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Engineering Science 


Engineering Science is the study and application of physical sciences and mathematics to support engineering design, research and technological advancement.  It stands at the core of research and development in today’s rapidly evolving “high-tech” industries, and informs the complex design process necessary to respond to emerging needs, such as alternative energy generation, superdense data storage, nanotechnology-based sensors for homeland security, environmental clean up and sustainable development.

In order to prepare students for employment in these high technology fields or graduate study in related areas, the Engineering Science major is  both thorough enough to provide a strong background and flexible enough to respond to diverse student needs and a rapidly-evolving workplace. It provides a hands-on approach to real-world engineering problem solving, as well as opportunities for students to explore the leading edge of technological innovation with state-of-the-art tools.

The B.E. in Engineering Science: A Student-Focused Program

The major in Engineering Science (ESG) furnishes the student with a broad background in the basic engineering disciplines, and a multidisciplinary approach to both design and engineering research. It is designed for those who want a more flexible engineering education than that available from conventional engineering programs. The core program includes an extensive design experience that builds upon fundamental concepts and matches the requirements of professional practice. Courses chosen for the core program have been carefully selected to enhance student learning in research, design and communication.

In addition, an area of specialization must be formally declared and is completed through appropriate selection of technical electives and senior design topic. Current areas of specialization include:

Alternatively, with the help of a faculty advisor, the student may design a program uniquely suited to his or her own interests and objectives that cut across departmental and college lines.


 We are committed to providing every student in our program with a real research experience. You will work with your peers and with expert mentors to discover the role of research in today’s high-technology workplace or to prepare yourself for graduate work in a research laboratory.  From our up-to-date teaching laboratories to our world-class materials research laboratories, students work with the tools and techniques which are opening up new frontiers in the development of engineering materials and devices.

The Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering is rated first among engineering departments at Stony Brook in terms of overall research funding. We are the only materials science and engineering department in the nation to have world-class research laboratories in :

  • Surface Science and Engineering
  • Advanced Materials Characterization
  • Magneto-Optic Materials
  • Mesoscale Integrated Conformal Electronics
  • Computational Materials Science
  • Surface Structure
  • Environmental Chemistry and Remediation
  • Crystal Growth
  • Synchrotron X-ray Topography
  • Catalysis
  • Energy Science

Please feel free to contact faculty or students associated with individual laboratories for additional information.




Aside from our B.E. curriculum and access to our teaching and research laboratories, we offer additional ways to extend the learning experience – both for students in our engineering program and for those in other programs who would like to see what Engineering Science has to offer.



Minors provide a concentration in an area of engineering or applied science for students who have a particular interest or desire to integrate that area into their current studies.  Our minors  currently include:


Industrial internships:

Having real-world experience is extremely valuable when deciding on your eventual career goals and when applying for jobs.  The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences (CEAS) has an active industrial internship program involving many local high-technology industries.  In many cases, companies have offered permanent positions to students who interned with them for the summer or a semester. In addition to the CEAS program, we offer course credit for working on collaborative projects with industry in our Department’s laboratories through registration for ESM 488 (Cooperative Industrial Practice).