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Materials Science and Engineering Minor

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.

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
  • MSE 3324 Structure and Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • 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