Immerse yourself in the design and creation of new materials and systems in their bachelor’s program in Materials Science and Engineering. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the relationships between materials structure, properties, and functions, allowing you to apply your knowledge of robotics, mechanical systems, and advanced manufacturing to applications in electronics, energy, sustainability, healthcare, public health, and many other areas.
Sample courses: Physical Properties of Materials, Soft Matter,Crystallography and Diffraction, Thermodynamics of Materials, Photonic Metamaterials, Materials for Renewable and Sustainable Energy, Biomaterials, Chemical Metallurgy and Resource Extraction, Additive Manufacturing, Solid Mechanics, Biomass Energy and Materials.
Prepare for the Future with Our Curriculum
During the first two years of your undergraduate journey at Westlake you will take the same classes with students in your cohort, prior to declaring a major. The program is designed to stimulate your intellectual curiosity and create a cross-disciplinary community of peers. Their interdisciplinary core curriculum follows a liberal arts model to build a breadth of knowledge in science, engineering, humanities, and social sciences, and will help you make connections between important and diverse global issues.
Science and engineering core courses prepare you for advanced study in all of our five majors and to develop foundational skills in mathematics, quantitative reasoning, computing, and critical thinking. These courses allow you to explore your academic interests across disciplines, make an informed choice about your eventual major, and to establish a framework for advanced interdisciplinary research projects.
Acquire Chinese Language Skills for Success
All international undergraduate students study Chinese for two or more years. Familiarity with Mandarin Chinese, the primary language of nearly twelve percent of the world population, is becoming increasingly important as the world becomes more interconnected. Their Chinese language classes, in tandem with a superb education in a science or engineering field will give you an edge as you pursue your career in a globalized economy.
Study Abroad at Top Universities
The study abroad experience is an integral part of your Westlake education. After completing your freshman and sophomore years, you will spend a semester or full year abroad at one of our partner institutions in North America, Australia, Europe, or Asia. Study destinations include programs at UC Berkeley, Cornell University, UC San Diego, University of Edinburgh, University of Queensland, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and many more.
Develop Skills for Lifelong Learning
Once you declare your major in your sophomore year, get ready to accelerate your learning with a program designed to equip you for the challenges you will face in your career. Along with core courses and electives, each of their five majors also include experiential programs and opportunities for independent study, theoretical and laboratory research, and interdisciplinary investigations.
At Westlake’s renowned key laboratories, you can work alongside world-class faculty and researchers as you develop valuable research skills while receiving professional guidance and mentoring. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to take advanced graduate-level courses as electives and can choose from over 300 courses in topics from science, engineering, and technology. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, you will undertake a capstone project culminating in a senior thesis. This project is your opportunity to make meaningful contributions to your field and will establish a starting point for the next phase of your life, whether it be graduate school, entrepreneurship, an industrial career, or another path. Show less