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Materials science and engineering emphasizes understanding of the materials foundation that almost all other engineering and scientific disciplines expand upon. The purpose of the Minor in Materials Science and Engineering is to broaden the materials background of interested undergraduate students and to introduce them to a materials-based approach for problem-solving.

The Minor in Materials Science and Engineering is open to STEM and engineering majors with a minimum GPA of 2.5. To apply for the minor, submit the petition for admission to the MSE minor to Pamela Ross, located in ENG I, Suite 207.  The MSE department will approve or deny the application. If approved, the department will retain a copy of the form and provide the student with a copy. 

Completion Requirements 

  • Successfully complete 18 hours of materials-based coursework. 
  • At least 12 hours of the coursework must come from courses with the prefix EMA and/or EGN. 
  • A minimum grade of "C" or better must be achieved for all courses in the minor. 
  • A bachelor's degree must be completed for the degree to be awarded. 

Upon completion of the minor requirements, submit a petition for completion to Pamela Ross, located in ENG I, Suite 207. The department will verify the completion of the minor and send the original form to the Office of the Registrar. A copy will be sent to the student's college or school and one retained in the department. A notation in the memorandum section of the student's transcript will indicate the completion of the minor. 

Required Courses
EGN 3365 or EMA 3706Structure and Properties of Materials3
EMA 3124Design and Selection of Materials3
EMA 4102Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials3
Restricted Electives

1. Select one of the following courses on properties of materials

PHZ 3422Nanophysics3
EMA 4223Fundamentals of Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
PHZ 4404Solid State Physics3
EMA 4413Fundamentals of Electronic Materials3
PHY 4445Lasers3
OSE 4520Laser Engineering3
EMA 5104Intermediate Structures and Properties of Metals3
EMA 5415Electronic Principles of Materials Properties3


2. Select one of the following courses on materials processing, testing and characterization

EMA 3012cExperimental Techniques in Mechanics and Materials3
EMA 3691Nanomaterials Process Engineering3
PCB 4174Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science3
EMA 4503Materials Characterization Techniques3
PHY 4803LAdvanced Physics Laboratory3


3. Select one of the following courses on applications of materials

EMA 3000Engineering Polymeric, Ceramic and Composite Materials3
EMA 3014Nanomaterials Characterization and Applications3
EEE 3350Semiconductor Devices I3
EEE 4463MEMS Devices and Applications3
EMA 4506Emerging Materials3
PCB 4521Tissue Engineering3
EMA 5060Polymer Science and Engineering3
EMA 5140Introduction to Ceramic Materials3
EMA 5584Biomaterials3
EMA 5585Materials Science of Thin Films3
EMA 5705High Temperature Materials3

As a student, you will learn and work in the following MSE centers and facilities:

  • Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center — AMPAC is home to two university-wide user facilities that enable cutting-edge research. Facilities feature ultramodern equipment for characterization and processing and provide students training and education opportunities. Collaborations with other universities, government agencies, and private industry are encouraged.
  • Materials Characterization Facility — The user-friendly facility occupies 7,000 square feet and is supported by three research engineers and a faculty coordinator. It houses an impressive array of materials characterization equipment.
  • Advanced Microfabrication and Clean Room Facility — The 3,000-square-foot space supports research activities including miniaturization, nanomaterials fabrication and applied acoustoelectronics technology. The clean rooms contain assorted lithography and device fabrication equipment.