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Materials Science

There is a constant need for professionals with more knowledge and experience in understanding the behavior of materials from which products such as electronics, sensors, biological implants, transportation vehicles, medical devices and infrastructure are made.

The goal of this minor is to prepare students for careers that require training in materials science, including the fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics and their effects on phase composition and structure, as well as the complex relationships between composition, structure, processing and behavior/performance. Topics covered include material thermodynamics and kinetics, materials structural analysis, and structure-property relationships for electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical behavior.

The minor is expected to accommodate persons of diverse backgrounds, such as those majoring in engineering, physical sciences, biological sciences and mathematics.



  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade. A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used to satisfy minor requirements, with an overall GPA in minor requirement courses of 2.0 or better.

20 units

Complete the following courses (12 units)

  • EMS 160 Thermodynamics of Materials Processes and Phase Stability (4 units)
  • EMS 162 Structure and Characterization of Engineering Materials (4 units)
  • EMS 164 Kinetics of Materials (4 units)
  • EMS 172 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (4 units)
    • Or EMS 174 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (4 units)

Choose an additional 4 units from the following, if not used above

  • EMS 147 Principles of Polymer Materials Science (3 units)
  • EMS 162L Structure and Characterization of Materials Laboratory (2 units)
  • EMS 172 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (4 units)
  • EMS 172L Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties Laboratory (2 units)
  • EMS 174 Mechanical Behavior of Materials (4 units)
  • EMS 174L Mechanical Behavior Laboratory (2 units)
  • EMS 180 Materials in Engineering Design (4 units)
  • EMS 181 Materials Processing (4 units)
  • EMS 182 Failure Analysis (4 units)

Total = 20 units


Minor Advisor

S. Gentry
(530) 752-4686