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Chemical Engineering with specialization in material science

bvo112bvo112 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
My question is about how important is the specialization in material science. How do employers know if you specialize in something? Would the university indicate that I specialize in material science if I am majoring in chemical engineering? Thank you.

Replies to: Chemical Engineering with specialization in material science

  • boneh3adboneh3ad Forum Champion Engineering Posts: 7,392 Forum Champion
    edited March 2016
    Every school likely handles the issue differently, but an employer will see what classes you have taken on your transcript at the very least, so they will know if you have the sort of background that supports the claim of a specialization just from that. It would also likely be evident in talking to you whether you actually have any more advanced knowledge in a given area. Of course, some schools may also put the specialization on your transcript explicitly, but to a prospective employer, it is more important that you demonstrate you actually have that expertise in your interactions with them than some words on a paper.
  • bvo112bvo112 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    Has anyone major in chemical engineering? Did you guys specialize in something or minor in someone? Did anyone do anything related with material science?
  • bvo112bvo112 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
  • TopCatalTopCatal Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    It's fairly common for chemical engineers to have a materials science specialization, but I doubt that it has much of an effect on employment prospects. One area it might help is if you try to apply to graduate school in materials science -- schools may be more likely to believe that you have sufficient materials science background for graduate study.
  • bvo112bvo112 Registered User Posts: 298 Junior Member
    Does chemical engineering with a material science minor help?
  • billcshobillcsho Registered User Posts: 18,405 Senior Member
    Not much for job opportunity. Only consider if yoj are ewally interested in it. My can get double major in ChemE and MSE for just 14 more credits than ChemE alone and graduate within 4 years without additional cost. And yet, she decided not to do that. In contrary, she is thinking of minor in civil and environmental engineering for interest and she just need to take one or two more classes and still graduates within 4 years with no more than 15 credits per semester.
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