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Materials Science & Engineering

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What is Materials Science & Engineering?

This interdisciplinary field of study involves taking courses in chemistry, physics, and engineering to build a fundamental understanding of materials. You’ll learn how to tailor the structure, properties, and performance of existing materials and develop and synthesize new materials with unique properties. Finding the right material is important for applications spanning major technological and societal challenges such as renewable energy generation and storage, development of advanced microelectronics, environmental remediation, space exploration, and sustainable transportation. This major may be for you if want to be at the forefront of technology and make things smaller, faster, stronger, and smarter.

Career Options

  • Manufacturing
  • Materials
  • Research
  • Packaging
  • Process development
  • Quality management

Post-Graduation Success1

87% employed or continuing education

57% employed after graduation

30% attending graduate school

$62,984 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Texas Instruments, Ebco, Epic Systems

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Stanford University, Northwestern University

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

31 - 34 ACT Score

1390 - 1510 SAT Score

3.59 - 3.95 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,040
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,180
  • Total: $36,394

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $34,182
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $53,876

International

  • Tuition: $39,400
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses3: $15,520
  • Total: $59,094
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