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Why Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State?

Discover your place at Penn State. Join the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and become part of a diverse network of students who strive to serve others, improve the world, and advance their careers. Many students think of our student hub, the Ryan Family Student Center, as a home away from home. In between classes, students frequently take breaks at the Ryan Family Student Center to study, chat with friends, rest, grab some coffee or talk with our advisers, tutors, and staff who want to support you as you find your niche and pursue your educational goals.


Learn from world-class faculty

Highly esteemed in their research fields, our faculty are advancing the frontiers of knowledge and improving quality of life through their research. Our faculty are also dedicated to teaching the next generation of leaders and are approachable mentors who help our students learn and prepare for their careers.

Join a community of ambitious student leaders

Hundreds of students participate in the EMS Student Council, which provides opportunities to make friends, get involved in service activities, and build leadership skills. You can also join one of our many student organizations to find students with passions like yours.

Student Council

Test your skills outside the classroom

Take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, complete internships at prestigious companies, work side-by-side with researchers in their laboratories, and more.

Learn from accomplished alumni as you prepare for the start of your career

The Graduates of Earth and Mineral Sciences (GEMS) alumni group plays a key role in our students’ experience. Alumni regularly volunteer their time to come back to campus and discuss their life and career experience with students, including volunteering at EMEX and TOTEMS.

Ryan Family Student Center

Get Support from Dedicated Staff

At the Ryan Family Student Center, you can speak with academic advisers about classes to schedule, a technology tutor to learn new skills, a writing tutor to fine-tune the writing of your papers, and a math tutor to gain a better understanding of challenging math problems.