The B.S. Materials Chemistry major is a solid, rigorous and interdisciplinary curriculum for students interested in the discovery, design and synthesis of novel materials with an emphasis on the chemistry and chemical control of structure and collective properties. Offered in collaboration with the Physics Department, it provides an intensive background for graduate study in chemistry, nanoscience, and materials engineering. It is also a very strong major for immediate employment in chemical and materials industries.
Materials scientists are employed by companies whose products include catalysts, polymers, ceramics, biomaterials, composites, coatings and films, optics, electronics, batteries and fuel cells. Research in materials chemistry combines organic, inorganic, polymer, physical, biological, and analytical chemistry. Materials scientists apply novel chemical principles and a variety of instrumental techniques to create exciting new materials with unique sensory, mechanical, biological, electronic and magnetic properties.