The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences are dedicated to assisting students with all aspects of their academic planning while providing a foundation for appropriate academic decisions throughout their undergraduate studies. Both the college and the department are here to help you make the most out of your study of Materials Science and Engineering at Penn State.
It is the responsibility of all students to initiate contact with academic advisers, monitor their academic progress, and follow university policies. Please work closely with your assigned academic adviser. You can find contact information in LionPATH.
How to Contact an Advisor
As a student in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, you have multiple options for requesting academic advising assistance. You can work with your assigned adviser (often a faculty member in your current or intended major), advising staff in each department, or advisers in the Ryan Family Student Center.
Who Should I Contact?
All students in the department are assigned to an academic adviser. Often, this adviser is a faculty or staff member in the students major or intended major. In addition to an assigned adviser, students also have access to general advisers in the Ryan Family Student Center (14 Deike Building). Assigned advisers are more connected to specific programs and are best prepared to help students make decisions in course selection for major requirements, approve substitutions, and make post graduation plans. Advisers in the Ryan Family Student Center can assist in understanding university policies and procedures, general education selections and substitutions, change of major, adding minors, issues around academic difficulty, and study abroad plans.