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