College of Science & Engineering

Minor Requirements

Materials Science Minor

The Materials Science minor consists of four core courses, two research courses, and one elective (selected under advisement). Download the minor requirements here: PDF icon Materials Science Minor Required Courses.

Students wishing to complete the Materials Science minor should review the course sequencing below to plan their schedules.

MSCI 201 is offered each quarter, so get started with this course in your sophomore year. All other MSCI courses are offered once per year -- so plan accordingly.

 

Fall

Winter

Spring

1. MSCI 201 X X X
2. MSCI 321, 322, & 323 X    
3. MSCI 340   X  
4. MSCI 410     X
  • Note:  Students take MSCI 321, 322, and/or 323 based on their declared major -- these are one-credit courses that supplement students' foundation in Chemistry, Polymers & Composites, and Physics. See the chart below to learn which courses you should take.
 

MSCI 321

MSCI 322

MSCI 323

Chemistry   X X
Engineering X   X
Geology X X X
Mathematics X X X
Physics X X  

Minor Requirements

Prerequisites:

  • MATH 125 Calculus and Analytical Geometry (5) or MATH 135 Honors Calculus II (5)
  • PHYS 161 Physics with Calculus I with Lab (5)
  • PHYS 162 Physics with Calculus II with Lab (5)
  • PHYS 163 Physics with Calculus III with Lab (5)
  • CHEM 161 or 175 General Chemistry I (5)
  • CHEM 162 or 176 General Chemistry II (5)
  • CHEM 163 (4) or CHEM 225 (5) General Chemistry III

Required Courses:

MSCI 201: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering (4)

Prerequisite: CHEM 161 or CHEM 175; (MATH 124 and PHYS 161, or concurrent) or (MATH 157 and PHYS 114, or concurrent)
Description: The relationship between the properties, structure and processes of engineering materials is discussed. Emphasis on the fundamentals of selecting materials based on engineering design criteria. Also offered as ENGR 170.

 

MSCI 321: Materials Science I: Materials Chemistry (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 163 or CHEM 225; MSCI 201 or ENGR 170; PHYS 162 or concurrent; or instructor permission
• Required for these majors: ENGINEERING, PCE, MATH, PHYSICS, and GEOLOGY (Chemistry majors do not need this course.)
Description: This course is part of an interdisciplinary sequence designed to cover the fundamental concepts of materials science. Basic concepts behind the chemistry of organic and inorganic compounds, chemical bonding and structure, electron delocalization, properties of common functional groups and ligands, and structure-property relationships will be covered in this overview course.

 

MSCI 322: Materials Science I: Polymers & Composites (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 163 or CHEM 225; MSCI 201 or ENGR 170; PHYS 162 or concurrent; or instructor permission
• Required for these majors: CHEMISTRY, ENGINEERING, MATH, PHYSICS, and GEOLOGY (PCE majors do not need this course.)
Description: This course is part of an interdisciplinary sequence designed to cover the fundamental concepts of materials science. Common synthetic routes for polymerization, common polymers and polymer classifications, mechanical properties of polymers and the relationship to polymer processing, classes of composite materials based on the composition and geometry of dispersed and continuous phases, properties and applications will be covered in this overview course.

 

MSCI 323: Materials Science I: Materials Physics (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 163 or CHEM 225; MSCI 201 or ENGR 170; PHYS 162 or concurrent; or instructor permission
• Required for these majors: CHEMISTRY, ENGINEERING, PCE, MATH, and GEOLOGY (Physics majors do not need this course.)
Description: This course is part of an interdisciplinary sequence designed to cover the fundamental concepts required for further study of materials science. Basic principles of quantum mechanics including wave-particle duality and the probabilistic nature of matter, the Schrödinger equation and probability calculations, the quantum mechanical solutions for a particle in a box, a simple harmonic oscillator, and an electron in a hydrogen atom, basic classical and quantum statistical mechanical distributions, and basic physical principles of covalent bond formation will be covered in this overview course.

 

MSCI 340: Introduction to Materials Science II (3)

Prerequisite: MATH 125 or MATH 135 or MATH 138; PHYS 163; Depending upon advising, two or three
courses from:  MSCI 321, MSCI 322, and MSCI 323; or instructor permission.
DESCRIPTON: Part of a multi-course interdisciplinary sequence designed to cover the fundamental concepts of materials science. Electronic, magnetic, thermal and optical properties of materials are emphasized in this second overview course.

 

MSCI 410: Characterization of Materials (4)

Prerequisite: MSCI 340 or instructor permission
Description: The third course in a three course interdisciplinary sequence designed to cover the fundamental concepts of materials science. Theory and operating principals of external and internal characterization of materials such as: electron microscopy, x-ray chemical microanalysis, optical microscopy, thermal, magnetic and structural analysis, polymer processing and analysis, thin film preparation and characterization, and x-ray diffraction. Laboratory experience and projects are emphasized.

 

MSCI 491: Independent Research or Internship in Materials Science 1 (3)

Prerequisite: MSCI 340 or instructor permission
*400 Level research in your major may substitute for MSCI 491
Description: Undergraduate research in materials science or an undergraduate internship in materials science in industry under supervision.

 

MSCI 492: Independent Research or Internship in Materials Science 2 (3)

Prerequisite: MSCI 340 or instructor permission
*400 Level research in your major may substitute for MSCI 492
Description: Continued undergraduate research in materials science or an undergraduate internship in materials science in industry under supervision.

Materials Science Elective (4)

Prerequisite: As specified in elective course description and program permission. Download the pre-approved elective course list here: Approved Elective Courses

Total Core Requirement Credits = 22-25 

 

Please refer to the WWU catalog for further information: General Catalog.

 

Updated 7/9/2019