Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree

Materials & Metallurgical Engineering

Bachelor’s Degree



The Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program at Colorado School of Mines provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the processing, properties, selection and application of structural and functional materials. Students will learn about crystal structures and structural analysis, thermodynamics of materials, transport phenomena and kinetics, phase equilibria and the properties of materials, as well as how to apply this knowledge in materials processing, the design and application of materials, and statistical process control and design of experiments.

In our program, undergraduate students have the option of choosing one of four focus areas:

  • Physical and manufacturing metallurgy
  • Ceramic and electronic materials
  • Physicochemical processing of materials
  • Biomaterials

Students will gain foundational knowledge and have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning in our “hot shop” alongside a faculty dedicated to your success and your future.

Learn more about our exciting program here: Metallurgical and Materials Engineering website

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Work alongside world-class faculty Winners of the Materials Bowl 8x in the last 15 years
Laboratory projects and plant visits Largest research expenditures of all departments at Mines


The metallurgical and materials engineering discipline is founded on fundamentals in chemistry, mathematics and physics which contribute to building the knowledge base and developing the skills for the processing of materials so as to achieve specifications requested for a particular industrial or advanced product. The engineering principles in this discipline include crystal structure and structural analysis, thermodynamics of materials, reaction kinetics, transport phenomena, phase equilibria, phase transformations, microstructural evolution, mechanical behavior and properties of materials.

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Curriculum


Available Minors

  • Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
  • Explosive Processing of Materials

Suggested careers for metallurgical and materials engineering majors:

  • Ceramic engineer
  • Computer and electronic product manufacturer
  • Metal manufacturer
  • Metallurgical engineer
  • Semiconductor processing engineer
  • Product engineer
  • Research and development engineer
  • Research scientist


With a renowned faculty, world-class research facilities, and a student experience unlike any other, there are a lot of reasons to study metallurgical & materials engineering at Mines. 

Just take a look:

  • Hands-on experience in our “hot shop” and foundry
  • Summer field sessions
  • Learn from faculty with industry experience
  • Take part in Free Pour Friday
  • CSMMAC Chapter of Excellence for 10 consecutive years
  • Mines has the largest collegiate section of the society of Women Engineers in the US
  • $76.2 average start salary for 2021-22 MME graduates


What will your next step be?

At Colorado School of Mines, our faculty have close tied with industry, government, laboratories and academia that provide opportunities with internship and employment for students and alumni. The department has a national and international reputation as a leader in metallurgy and materials engineering.  

Some of the top employers of our previous graduates include:

  • NASA
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Boeing
  • Chevron
  • BP
  • IBM
  • Phillips 66
  • Arcelor Mittal


Eve Mozur


Dr. Eve Mozur serves as an assistant professor in the Metallurgical & Materials Engineering Department. With a PhD in Chemistry, she has recently joined Mines in the summer of 2022 and her scholarship is driven by a central and pertinent question: “Why do we use the materials that we use?”

Dr. Mozur’s research interests include oxides for next generation energy storage, intermetallics with exotic magnetism and more. Students in her research group will gain vital expertise in structure and property determination.

Heather Hoffman

Heather Hoffman

I chose Mines because I knew it would set me up for my future. The high-quality education and the opportunities available here make me feel prepared for my career.

Heather Hoffman
Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Student

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More Affordable.

Mines’ financial assistance program awards more than $60 million per year, and over 82 percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid.










Mines by the Numbers

median pay for materials engineers, 2019, Bureau of Labor Statistics

No. 4
Best Engineering College in the United States, Money Magazine, 2020

A Student Experience Like no Other

At Mines, we inspire students who are driven to be innovators and advance the knowledge of those who want to address today’s greatest challenges.