Materials Science and Engineering

University of California, Berkeley


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) administers undergraduate and graduate programs in materials science and engineering. In addition, undergraduate students may elect to apply for one of five joint major programs.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) encompasses all natural and synthetic materials – their extraction, synthesis, processing, properties, characterization, and development for technological applications. Materials Engineers are involved in every aspect of technology, ranging from the design of materials for use in consumer electronics, medical and healthcare applications, energy generation and storage, transportation (from vehicles to bridges), and beyond. MSE teaches core fundamentals while preparing students to solve modern-day materials challenges. Students can also become involved in cutting-edge research in one of the many faculty-led research groups. The MSE program is ABET accredited.  

Students in materials science and engineering apply a basic foundation of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and engineering to fields of specialization that include biomaterials; electronic, magnetic, and optical materials; materials for energy technologies; structural materials; chemical and electrochemical materials science and engineering; and computational materials science and engineering. Nanoscale science and engineering play an important role in all of these specializations.

Research Facilities

There are many cutting-edge research facilities on campus that are available for Materials Science and Engineering, such as the Marvell Nanofabrication Lab, the Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center (BNC), and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (qb3).  Students in our program commonly pursue research projects that make use of these facilities, as well as those available through the national user facilities at the nearby Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Undergraduate Programs

Materials Science and Engineering: BS
Bioengineering/Materials Science and Engineering: BS (Joint Major)
Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering: BS (Joint Major offered in cooperation with the College of Chemistry)
Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences/Materials Science and Engineering: BS (Joint Major)
Materials Science and Engineering/Mechanical Engineering: BS (Joint Major)
Materials Science and Engineering/Nuclear Engineering: BS (Joint Major)

Graduate Programs

Materials Science and Engineering: MEng, 5th Year BS/MS, MS/PhD, PhD

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Contact Information

Department of Materials Science and Engineering

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-642-3801

Fax: 510-643-5792

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Department Chair

Lane Martin

216 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Graduate Student Services Adviser

Ariana Castro

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

Phone: 510-642-0716

Undergraduate Student Services Advisor

Medina Kohzad

210 Hearst Memorial Mining Building

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