MatSE Minor

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). To obtain recognition for the materials science and engineering minor, students must register in the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering, 206 Engineering Hall. The student should also consult with Dr. Laura Nagel, 201A MSEB.

The following 6 courses are required:


Core Courses


MSE 280 - Engineering Materials


MSE 401 - Thermodynamics of Materials


Choose one of the following


MSE 304 - Electronic Properties of Matls


MSE 402 - Kinetic Processes in Materials


MSE 403 - Synthesis of Materials


MSE 405 - Microstructure Determination


MSE 406 - Thermal-Mech Behavior Matls


Area Introductory Courses


Choose one of the following:


MSE 420 - Ceramic Matls and Properties


MSE 441 - Metals Processing


MSE 450 - Polymer Sci and Eng


MSE 460 - Electronic Matls I


MSE 470 - Design and Use of Biomaterials


Senior Lab Courses


Choose one of the following:


MSE 423 - Ceramic Processing Laboratory


MSE 442 - Metals Laboratory


MSE 452 - Polymer Laboratory


MSE 462 - Electronic Materials Lab


MSE 472 - Biomaterials Laboratory


Advanced Area Courses


Choose one of the following




MSE 421 - Ceramic Processing


MSE 422 - Electrical Ceramics




MSE 440 - Mechanical Behavior of Metals


MSE 443 - Design of Engineering Alloys


MSE 445 - Corrosion of Metals




MSE 453 - Plastics Engineering


MSE 455 - Polymer Physics


MSE 457 - Polymer Chemistry


MSE 458 - Polymer Physical Chemistry


Electronic Materials


MSE 461 - Electronic Matls II


ECE 444 - IC Device Theory & Fabrication




MSE 473 - Biomolecular Materials Science


General MatSE


MSE 480 - Surfaces and Colloids


MSE 481 - Electron Microscopy


MSE 484 - Composite Materials


MSE 485 - Atomic Scale Simulations


MSE 498 - Special Topics in MatSE