Materials at Berkeley (University of California)

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering administers undergraduate and graduate programs in materials science and engineering. In addition, undergraduatestudents may be admitted to one of severaljoint major programs.

Materials science and engineering deals withnatural and man-made materials—theirextraction, processing, development, andcharacterization for technological uses.Advanced engineering activities that dependupon optimized materials include medicaldevice and healthcare industries, electronicsand photonics, the automotive and aerospaceindustries, advanced batteries and fuel cells,and the emerging field of nanotechnology.Students in materials science and engineeringapply a basic foundation of mathematics, chemistry, physics and engineering to fieldsof specialization that include biomaterials; chemical and electrochemical materials science and engineering; computational materials science and engineering; electronic,magnetic and optical materials; and structuralmaterials. Nanoscale science and engineering plays an important role in all of these specializations.

Undergraduate students in the MSE curriculum pursue a program that applies the principles of mathematics, physics, chemistry and engineering to materials systems. The programemphasizes the relationship between theseunderlying principles and the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials.Students learn to apply and integrate their understanding of materials structure, properties,processing and performance to materials selection and design problems. The program also introduces relevant experimental andcomputational methods. The program includes technical electives. Courses selected to satisfy these requirement are chosen toemphasize: biomaterials; electronic materials;materials physics and chemistry; structural materials, or follow a general emphasis.

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