Materials science and engineering (MSE) is an interdisciplinary field that applies the fundamental knowledge of the physical sciences to create engineering innovations. In general, “engineering” implies actively designing a system for a given application; MSE enables the design of systems from the atoms up. MSE focuses on the interrelationship between a materials structure, from the subatomic- to the macro-scale, and the properties or behaviors that the material exhibits. Materials synthesis and processing techniques enable engineers to control and change the material structure in order to obtain the desired properties. Understanding the structure-properties-processing relationship requires a fundamental understanding of the underlying chemistry and physics, and is key to obtaining materials with the desired performance for engineering applications in a wide variety of fields, from computing to medicine to energy.

The minor in MSE builds upon the fundamental insights into material structure and properties gained through required introductory courses in chemistry and materials science. Students then select at least two courses from specialization "pick lists" to gain depth in a particular application area. A free elective provides the opportunity to gain additional depth in the fundamentals or exposure to another application area.

Students will be approved for the minor after discussing appropriate course selection with the adviser for the minor. Some courses have prerequisites.

Requirements for the Minor in MSE

Units required: 17

Courses Units
3 required courses 8
2 courses from specialization "pick lists" 6
1 free elective 3
Total 17

 Required courses:1

Chem 111AGeneral Chemistry I3
Chem 151General Chemistry Laboratory I2
MEMS 3610Materials Science3
or EECE 305 Materials Science
Total Units8

1 Students majoring in geology, geophysics, geochemistry, or environmental earth science may substitute EPSc 352 Earth Materials, for the required combination of Chem 111A and Chem 151. In this case, EPSc 352 may not be used to fulfill the specialization pick list or free elective requirements.

Specialization "pick lists"

Students should select at least two courses from any one of the following categories.

Structural Materials:

MEMS 3601Materials Engineering3
MEMS 5506Experimental Methods in Solid Mechanics3
MEMS 5507Fatigue and Fracture Analysis3
MEMS 5560/BME 4904Interfaces and Attachments in Natural and Engineered Structures3
MEMS 5601Mechanical Behavior of Materials3
MEMS 5602Non-metallics3
MEMS 5605Mechanical Behavior of Composites3

Electronic/Optical Materials:

L07 Chem 542Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (The Chemistry of Energy Storage)3
L07 Chem 543Physical Properties of Quantum Nanostructures3
ESE 336Principles of Electronic Devices3
ESE 531Nano and Micro Photonics3
ESE 536Introduction to Quantum Optics3
MEMS 463Nanotechnology Concepts and Applications3
Physics 472Solid State Physics3

Biomaterials/Soft Materials:

BME 461Protein Structure and Dynamics3
BME 523Biomaterials Science3
EECE 596Computational Chemistry of Molecular and Nanoscale Systems3
MEMS 5560/BME 4904Interfaces and Attachments in Natural and Engineered Structures3
MEMS 5606Soft Nanomaterials3
MEMS 5607Introduction to Polymer Blends and Composites3
MEMS 5608Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering3

Materials for Energy and Environmental Technologies:

L07 Chem 542Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (The Chemistry of Energy Storage)3
EECE 504Aerosol Science and Technology3
EECE 505Aquatic Chemistry3
EECE 571Industrial and Environmental Catalysis3

Natural Materials:

EPSc 336Minerals and Rocks in the Environment3
EPSc 352Earth Materials5
EECE 571Industrial and Environmental Catalysis3

Free Electives

To complete the minor, students may select one additional course from the categories above, or from the list of courses below.

Chem 465Solid-State and Materials Chemistry3
EECE 418Principles of Surface and Colloid Science3
EECE 420Properties of Materials3
MEMS 4101Manufacturing Processes3
MEMS 5102Materials Selection in Design3
MEMS 5603Materials Characterization Techniques I3
MEMS 5604Materials Characterization Techniques II3
MEMS 5612Atomistic Modeling of Materials3
MEMS 5801Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems I3
Physics 217Introduction to Quantum Physics3
Physics 318Introduction to Quantum Physics II3
L31 Physics 537Kinetics of Materials3

For more information contact the adviser for the minor in materials science and engineering: Professor Katharine Flores (MEMS).