Eligible Majors

  • Chemistry (BSA excluded)
  • Physics
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering

Requirements

The minor in Materials Science and Engineering consist of fifteen credit hours. All students are required to take a three-credit hour, laboratory-based bridge course (MSE 360M Hands-on Materials Science and Engineering). The remainder of the required courses consist of a sequence of courses that are specific to the major degree and are detailed below.

If students are interested in additional coursework, they can see the Optional Course List for a complete list of courses that serve as optional electives. Courses beyond fifteen hours are not required for the completion of the minor.

Course Requirements by Major

All classes must be taken for a letter-grade. The student must earn a combined grade point average of at least 2.00 in these courses to meet minor requirements.

2023 Course Requirements

Chemistry Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M         

Experiments in MS&E

3

CH 353

Physical Chemistry I

3

PHY 355

Modern Physics for Engineers

3

CHE 355

Introduction to Polymers

3

ME 349

Corrosion

3

 

Physics Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

PHY 369

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3

CH 367C, CH 367L, or ME 336

Materials Chemistry, Macromolecular Chemistry, or Materials Processing

3

CH 354S

Elements of Spectroscopy

3

EE 334K

Quantum Theory of Engineering Materials (EE 339 is recommended as a substitute; please discuss with Katherine Morales)

3

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

PHY 369

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3

EE 325

Electromagnetic Engineering

3

CH 354S or CH 367C

Elements of Spectroscopy or Materials Chemistry

3

EE 334K

Quantum Theory of Engineering Materials

3

     

 *PHY 369 will be accepted in the engineering physics sequence and EE 334K can be taken in place of the pre-requisites listed in the catalog above.

Mechanical Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

ME 316T

Thermodynamics

3

PHY 355, PHY 375S, PHY 369, or CH 353

Modern Physics for Engineers, Intro. To Solid State Physics, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, or Physical Chemistry I

3

ME 378K

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

3

ME 349 or ASE 357

Corrosion or Mechanics of Composite Materials

3

 

Aerospace Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

ME 310T

Applied Thermodynamics

3

ASE 357

Mechanics of Composite Materials

3

ASE 324L

Aerospace Materials Laboratory

3

ME 349 or ME 336

Corrosion or Materials Processing

3

2024-26 Course Requirements

Chemistry Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M         

Experiments in MS&E

3

CH 353

Physical Chemistry I

3

PHY 355

Modern Physics and Thermodynamics

3

CHE 355

Introduction to Polymers

3

ME 349

Corrosion Engineering

3

 

Physics Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

PHY 369

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3

CH 367C

Materials Chemistry

3

or CH 367L Macromolecular Chemistry  
or ME 336 Materials Processing  

CH 354S or CHE 379

Elements of Spectroscopy or Nanomaterials/Molecular Simulation/Materials Physics

3

EE 334K

Quantum Theory of Engineering Materials

3

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

PHY 369

Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

3

EE 325

Electromagnetic Engineering

3

CH 354S or CH 367C

Elements of Spectroscopy or Materials Chemistry

3

EE 334K

Quantum Theory of Engineering Materials

3

     

  *PHY 369 will be accepted in the engineering physics sequence and EE 334K can be taken in place of the pre-requisites listed in the catalog above.

Mechanical Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

ME 316T

Thermodynamics

3

PHY 355

Modern Physics for Engineers

3

or PHY 375S Intro. To Solid State Physics  
or PHY 369 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics  
or CH 353 Physical Chemistry I  

ME 378K

Mechanical Behavior of Materials

3

ME 349 or ASE 357

Corrosion or Mechanics of Composite Materials

3

 

Aerospace Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

ME 310T

Applied Thermodynamics

3

ASE 357

Mechanics of Composite Materials

3

ASE 324L

Aerospace Materials Laboratory

3

ME 349 or ME 336

Corrosion Engineering or Materials Processing

3

Biomedical Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

BME 355

Molecular Engineering

3

BME 373 / COE 379L

Biomechanics of Tissues, Scaffolds, and Cells

3

or BME 377T Topic: Bioelectronics & Biointerfaces  
or BME 379 / CHE 339T Tissue Engineering  
or CHE 355 Introduction to Polymers  

BME 377T

Topic: Delivery of Therapeutic Agents

3

or EE 334K Quantum Theory of Electronic Materials  
or EE 339 Solid State Electronic Devices  

ASE 357

Mechanics of Composite Materials

3

or ME 336 Materials Processing  
or ME 349 Corrosion Engineering  
or ME 359 Materials Selection  
or ME 378K Mechanical Behavior of Materials  

Chemical Engineering Majors

Course
Name
Hours

MSE 360M

Experiments in MS&E

3

CH 353

Physical Chemistry I

3

CHE 355

Introductions to Polymers

3

CH 367C

Materials Chemistry

3

CH 379

Materials Physics

3

or CHE 379 Nanomaterials Chemistry and Engineering  
or CHE 379 Molecular Simulation of Materials  
or CH 375P: Topic 1 Advanced Polymer Synthesis  

Optional Courses

An additional three hours of optional electives may be taken if a student's schedule allows. For a complete list of courses available, please see the Optional Courses page

Course Timeline

  • MSE 360M Experiments in MS&E: Offered fall semesters only

  • ME 316T Thermodynamics: Offered every semester   

  • ME 378K Mechanical Behavior of Materials: Offered fall semesters only

  • ME 349 Corrosion: Offered fall semesters only; Spring semesters only beginning in 2024-2025

  • CH 353 Physical Chemistry I: Offered Fall & Spring semesters   

  • CHE 355 Introduction to Polymers and CH 367L Macromolecular Chemistry: Offered in fall semesters, may be offered in spring   

  • PH 355 Modern Physics for Engineers: Offered every semester  

  • CH 354S Elements of Spectroscopy: Likely offered every fall semester 

  • CH 367C Materials Chemistry: Offered fall semesters only

  • ME 336 Materials Processing: Offered fall semesters only