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Minors & Cross-Disciplinary Programs

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a number of collaborative programs for students interested in exploring minors and cross-disciplinary education.  A minor or double major allows students outside of materials to increase their knowledge of the field to assist their primary degree.  Students already pursuing their BS in Materials can expand on their skills by minoring in other fields, including Business.

Double Major Including Materials Science and Engineering

In addition to the courses taken by all engineering students in the freshman and sophomore years, students pursuing a Double Major including Materials Science and Engineering must take MATE 221 (Introduction to Mechanical Behavior of Materials) and CHEM 241 (Organic Chemistry I).

The Double Major including Materials Science and Engineering requires the standard materials curriculum, in addition to the courses required for the student's joint major. For students taking a Double Major including Materials Science and Engineering, the Senior Design Project should be performed jointly with the department in which the student is also majoring.

Minor In Materials Science and Engineering

In addition to the core engineering curriculum and the courses required for the major in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, or Mechanical Engineering, students electing to pursue the Minor in Materials Science and Engineering must take:

  • MATE 221 - Intro. to Mechanical Behavior of Materials (3 credits)

as well as 21 or more credits from the following courses:

  • MATE 214 - Intro. to Polymers (4 credits)
  • MATE 280 - Advanced Materials Laboratory (4 credits)
  • MATE 240 - Thermodynamics of Materials (4 credits)
  • MATE 245 - Kinetics of Materials (4 credits)
  • MATE 341 - Defects in Solids (3 credits)
  • MATE 351 - Electronic & Photonic Materials (4 credits)
  • MATE 355 - Structure & Characterization Cryst. Solids (3 credits)
  • MATE 370 - Mechanical Behavior of Solids (3 credits)
  • MATE 455 - Biomedical Materials (3 credits)

Substitution of these courses with equivalent courses offered by other departments and/or institutions may be made with the approval of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on a case-by-case basis. At least 2/3 of the content of a substitute course must be the same as that of the course in the cited list. Some of the above courses do have prerequisites which are not included in the number of required credits but could possibly be used as technical or free electives in your home department.

Students taking the Minor in Materials Science and Engineering are encouraged to select a Senior Design topic that is relevant to materials.

Minor In Business

The LeBow College of Business requires taking six of the following courses for a minor:

  • ACCT 115: Financial Accounting Foundations
  • BLAW 201: Business Law I
  • BLAW 360: Intellectual property and Cyber Law
  • FIN 301: Introduction to Finance
  • FIN 335: Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MKTG 301 WI: Introduction to Marketing Management
  • MGMT 364: Technology Management
  • MGMT 260: Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • MGMT 365: Business Planning for Entrepreneurs
  • ECON 201: Economics I
  • ECON 202: Economics II

Two of the courses listed, Economics I and II, are required by the Materials curriculum. Therefore, a student can receive a business minor by taking four of the other courses above in place of the three general education courses and one technical elective in the Materials BS curriculum. For students participating in a specialization track, a reduced track consisting of three courses will be decided upon. The business minor results in three additional credits compared to the regular curriculum (195 vs. 192).

Minor in Product Design

Students in this minor—through a combination of three studio courses and four applied lecture courses—learn to combine skills in creative problem solving with a visual product design process. Students develop product concepts and collaborate on the development of product ideas, including the creation and integration of new technologies, sustainability, health-care and socially responsible design, all of which are beneficial for design professionals. The minor is specifically created to offer students a unique multi-disciplinary studio experience. Students will develop skills in the rapid visualization of ideas, creative problem solving, transformative design thinking and an understanding of the product development process in a collaborative setting. This minor is offered to all students having an interest in developing product ideas, including students from the College of Engineering, the LeBow College of Business, and the School of Biomedical Engineering as well as College of Media Arts and Design students who would like to add a product focus to their design degree.

Academic requirements

To be eligible for the minor in product design, a student must have completed a minimum of 30.0 undergraduate credits, have declared a major, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7. No pre-requisite courses are required. Students may be encouraged to augment or prepare for this minor. Only upon review by the faculty advisor for the minor will students with design credits from other institutions or departments be allowed to apply these to the requirements.

Required Courses

  • PROD 101: History and Analysis of Product Design (3 credits)
  • PROD 205: Applied Making I (3 credits)
  • PROD 210: Introduction to Product Design (3 credits)
  • PROD 215: Design Thinking in Product Design (4 credits)
  • PROD 230: Product Design Process Studio (4 credits)
  • PROD 235: Applied Design Visualization (3 credits)
  • PROD 340: Interdisciplinary Product Design Studio (4 credits)

Total Credits: 24.0

Minor in Nuclear Engineering

The minor assumes that students will have a background in mathematics and physics equivalent to that covered in the first two years of the engineering curriculum. Specifically, students are required to complete the following pre-requisites: PHYS 101 Fundamentals of Physics I ; PHYS 102 Fundamentals of Physics II; PHYS 201 Fundamentals of Physics III; ENGR 210 Introduction to Thermodynamics and ENGR 220 Fundamentals of Materials. Courses taken to meet these prerequisite requirements will not count toward the minor.

Required Courses

  • ECEP 402: Theory of Nuclear Reactors (4 credits)
  • ECEP 372: Radiation Detection and Measurement (3 credits)
  • ECEP404/MEM371: Introduction to Nuclear Engineering (2 credits)
  • ECEP 406: Introduction to Radiation Health Principles (3 credits)
  • PHYS 330: Introduction to Nuclear Physics (2 credits)

Students must select 9.0 credits from a least two of the following principal areas. For course selection please go to Minor in Nuclear Engineering.

  • Industrial Applications Electives
  • Power Engineering Electives
  • Nuclear & Thermal Engineering & Science Electives
  • Materials Electives
  • Transport Phenomena Electives
  • Simulation Electives

Total Credits: 26

The Nuclear Engineering minor is open to all engineering majors. The minor consists of a minimum of six required courses for 17.0 credits and an additional 9.0 credits of elective courses.

Minor in Global Engineering

The Minor in Global Engineering is designed to train engineering students to become global citizens, skilled in meeting the challenges of a global work environment. Coursework in this minor aims at developing students' international historical, political, and cultural awareness as well as their knowledge of international business in order to succeed in the global economy. In addition to the required coursework, students must successfully complete an experience abroad prior to graduation. Experiences other than approved Study Abroad or Co-Op Abroad programs must receive prior approval from the College of Engineering Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs.

Foreign language

Foreign language is not required for the Minor in Global Engineering, but it may be required as a prerequisite to a student's experience abroad. In addition, a student can choose to apply as many as eight (8) credits of 200-level or higher foreign language toward the credit requirements for the minor.


Currently, only students enrolled in either the the College of Engineering or the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems can enroll in this minor.

Required Courses

  • ENGR 280: Introduction to Global Engineering (2 credits)

Select seven of the following (a minimum of one course from each of the three categories)

International Business

  • INTB 200: International Business
  • BLAW 340: International Business Law
  • ECON 342: Economic Development*
  • INTB 332: Multinational Corporations*
  • INTB 334: International Trade*
  • INTB 336: International Money and Finance*

Political Science/History

  • PSCI 140: Introduction of Comparative Political Analysis
  • PSCI 150: International Politics
  • PSCI 351: International Organizations: The United Nations
  • PSCI 352: Ethics and International Relations
  • PSCI 353: International Human Rights
  • PSCI 354: United States & the Third World
  • PSCI 357: The European Union
  • HIST 220: History of American Business
  • HIST 259: History of Europe in the 20th Century

Culture and Communications

  • IAS 359: Culture and Values (recommended)
  • COM 360: International Communication
  • PHIL 335: Global Ethical Issues**
  • SOC 330: Developing Nations and the International Division of Labor
  • WMST 240: Women and Society in a Global Context

Total Credits:24

* Require ECON 201 and ECON 202 as pre-requisites.

** Requires PHIL 105 as a prerequisite.

Note: Students may petition the College of Engineering's Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs for permission to apply other courses they believe relevant to the Minor in Global Engineering toward their credit requirements. Such requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Minor in Energy Innovations

The Energy Innovations minor is designed for students interested in learning about renewable energy and clean technologies and their impact on society. Students interested in launching energy-related ventures will learn the process of how to test assumptions related to their new venture idea using the lean startup model.

Required Courses

  • ENTP 101: Life Strategies I (3 credits)
  • ENTR 205: Ready, Set, Fail, or Or ENTP 210: Leading Start-Ups (3 credits)
  • ENTP 250: Ideation (3 credits)
  • ENTP 270: Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
  • ENTP 390: Clean Tech Ventures (3 credits)
  • ENTP 440: Launch It: Early Stage (3 credits)
  • ECEP 380: Introduction to Renewable Energy (3 credits)
  • MEM 462[WI]: Introduction to Engineering Management (3 credits)

Total Credits: 24

Minor in Health Innovations

The Health Innovations minor is designed for students interested in how entrepreneurs can leverage their understanding of advancements in biotechnologies and health care to benefit society. Students interested in launching health-related ventures will learn the process of how to test assumptions related to their new venture idea using the lean startup model.

Required Courses

  • ENTP 101: Life Strategies I (3 credits)
  • ENTP 205: Ready, Set, Fail or ENTP 210 Leading Start-Ups(3 credits)
  • ENTP 250: Ideation (3 credits)
  • ENTP 440: Launch It! Early Stage (3 credits)
  • BIO 112: Biotechnology for Society (3 credits)
  • BMES 340: Health Care Administration (3 credits)
  • BMES 409: Entrepreneurship for BMES (3 credits)

Select one of the following courses:

  • PBHL 101: Public Health 101 (3 credits)
  • Any Health and Society (HLSO) course from HLSO 301 to HLSO 470

Total Credits: 24

Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The minor in entrepreneurship and innovation is designed for students from a range of backgrounds who are interested in starting their own ventures, working for start-up companies, or pursuing jobs within established corporations that embrace innovation. Students interested in launching a venture or innovate within a company will learn the process of how to test assumptions related to their new ideas using the lean startup model.

Required Courses

  • ACCT 110: Accounting for Professionals (4 credits)
  • ENTP 101: Life Strategies I (3 credits)
  • ENTP 325: Early Stage Venture Funding (3 credits)
  • ENTP 440: Launch It: Early Stage (3 credits)

Select four of the following (13 credits):

  • ENTR 205: Ready, Set, Fail
  • ENTP 210: Leading Start-Ups
  • ENTP 215: Building Entrepreneurial Teams
  • ENTP 250: Ideation
  • ENTP 270: Social Entrepreneurship
  • ENTP 350: Dynamics of the Family Firm

Total Credits: 25