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Engineering Science Degree, Materials Science and Engineering Area of Concentration

Associate of Science

Effective Fall 2020, no new students will be accepted into this degree program. New students are encouraged to follow the General Engineering or Mechanical Engineering degree. Existing students in this degree will have until Fall 2023 to complete the degree program or choose a new major.

Scientist working with silicon wafer in laboratory

New technologies developed through engineering and science will continue to make startling changes in our lives in the 21st century, and workers in materials science and engineering will continue to be a key in these changes and advances.

These engineers deal with the science and technology of producing materials that have properties and shapes suitable for practical use. Materials include metals, ceramics, polymers (plastics), semiconductors, and their combinations called composites. The activities of these engineers range from primary materials production, including recycling, through the design and development of new materials, to the reliable and economical processing/manufacturing of the final product.

Such activities are found commonly in industries such as aerospace, transportation, electronics, energy conversion, and biomedical systems. Many applications are limited by the operating constraints imposed by the properties or behavior of the materials that are currently available. Higher quality products result from improved processing and more emphasis will be placed on reclaiming and recycling. 

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Identify, formulate, and solve basic physics and engineering problems in material science.
  • Identify properties of various materials and their applications.
  • Use appropriate computer application software in material engineering.

Program Advising 

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process. 

Transfer Opportunities

This track will prepare students to transfer to a four-year university with a major in materials science and engineering. Specific requirements in colleges vary. See all engineering transfer agreements.


For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.


Suggested Course Sequence: Materials Science and Engineering

A suggested Materials Science and Engineering course sequence for students follows.


  • All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor.
  • Find out about related programs and course in the Fields of Study section.
  • Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.
  • All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.

Suggested Course Sequence

A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

** Behavioral and Social Science Distribution (BSSD) courses must come from different disciplines.

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