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What will I learn?

The Chemistry/Materials Science major is designed for students who are interested in chemistry with an emphasis on material properties and provides students the opportunity to gain expertise in both chemistry and the science and engineering in materials such as semiconductors, photonic materials, polymers, biomaterials, ceramics, and nano-scale structures. Students explore the reactivity of such materials in different environments and gain understanding of how chemical compositions affect properties. The major provides appropriate preparation for graduate studies in many fields emphasizing interdisciplinary research, including chemistry, engineering, and applied science.

Learning Outcomes

The Chemistry/Materials Science major has the following learning outcomes:

Understanding of the foundations of materials chemistry including nanoscience, materials synthesis, and materials processing

Understanding of different methods for materials characterization, measurement of materials properties, and general structure/function relationships

Familiarity with laboratory methods for materials chemistry and practical laboratory experience with such methods, including X-ray diffraction, optical absorption and fluorescence spectroscopes, electrical measurements, and electron and scanning probe microscopes

Understanding of basic operational principles for a broad range of practical devices (e.g., LEDs, photovoltaics, electrochromics, etc.) from a fundamental materials perspective

Safely and effectively work in a materials laboratory setting

Knowledge of how to handle chemicals in a safe manner following OSHA-approved regulations and procedures

Knowledge of how to use information resources to search and access safety databases

Use of computers, including data acquisition and software tools for calculating and understanding materials properties

Demonstrated broad mastery of materials chemistry including critical thinking, problem solving, working effectively in diverse groups

Communication of knowledge through written reports and oral presentations

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,754.00 per year
Given fee is for nonresident supplemental tuition; University Fees: USD $13,239
Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected September 2023


College of Letters and Science

2300 Murphy Hall,



90095, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum score of 550 in paper based TOEFL. Students who have attended school under the British system must present five GCSE/Ordinary-Level examinations and at least three Advanced-Level examinations with superior grades.

For international students

To be considered for admission to UCLA, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in the home country.

English language proficiency is critical to your success at UCLA. Applicants, whose first language, or language of instruction for at least the last three years, is not English, are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A competitive score is above 100 (with sub-scores above 22)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A competitive score is 7 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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