Minor in Materials Science and Engineering

The purpose of the MSE minor is to provide students a foundation for understanding how the processing, properties and structure of materials affects the science, design, and application of materials in the engineering discipline of their major field of study.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only.  The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found here.


For more information on the MSE minor, please contact our Undergraduate Coordinator.  Students who wish to pursue a minor in MSE should complete the necessary courses and fill out a Minor Declaration Form.

For course descriptions and official requirements of the MSE Minor, please see the Undergraduate Record.


A minimum of five MSE courses constitutes an MSE minor.

1. You must take both of these courses:

MSE 2090 - Introduction to the Science and Engineering of Materials Credits: 3

MSE 3050 - Thermodynamics of Materials Credits: 3

2. You must select at least one of the following two courses:

MSE 3060 - Structures and Defects of Materials Credits: 3

MSE 3070 – Kinetics and Phase Transformation in Materials Credits: 3

3. You must select at least two courses from the following list - OR - select one from this list and a second course from #2 above to complete a five course minor:

MSE 2101 - Materials Science Investigations:  Properties, Lab Credits: 3 

MSE 2200 – Intro to Additive Manufacturing and 3-D Printing Credits: 3

MSE 2500 - Science of Cooking Credits:  3

MSE 3080 - Corrosion, Batteries and Fuel Cells Credits: 3

MSE 3101 - Materials Science Investigations - Characterization Lab Credits: 3

MSE 3610 – Aerospace Materials Credits: 3 **cross listed as MAE 3610**

MSE 3670 - Materials for Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Applications Credits: 3

MSE 4055 - Nanoscale Science & Technology Credits: 3

MSE 4200 – Additive Manufacturing of Metals Credits: 3

MSE 4210 - Materials Processing Credits: 3

MSE 4270 – Intro to Atomistic Simulations Credits: 3

MSE 4320 - Origins of Mechanical Behavior Credits: 3

MSE 4592 - Special Topics in Materials Science Credits: 3

CHE 4449 - Polymer Chemistry and Engineering Credits: 3


MSE is a research-intensive discipline. Undergraduate students are encouraged to become involved in research through i) an independent study research project, MSE 4960, ii) senior thesis projects, iii) and financially supported undergraduate research internships during the academic year or summer.

Materials Science is the perfect fit for me because it combines a variety of different disciplines, especially chemistry and physics, and has unlimited real-world applications.

Crestienne Dechaine Class of 2022

Contact Information

Claire Culver

Undergraduate Coordinator, Materials Science & Engineering and Engineering Science

Jerrold A. Floro

Associate Chair for Academics Professor

Jerrold Floro's research is to investigate and exploit nanoscale self-assembly and pattern formation in inorganic materials, to enhance properties and develop material functionality. Techniques include vapor phase thin film growth, laser processing, melting and rapid solidification, powder processing, and solid-state phase transformations.