University of California - Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Barbara

Materials Science


University of California,

Santa Barbara, CA 93106

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

PhD - Materials Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Materials Department is an innovative graduate program that has taken a leading position in teaching and research. The Materials Department offers programs leading to the Ph.D. degree with specializations in the following major areas: Electronic & Photonic Materials (compound semiconductors, quantum structures, advanced lasers, solid state lighting, microelectromechanical systems); Inorganic Materials (ferroelectrics, optical materials, zeolite molecular sieves and catalysts); Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials (self-assembling polymers, complex fluids, biopolymers, biomembranes, conducting and photonic polymers), and Structural Materials (advanced alloys, ceramics, composites, coatings, structural polymers, multifunctional materials). The curriculum in each area has the flexibility needed to provide multidisciplinary educational opportunities in the field of advanced materials, encompassing topics such as optoelectronic devices, composites, and micromechanics. Materials synthesis, processing and characterization feature prominently with courses in the processing of ceramics, alloys, composites, semiconductor materials, and polymers, as well as advanced topics in electron microscopy. Programs of study and research are individually tailored to accommodate research needs and student interest. Multidisciplinary education is strongly encouraged by means of joint faculty supervision of research and by the selection of courses. Students are also encouraged to cross over traditional boundaries into other campus departments (for example, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry and Physics) through collaboration and taking courses in those departments, as appropriate. There is no foreign language requirement.


Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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