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Materials Sciences Major

580 yearly degrees
#277 in popularity

Materials sciences is a major that typically falls into the Physical Sciences category.

There are 3 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in materials science, 10 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 36 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 40 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Materials Science Degree?

This is a less frequently chosen major. Only 200 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in materials sciences in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 60.9% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of materials science majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 23.7%
  • Black or African American: 1.2%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 5.3%
  • White: 45.6%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 17.2%
  • Other Races: 7.1%
Materials Sciences Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in materials science. About 17.2% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending materials science majors to the U.S. are China, India and South Korea.

What Can You Do With a Materials Science Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with materials science:

Careers Related to Materials Sciences
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Natural Sciences Managers






Chemistry Professors






Materials Scientists



Architectural and Engineering Managers



Engineering Professors



Online Materials Sciences Programs

There are 10 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in materials sciences, with 1 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Many learners are drawn to online programs due to the ease of use and flexibility. Students should be warned that those who enroll in online programs can take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to drop out.


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
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