Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Adviser Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2023 - 2024 College Catalog Degree Requirement: Materials Science Minor Minimum Credits Required:__________________

Materials Science Minor

Materials Science is an interdisciplinary field combining physics (fundamental laws of nature), chemistry (interactions of atoms) and biology (how life interacts with materials) to elucidate the inherent properties of basic and complex systems. This includes optical (interaction with light), electrical (interaction with charge), magnetic and structural properties of everyday electronics, clothing and architecture. The Materials Science central dogma follows the sequence: Structure-Properties-Design-Performance. This involves relating the nanostructure of a material to its macroscale physical and chemical properties. By understanding and then changing the structure, material scientists can create custom materials with unique properties.

The goal of the materials science minor is to create a cross-disciplinary approach to fundamental topics in basic and applied physical sciences. Students will gain experience and perspectives from the disciplines of chemistry, physics and biology. The minor places a strong emphasis on current nanoscale research methods in addition to the basics of electronic, optical and mechanical properties of materials.

Any student with an interest in pursuing the cross-disciplinary minor in materials science should consult with the coordinator of the minor. Students are encouraged to declare their participation in their sophomore year but no later than the end of the junior year. Students also should seek an adviser from participating faculty.

Degree Requirements

General College Requirements

(see “Curriculum” section)

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
Must take  CHEM 106 - General Chemistry II (Meets Core Curriculum requirement Natural Sciences with Laboratory.) Credit Hours: 4

All Requirements in a Major Discipline of Study

Required Courses (20 credit hours):

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
PHYS 141 - General Physics I Credit Hours: 4


PHYS 151 - Fundamentals of Physics I Credit Hours: 4


PHYS 142 - General Physics II Credit Hours: 4


PHYS 152 - Fundamentals of Physics II Credit Hours: 4


MTSC 301 - Introduction to Materials Science Credit Hours: 4
CHEM 311 - Organic Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4
PHYS 462 - Quantum Mechanics Credit Hours: 4

Elective Courses (4 credit hours)

Elective courses may not also be taken for credit for a major (For example, chemistry majors must choose from BIOL 471, MTSC 302 or PHYS 311 for elective credit for a MTSC minor). A completed materials science St. Mary’s Project or materials science internship may be substituted for MTSC 302 with approval of the Coordinator.

Course NameCredit Hours:Term TakenGradeGen Ed
CHEM 312 - Organic Chemistry II Credit Hours: 4
CHEM 405 - Inorganic Chemistry Credit Hours: 4
CHEM 451 - Physical Chemistry I Credit Hours: 4
BIOL 471 - Molecular Biology Credit Hours: 4
MTSC 302 - Directed Research in Materials Science Credit Hours: 4
PHYS 311 - Electronics Credit Hours: 4
  • Upper-level Special Topics Courses in Biology, Chemistry or Physics, or other disciplines, specifically approved for Materials Science. (e.g. CHEM 480-03: Nanotechnology)
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