2024 Investiture Information

Materials Science Minor

The departments of Chemistry, Physics, and Engineering Sciences offer the minor in materials science, which can be combined with majors in any of the three areas.

Prerequisite Courses

Please note that many engineering sciences courses require prerequisites in addition to those noted.

Unless otherwise prohibited, prerequisites may be taken under the non-recording option. Any course being used to satisfy major or minor requirements beyond the prerequisites, may not be taken under the non-recording option.

Courses used in the major cannot be used to satisfy requirements of the minor. Satisfactory completion of the minor requires a grade point average of 2.0 in the courses suitable for satisfying the minor.

COURSE TYPE NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES COURSES

Chemistry*

1 or 2 courses

Students will be placed in one or more of the following courses:

CHEM 5: General Chemistry and CHEM 6: General Chemistry
CHEM 10: First-Year Honors Chemistry
CHEM 11: General Chemistry


Physics

2 courses

PHYS 13: Introductory Physics I
PHYS 14: Introductory Physics II

* Students with no prior experience in chemistry will be placed in CHEM 5. Students with prior experience with chemistry (as demonstrated through AP or IB exams, A-level credit, or placement exam) automatically receive credit for CHEM 5 and will be placed in CHEM 11, a required course for the Material Science minor.

Required Courses

COURSE TYPE NUMBER OF REQUIRED COURSES COURSES

Core

1 course

ENGS 24: Science of Materials

Methods*

1 course

Choose one course, from the following:

PHYS 76: Methods of Experimental Physics
ENGS 133: Methods of Materials Characterization

Electives*

2 courses

Choose two courses, each from a different group:

Group A
ENGS 131: Science of Solid State Materials
PHYS 73: Introductory Condensed Matter Physics

Group B
CHEM 96.04 Chemistry of Macromolecules
CHEM 96.06 Computational Methods in Chemistry and Biophysics

Group C
ENGS 73: Materials Processing and Selection
ENGS 132: Thermodynamics and Kinetics in Condensed Phases
PHYS 43: Statistical Physics

* If ENGS 133 is taken as part of the requirement for the courses under Methods, you must choose at least one elective from outside the Engineering Sciences Department.

Course Planning

For additional information about majors, courses, and degree requirements, see:

Guide to Programs and Courses

Questions? Contact undergraduate.engineering.advising@dartmouth.edu.