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Materials Engineering Year 1


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What to Expect

Expect to be a little overwhelmed, if only for the fact that you will be dealing with a lot of change. Your courses will feel fast and furious. Outside of participating in classes, plan to invest 35-40 hours per week in your learning.

The basic humanities, math, science and technology that you will be learning are absolutely critical. It will sometimes be hard to see how these are all connected to engineering, so we have designed a MATE lab sequence (110 (1) /120 (1) /130 (1)) to tie these together as much as possible. In this lab sequence you’ll work in teams to design and build something that helps society live more sustainably in partnership with a local client.

We have also designed this experience to create a strong, healthy tie between you and your greatest defense against academic hardship: your peers. Studies show that supporting relationships like these are critical to your success.

This year you can expect to take about 5 MATE classes, most of which will include a lab or project. 

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Materials Engineering Department
1 Grand Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Location: 41A-229

Phone: (805) 756-2568


Hours: M-F 8am-5pm

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