Loyola University Maryland

Department of Engineering

Materials Engineering Concentration

What is Materials Science/Materials Engineering?

Materials science is a wide-ranging interdisciplinary field of science and engineering involving the study of the relationship between the structures of materials (from nano- to macro-scale) and their properties and performance.

Material properties are important in many engineering activities including design, testing, reliability and failure analysis, and product and process development.

Materials engineering involves selecting materials, improving their properties and performance, lowering their manufactured costs, developing new processing methods, and increasing their durability and utility.

Materials are often the starting point for innovation of new products, and materials engineers are frequently on the leading edge in various industries developing as examples: stronger alloys, tougher ceramics, less costly and better performing composites, bio-materials for skin grafts and implants, and fiber optics.

Materials engineers are employed in a variety industries including microelectronics, computer manufacture, telecommunications, automotive, aeronautical/aerospace, building products, energy production, health care, and sports equipment as well as in basic research.

More information about the field of materials engineering, including short interviews with practicing professionals, is available at the Sloan Career Cornerstone Center.

Requirements and guidelines for a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with a concentration in materials engineering:

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

  • EG 101 Intro. to Engineering or EG 103 Engineering & Society
  • MA 251 Calculus I
  • PH 201 General Physics I
  • PH 291 Gen. Physics Lab I 
  • WR 100 Effective Writing
  • Language Core

Spring Semester

  • EG 140 Programming Tools for Engineering & Science
  • HS 100-Level Core Course 
  • MA 252 Calculus II
  • PH 202 General Physics II
  • PH 292 Gen. Physics Lab II
  • TH 201 Introduction to Theology

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

  • CH 101 General Chemistry I
  • CH 105 Gen. Chemistry Lab I
  • EG 031 Linear Circuit Analysis Lab
  • EG 331 Linear Circuit Analysis
  • EG 301 Statics
  • MA 351 Calculus III
  • PL 201 Foundations of Philosophy

Spring Semester

  • EG 051 Materials Science Lab
  • EG 302 Dynamics
  • EG 351 Intro. to Engineering Materials
  • EG 380 Thermodynamics
  • MA 304 Differential Equations
  • MA 301 Intro. to Linear Algebra

Junior Year

Fall Semester

  • EG 390 Experimental Methods
  • EG 320 Solid Mechanics Lab
  • EG 420 Solid Mechanics
  • EG 381 Probability & Statistics
  • EN 101 Understanding Literature
  • Materials Engineering Concentration Course
  • Engineering Elective

Spring Semester

  • EG 441 Engineering Systems Analysis
  • PL 200-Level Philosophical Perspectives Course
  • English Core
  • History Core
  • EG 426 Computer-Aided Simulation and Design
  • Materials Engineering Concentration Course

Senior Year

Fall Semester

  • EG 497 Engineering Design Project I
  • Theology Core 
  • Fine Arts Core
  • Social Science Core
  • Materials Engineering Concentration Course
  • Elective

Spring Semester

  • EG 498 Engineering Design Project II
  • Ethics Core
  • Social Science Core 
  • Materials Engineering Concentration Course
  • Elective 
  • Elective

Materials Engineering Concentration Courses

  • EG 452 Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Materials
  • EG 453 Structure of Solids
  • EG 454 Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • EG 455 Transformations in Solids


Raenita Fenner

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