The interdisciplinary field of materials science and engineering has become critical to many emerging areas of science and advanced technology. As a result, there is a growing demand for engineers and scientists with education and training in materials science and engineering. The Materials Science and Engineering Department provides students with such education and training through its graduate master's and doctoral degree programs. Additionally, the department offers undergraduate courses for use as electives in science and engineering, in Fast Track Programs in Materials Science and Engineering, and in minor programs in this discipline.
The goal of the minor program in Materials Science and Engineering is to give students a foundation in the governing principles of materials science which complements their major field of study, as well as an understanding of the latest trends. As such, the program is flexible in coursework requirements and can be tailored to each student's interest.
Admission to the minor program in Materials Science and Engineering requires GPA of 2.0 or higher and approval by the Materials Science and Engineering Department undergraduate advisor as well as the student's home department. Information on admissions and course requirements can be obtained from the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program advisor. The minor will be conferred at the same time the degree is conferred and the degree and minor will be recorded on the student's transcript. The minor will not be on the diploma. Minors may not be conferred retroactively upon students who have graduated.
Scholarships may be available for students who meet the academic requirements set by the Materials Science and Engineering minor program. Minor program students may also work as undergraduate research assistants for Materials Science and Engineering faculty.
To receive a minor in Materials Science and Engineering, a student must complete 18 hours of the following courses with a grade of C or better in each course. Courses must be approved in advance by the MSE undergraduate program advisor. A student must complete:
MSE 3300 Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (MAE
2321 for MAE majors)
MSE 3321 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MAE 3321 for MAE majors)
MSE 4320 Nanoscale Materials,
and three of the following courses for which the prerequisites are satisfied
MSE 4310 Polymer Material Science
MSE 4315 Introduction to Composites (MAE 4315 for MAE majors)
MSE 4336 Advanced Mechanical Behavior of Materials (MAE 4336 for MAE majors)
MSE 4337 Fatigue of Engineering Materials (MAE 4390 for MAE majors)
MSE 4338 Failure Analysis (MAE 4338 for MAE majors)
MSE 4339 Fracture Mechanics (MAE 4339 for MAE majors)
MSE 4390 Special Topics in Materials Science (e.g., electrical, optical and magnetic properties of materials)
CHEM 3307 Introduction to Polymer Chemistry
CHEM 3315 Introduction to Biophysical Chemistry
CHEM 3321 Physical Chemistry
CHEM 4303 Quantum Chemistry
CHEM 4318 Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 4346 Advanced Synthetic Methods
MAE 3344 Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering
PHYS 3313 Introduction to Modern Physics
PHYS 3455 Electronics
PHYS 4324 Advanced Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 4325 Solid State Physics
PHYS 4326 Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
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