Undergraduate Minors in Materials Science & Engineering

Undergraduate Minors in Materials Science & Engineering

Materials Science Minor

The Minor in Materials Science requires the completion of 15 credits in materials related courses, including MSEG 302, some of which may contribute to the major degree. Engineering students study the basic engineering properties of materials in courses taught by the Materials Science and Engineering faculty and can also select from a range of advanced technical elective courses.

The introductory course MSEG 302 is required for chemical, civil & environmental, and mechanical engineering majors and is a prerequisite for the advanced materials science courses. In addition, all engineering departments offer senior projects concerned with the properties of materials. The technical elective courses are strongly recommended for students intending to pursue graduate degrees in Materials Science and Engineering.

The Minor in Materials Science requires completion of 15 credits with a minimum grade of C-. MSEG 302 is a required course and the remainder may be drawn from a wide variety of courses in Materials Science, Engineering, Physics and Chemistry courses up to the 600 level. Courses used to fulfill the requirement for minor in Materials Science can not simultaneously be used to fulfill the requirement for minor in Nanoscale Materials.

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Materials Science Minor - Required Courses

Required Course

  • MSEG 302

Elective Courses
12 credits from the courses listed below. This is a listing of commonly offered courses which are acceptable courses for the Minor in Materials Science: this is not an exhaustive list and other courses may be approved as appropriate after discussion. A maximum of 3 credits of undergraduate research or independent study may be counted.

  • MSEG 366/466 Independent Study
  • MSEG 410 Experimental Mechanics of Composites
  • MSEG 443 Ethics in Nanoscience
  • MSEG 446 Senior Research
  • MSEG 460 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • MSEG 470 Solar Energy
  • MSEG 601 Structure and Properties of Polymer Materials
  • MSEG 608 Structure and Properties of Materials I
  • MSEG/MEEG 615 Mechanical Properties of Materials
  • MSEG/CHEG 616 Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces
  • MSEG 624 Practical Electron Microscopy
  • MSEG 630 Introduction to Science and Engineering of Polymer Systems
  • MSEG 640 Applied Quantum Mechanics 1
  • MSEG 660 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • MEEG 321 Materials Engineering
  • MEEG 442/642 Introduction to Fuel Cells
  • MEEG 455/655 Principles of Composites Manufacturing
  • MEEG 484/684 Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
  • MEEG 617 Composite Materials
    (BUT NOT MEEG 616 Composite Materials Structure)
  • ELEG 340 Solid State Electronics
  • ELEG 420 Photovoltaic Materials and Devices
  • ELEG 422 Semiconductor Materials Processing
  • ELEG 450/650 Semiconductor Device Design and Fabrication
  • ELEG 622 Electronic Materials Processing
  • CHEM 457 Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEG 600 Introduction to Science and Engineering of Polymer Systems
  • PHYS 616 Kinetic Theory and Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 624 Introduction to Solid State Physics

Nanoscale Materials Minor

The Minor in Nanoscale Materials (MNM) requires completion of 15 credits with a minimum grade of C-. MSEG 302 is a required course and the remainder may be drawn from a wide variety of courses in Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Biology, etc. Courses from 300 level and up to the 600 level qualify. Courses used to fulfill the requirement for minor in Nanoscale Materials can not simultaneously be used to fulfill the requirement for minor in Materials Science. Commonly offered courses that are acceptable for the Minor in Nanomaterials Science and Engineering are listed below. This is not an exhaustive list and other courses may be approved as appropriate after discussion. A maximum of 3 credits of undergraduate research or independent study may be counted.

Nanoscale Materials Minor - Required Courses
    • MSEG 366/466 Independent Study: Approval by the MNM coordinator required.
    • MSEG 446 Senior Research: Approval by the MNM coordinator required.
    • MSEG 603 Analytical Techniques in Materials Science
    • MSEG/PHYS 667 Thin Film and Nanomaterials Processes
    • MSEG 667/ELEG 421/621 Solid State Nanotechnology
    • CHEG/MSEG 616 Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces and Interfaces
    • CHEG 608 Particle Design and Processing
    • CHEG 617 Colloid Science and Engineering
    • CHEG 366 Independent Study. Approval by the MNM coordinator required.
    • ELEG 422/622 Electronic Materials Processing
    • ELEG 446/646 Nanoelectronic Device Principles
    • PHYS 610 Quantum Physics
    • PHYS: 467/667 Nanomagnetics
    • CHEM 671 Atomistic Simulations
    • BISC 466 Independent Study. Approval by the MNM coordinator required.
    • MEEG 466 Independent Study. Approval by the MNM coordinator required.

Additional appropriate courses will be approved by the faculty.