University Catalog 2023-2024

Materials Science and Engineering (Minor)

The Materials Science and Engineering minor is available to and useful for students in any engineering discipline, as well as students from chemistry, physics, and textiles. It is designed to provide students with the fundamentals necessary for advanced study in Materials Science and Engineering and/or employment in materials-related fields. 

Completion of the MSE minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours, which includes 9 credits of required courses and at least 6 credits of elective courses.


To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0 and a C or better in MSE 200 or MSE 201.

Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from their degree program. 


To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

Contact Person

Ms. Hillary Stone
Academic Advisor
3002B Engineering Building 1, Centennial Campus

MSE  Website

Effective Date: 1/2013
SIS Code: 14MTM

Plan Requirements

The Materials Science and Engineering Minor includes a three-hour introductory course, six hours of required courses and six hours of electives selected from a list of courses covering a wide variety of materials science and engineering topics. To apply for the MSE Minor, a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 is required. A grade of C or better is required in MSE 200 Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials or MSE 201 Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be maintained in the Minor courses.

Required Courses
Select one of the following:3
Mechanical Properties of Structural Materials
Structure and Properties of Engineering Materials
MSE 300Structure of Materials at the Nanoscale3
MSE 301Introduction to Thermodynamics of Materials3
Elective Courses
Select six credits of the following:6
Experimental Methods for Structural Analysis of Materials
Introduction to Defects in Solids
Experimental Methods for Analysis of Material Properties
Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties of Materials
Kinetic Processes in Materials
Microstructure of Inorganic Materials
Microstructure of Organic Materials
Nuclear Materials
Polymer Technology and Engineering
Microelectronic Materials
Introduction to Nanomaterials
Total Hours15