Inamori School of Engineering
Glass Engineering Science (GES)

Glass fireMajor Requirements

Minor Requirements

Program Outcomes and Objectives

Enrollment and Graduation Data


What do Glass Scientists do?
Glass has been used for thousands of years--in drinking glasses, storage bottles, decorative objects, and jewelry. Glass has the same uses today, but has become a truly high-technology material used in sophisticated windows that control light and heat, in fiber optics for high-speed communication, and in advanced medical treatments such as bone-setting materials. Engineers and scientists who understand glass and its production are needed by the glass industry and companies who use glass in their products.

Watch more about glass science and engineering, in "A Day Made of Glass" by Corning, Incorporated.

What will I study?
In your first year, you will take Introduction to Engineering and the Glass Engineering Exploration Lab in addition to foundation courses in math, chemistry and physics. In subsequent semesters, you'll develop expertise in general and glass materials through a blend of classroom and laboratory experiences. In your final year, you'll showcase your talents by conducting independent glass research in collaboration with a faculty advisor as part of our senior thesis requirement.

The minor in glass science is ideal for students who want to learn more about glass while majoring in chemistry, physics, or any of our other engineering majors.

What will I do aftergraduation?
The program prepares graduates for careers as materials engineers with specialized knowledge of glass. Our graduates are highly sought after by companies that develop and manufacture glass materials, often advancing to leadership positions in the field. Many of our graduates pursue advanced degrees to work as researchers in industry, government laboratories, and academia. Learn more about Careers in Glass Engineering Science.

Why study Glass Engineering Science at Alfred University?

  • The only undergraduate glass program in the nation
  • A hands-on curriculum that introduces students to glass science during the first year
  • Plenty of opportunities for undergraduate research and access to state-of-the-art research facilities for modeling, making, and characterizing glass materials
  • A senior-thesis project that allows you to showcase your research skills and demonstrate your creative talents for solving real-world ceramic problems
  • Small class sizes and a dedicated faculty who are leaders in the field
  • An extensive alumni network working in the glass and ceramic industry

The Glass Engineering Science Program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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Inamori School of Engineering
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