sound interesting? Then this is the major for you. Whether you want to design longer-lasting batteries, more comfortable contact lenses, or solar panels that can be made without toxic materials, this is where you start. It’s the perfect program for people who love chemistry and data-and want a major that can (literally) touch all of our lives.

Focus Areas

  • General chemistry
  • Chemistry: principles and applications
  • Engineering computations
  • STEM communications
  • Chemical design for materials
  • Materials design & informatics
  • Multiscale design of materials
  • Quantitative methods in materials characterization
  • Foundations of materials thermodynamics and structures
  • Kinetics, defects, and transport
  • Statistical principles of materials informatics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Protein engineering

Potential Career Opportunities

  • Materials engineering
  • Materials consultant
  • Technical sales engineer
  • Environmental materials engineer
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Electronics materials engineer
  • Energy materials engineer
  • Aerospace materials engineer
  • Materials testing engineer
  • Product development engineer
  • R & D scientist

Target audience


Program Format


Educational Level Prerequisites

High School diploma

Program Type

Degree Program

Expected Outcomes