Materials Engineering

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Materials engineers focus on improving what things are made of and how they are made. New materials enable better performance and sustainable technologies.

You will learn from professors who create advanced materials for high-efficiency energy storage and conversion technologies, lower the cost of solar cells using silicon extracted from rice husk, and develop lightweight and high-performance materials for aerospace and automotive applications.

This is where advanced engineering and cutting-edge science meet. You’ll study how to design and manipulate the structure and properties of materials at a molecular and atomic level. With a foundation in chemistry, physics and math, you’ll then add specialized engineering knowledge in nanotechnology, biomaterials, adaptive polymers, advanced semiconductors, photovoltaics, forensics, and many more exciting fields.

Your upper years will allow you to focus on: Nanomaterials & Nanotechnology; Biomaterials & Bioengineering; Materials in Manufacturing; and Materials Processing & Sustainable Development. U of T is ranked first in Canada for materials science. Upon graduation, you will join a network of alumni who are leaders in creating global sustainable solutions.

First Year Courses

  • Calculus I and II
  • Electrical Fundamentals
  • Engineering Strategies & Practice I and II
  • Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • Introduction to Materials Science
  • Linear Algebra
  • Mechanics
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Seminar: Orientation to Engineering

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