A minor in materials science is offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and designed for undergraduate science and engineering majors that seek to integrate a materials focus into their undergraduate training. It is intended for students to broaden their undergraduate major program of study to incorporate a fundamental understanding of materials processing and structure–property relationships to complement their major degree and who have chosen to take a minimum of 16 credits of materials science coursework in any appropriate department. Students will have the flexibility to select relevant coursework in order to customize this program of study to best suit the particular student’s intended area of focus through consultation with a faculty advisor.

For any courses that aren't on that list or more in-depth questions, please can contact Professor John Lambropoulos, who evaluates and manages all ME minors. Once you have discussed your course selections with Professor Lambropoulos, you can submit the minor declaration form. The declaration administrator for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, will review your submission.

Any further questions should be directed to Professor Lambropoulos or the undergraduate coordinator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


ME 280/MSC 202: Introduction to Materials Science*

*This course requires the following prerequisites or permission from the instructor:

  • MATH 163: Differential Equations I
  • MATH 164/ME 164: Multidimensional Calculus
  • PHYS 123: Waves and Modern Physics
  • ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
  • PHYS 122: Electricity and Magnetism

Plus one of the following courses:

  • MSC 230/PHYS 227: Thermodynamics and Stat Mechanics
  • MSC 455/CHEM 455: Thermodynamics and Stat Mechanics
  • MSC 405/ME 460: Thermodynamics of Solids

Plus two of the following courses, with at least one 400- or 500-level course:

  • MSC 421/BME 420: Biomedical Nanotech
  • MSC 442/BME 442: Microbiomechanics
  • MSC 451/BME 451: Biomedical Ultrasound
  • MSC 462/BME 462: Cell and Tissue Engineering
  • BME 212/BME 412: Visco in Biotissues
  • BME 245: Biomaterials
  • BME 283/483: Biosolids
  • CHE 225: Thermodynamics I
  • MSC 413/CHE 413: Engineering of Soft Matter
  • MSC 454/CHE 454: Interfacial Engineering
  • MSC 458/CHE 458: Electrochem Battery and Fuel Cell
  • MSC 460/CHE 460: Solar Cells
  • MSC 469/CHE 469: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
  • MSC482/CHE 482: Proc Microelec Device
  • MSC 485/CHE 485: Thermodynamics and Stat Mech
  • MSC 404/CHEM 404: Biophysical Chemistry II
  • MSC 416/CHEM 416: X-Ray Crystallography
  • MSC 463/CHEM 423: NMR Spectroscopy
  • MSC 455/CHEM 455: Thermodynamics and Stat Mechanics
  • MSC456/CHEM 456: Chemical Bonds: From Molecules to Materials
  • MSC 423/ECE 423: Semiconductor Devices
  • MSC 437/ECE 436: Nanophot/Nanomech Devices
  • MSC 473/ECE 435: Intro to Opto-Electronics
  • MSC 520/ECE 520: Spin Based Electronics
  • MSC 424/ME 222: Introduction to Robust Design and Quality Engineering
  • MSC 432/ME 232: Optomechanics
  • MSC 405/ME 460: Thermodynamics of Solids
  • MSC 470/OPT 421: Optical Properties of Materials
  • MSC 465/OPT 465: Principles of Lasers
  • MSC 507/OPT 507: SEM Practicum
  • MSC 420/PHYS 251: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
  • MSC 230/PHYS 227: Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
  • MSC 418/PHYS 418: Statistical Mechanics
  • MSC 420/PHYS 420: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics
  • EESC 204W: Earth Materials
  • EESC 208: Structural Geology