Materials Science & Engineering Minor

for the Minor in Materials Science & Engineering 

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Materials are the basis for all engineering and also are the basis for much of the research in various areas of science. The Minor in Materials Science and Engineering is designed to give students in other areas of engineering and science both a broad view of all materials as well as several courses in a particular area of materials, knowledge that will be of value whether the student pursues a career in industry, government, or academia.

The courses, listed below, have been selected to give an undergraduate student both a strong background in all types of materials as well as more detailed knowledge of a particular area of materials (e.g., ceramics, metals, polymers, electronic materials or biomaterials).

Minor Requirements:

Core Course Work
MSE 280Engineering Materials3
MSE 401Thermodynamics of Materials (Other thermodynamics courses may be substituted upon petition.)3
One additional course chosen from an approved list below:3
Electronic Properties of Matls
Kinetic Processes in Materials
Synthesis of Materials
Microstructure Determination
Thermal-Mech Behavior of Matls
Introductory Area course chosen from an approved list below:3
Ceramic Materials & Properties
Metals Processing
Polymer Science & Engineering
Electronic Materials I
Design and Use of Biomaterials
Senior lab source chosen from an approved list below:3
Ceramic Processing Laboratory
Metals Laboratory
Polymer Laboratory
Electronic Materials Lab
Biomaterials Laboratory
Advanced Area course chosen from one of several approved lists below:3
Ceramic Processing
Electrical Ceramics
Mechanical Behavior of Metals
Design of Engineering Alloys
Corrosion of Metals
Plastics Engineering
Macromolecular Solids
Polymer Chemistry
Polymer Physics
Electronic Materials
Electronic Materials II
IC Device Theory & Fabrication
Biomolecular Materials Science
General MatSE
Surfaces and Colloids
Electron Microscopy
Composite Materials
Atomic Scale Simulations
Special Topics

For more information regarding the Materials Science and Engineering minor, visit the Materials Science and Engineering minor Web site, contact the MatSE Department Office (201 MSEB,, or visit the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs, 206 Engineering Hall.