2022 Thayer Investiture

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


2 courses.

  • CHEM 5: General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 6: General Chemistry II


2 courses.

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

Required Courses


1 course.


Choose 1 course.

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

Elective Courses

Choose 2 courses, each from a different group.

Group A

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

Group B

  • CHEM 108: Chemistry of Macromolecules: Physical Properties and Characterization
  • CHEM 109: Chemistry of Macromolecules: Synthesis and Characterization

Group C

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

Important Notes

  • If ENGS 133 is taken as a general requirement, then at least one elective must be taken from outside the Engineering Sciences department.
  • Courses may require prerequisites in addition to those noted.
  • No courses, other than those used as prerequisites to the minor, may be taken under the Non-Recording Option to satisfy requirements of the minor.
  • Courses used in the major cannot be used in the minor.
  • Satisfactory completion of the minor requires a grade point average of 2.0 in the courses suitable for satisfying the minor.

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