Materials Science and Engineering

Forging a new age of materials.  

Materials science and engineering is a gateway to a variety of careers, from biotech to space exploration. Hopkins offers many opportunities for cross-disciplinary research through the Institute for NanoBioTechnology, the Hopkins Extreme Materials Institute, and our renowned School of Medicine. You’ll work in small, collaborative groups with faculty and graduate students with the option to focus your studies on the increasingly important disciplines of biomaterials and nanotechnology.


Foundations of Materials Science & Engineering

We study the basic principles of materials science and engineering and how they apply to the behavior of materials in the solid state. Topics include the relationship between electronic structure, chemical bonding, and crystal structure is developed; characterization of atomic and molecular arrangements in crystalline and amorphous solids: metals, ceramics, semiconductors and polymers (including proteins); and the processing and synthesis of these different categories of materials.

Probability & Statistics for the Physical Sciences & Engineering

This is an introduction to probability and statistics at the calculus level. We’ll cover combinatorial probability, independence, conditional probability, random variables, expectation and moments, limit theory, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, tests of means and variances, and goodness-of-fit.

Engineering Management & Leadership

When engineers become working professionals, especially if they become managers, they must juggle knowledge of and tasks associated with operations, finance, ethics, strategy, team citizenship leadership and projects. In this course, you’ll learn about teamwork and people management, and gain an introduction to strategy, finance, and project management. Assignments include writing concise persuasive analyses and action plans and verbally defending your ideas.