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Chemical Engineering/Materials Science

Christian Dowell

"I found Chemical Engineering by chance...I was lost and confused midway through my first year at UC Davis. Then I found Chemical Engineering, which perfectly melded together everything I love: Science, Problem Solving, and Helping People. Chemical Engineering is an absolute perfect fit for me, and I'm lucky to have chosen it at such a great school like UC Davis."-Christian Dowell, 3rd year

*This major is no longer accepting new students*

The Chemical Engineering/Materials Science Program is a combined major that offers unique interdisciplinary courses requiring chemical engineering and materials science students to work together. Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry and engineering to produce useful commodities, ranging from antibiotics to zirconium. Materials science and engineering is directed toward an understanding of the structure, properties, and behavior of materials. The development of new materials and the understanding of chemical processes demand a thorough knowledge of basic engineering and scientific principles, including crystal structure, elastic and plastic behavior, thermodynamics, phase equilibria and reaction rates, and physical and chemical behavior of engineering materials. The Chemical Engineering/Materials Science program provides the background for activities in research, processing, and the design of materials. The curriculum is based on a common core of courses basic to engineering; courses taken during your first two years provide a strong foundation in fundamental engineering concepts.

The Chemical Engineering/Materials Science Engineering program is not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, Click here to learn more about ABET Accreditation.