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.

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.

student photo Crestienne Dechaine MSE Alum

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.


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

MSE 3050 - Thermodynamics of Materials 

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

MSE 3060 - Structures and Defects of Materials 

MSE 3070 – Kinetics and Phase Transformation in Materials 

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 

MSE 2200 – Introduction to Additive Manufacturing and 3-D Printing 

MSE 2300 - Science of Cooking Credits: 3

MSE 3080 - Corrosion, Batteries and Fuel Cells 

MSE 3101 - Materials Science Investigations - Characterization Lab 

MSE 3610 – Aerospace Materials **cross listed as MAE 3610**

MSE 3670 - Materials for Electronic, Magnetic and Optical Applications 

MSE 4030 - X-ray Scattering Techniques in Materials Science 

MSE 4055 - Nanoscale Science & Technology

MSE 4200 – Additive Manufacturing of Metals 

MSE 4210 - Materials Processing 

MSE 4220 - Polymer Physics 

MSE 4270 – Intro to Atomistic Simulations 

MSE 4320 - Origins of Mechanical Behavior 

MSE 4592 - Special Topics in Materials Science

CHE 4449 - Polymer Chemistry and Engineering 

Contact Information

Claire Culver

Undergraduate Coordinator, Materials Science & Engineering and Engineering Science

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.