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Minor in Materials Science & Engineering

Engineering undergraduates can complement their degree with an in-depth minor in Materials Science & Engineering, gaining an understanding of the properties of various materials—from metals and semiconductors to biopolymers—and learning how to manipulate those materials to make useful products.

Degree Type

  • Undergrad Minors

Minimum Requirements

  • 5 Courses
  • 20 Credits


  • In-Person


  • On-Campus


  • A Minor in Materials Science & Engineering is earned through completion of 20 credits. Twelve credits must be unique to the minor and may not count toward the fulfillment of majors or additional minors. No more than 8 credits can be used to satisfy the student’s major degree program requirements.
    • Students must take either ENG ME 306 or ENG BE 425 (4 credits); (cannot both be taken for credit).
    • The remaining 16 credits are to be selected from the elective courses listed below.
  • Students are expected to obtain the necessary background (pre-requisites or equivalents) to complete their chosen minor program.
  • A minimum 2.00 GPA is required in the courses used to satisfy the minor, with no grade less than a C–.

Timeline to Declare

  • Students must have a declared major on record in order to apply for the Minor in Materials Science & Engineering.
  • Applications for a Minor in Materials Science & Engineering must be approved by the Minor Coordinator of the Division of Materials Science & Engineering.
  • Students planning to pursue a minor in Materials Science & Engineering should apply as early as possible—or by May 1 of the junior year—to facilitate course planning.

Elective Courses

Please note: ME/MS 505 and PY 410 are both courses in statistical mechanics and can not both be taken for credit.


For questions regarding minor requirements, please contact:
Prof. Srikanth Gopalan, MSE Minor Coordinator
730 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 210

Please reference the list of duplicate classes when planning your minor.