Requirements for the Minor in Materials Science (ESM)

The sequence of courses included in the minor in Materials Science provides a firm background for students seeking employment in materials-related industries or those who will pursue graduate study in related fields. There are two versions of the minor: one for students enrolled in B.S. degree programs (e.g., physics and chemistry) and one for those enrolled in B.E. degree programs. (B.E. students should see the faculty advisor in their engineering major for approval before declaring the materials science minor.).

All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

For students with majors leading to the B.S. degree

Six courses are required:

1. ESG 100 Introduction to Engineering Science

2. Two of the following:
ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials (see Note)
ESG 333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties
ESG 339 Thin Film Processing of Advanced Materials

3. Two of the following:
ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
ESM 334 Materials Engineering
ESM 335 Strength of Materials
ESM 353 Biomaterials: Manufacture, Properties, and Applications
ESM 355 Materials and Processes in Manufacturing Design
The course not completed for Requirement 2 (ESG 332, 333, 339)

4. One of the following:
ESG 487 Cooperative Research in Technological Solutions
ESM 488 Cooperative Industrial Practice
ESM 499 Research in Materials Science
ESM 475 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum

For students with majors leading to the B.E. degree

Five courses are required:

1. Four of the following:
ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
ESM 334 Materials Engineering
ESM 353 Biomaterials: Manufacture, Properties, and Applications
ESM 369 Polymer Engineering
CHE 301 Physical Chemistry I
CHE 302 Physical Chemistry II
CHE 351 Quantum Chemistry

2. One of the following:
ESM 475 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum
ESG 487 Cooperative Research in Technological Solutions
ESM 488 Cooperative Industrial Practice
ESM 499 Research in Materials Science

No more than two non-ESM courses may count toward the minor. ESG core courses cannot be used to meet requirements for both the ESG major and the ESM minor.

Note: Students may use ESG 332 toward the minor in Materials Science only if it is not a required course in the student's major.