Undergraduate Programs

While the Materials Science Program is predominantly a graduate program, we do have several exciting offerings at the undergraduate level.

Discovery Courses

Two undergraduate courses offered by Materials Science are "The Science of Stuff" and "Nanoscience in Energy".  Course descriptions are shown below, but for more information please contact Prof. Carmela Amato-Wierda, carmela.amato-wierda@unh.edu.

MS 401 - Science of Stuff (Credits: 4.00) 

Materials Science is a very active and fast growing field that studies all types of materials, including metals, ceramics, polymers, semiconductors, and composites. Material Science explores how "stuff" is put together, how to change "stuff" and make it better, the properties and applications of "stuff", and even how to make totally brand new "stuff". This course explores materials from various topic areas, including sports, forensics, medicine and health, fashion, architecture and construction, music and art, food and transportation from the perspective of materials science. Students explore additional materials independently as well as practice the process of science through simple experimentation and data analysis. 

MS 402 - Nanoscience in Energy (Credits: 4.00) 

An introduction to nanomaterials, or matter with important structural features that are nanometers in size. A nanometer is very small - a billionth of a meter; a sugar molecule is only about 1 nm wide. Scientists and engineers are now building materials by manipulating atoms or groups of atoms. This course explores how materials with nanoscale features demonstrate novel and beneficial properties for energy applications. The growing energy demands of the planet require timely, if not urgent, innovative multidisciplinary solutions. These solutions require an informed citizenry knowledgeable about the various perspectives related to powering our planet. This course is a means to inform the non-scientist student about the physical science aspects of energy, nanomaterial solutions for our energy needs, along with some historical, economic, and environmental perspectives. The energy discussion provides a backdrop for our exploration of the structure and properties of nanomaterials. 

Minor in Materials Science

This interdisciplinary minor offers a broad introduction to the field of Materials Science and Engineering. It is administered by the Materials Science Program and is open to all students of the University. Students must complete at least 18 credits and a minimum of five courses, with a C- or better and a 2.0 grade-point average. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy the student’s major requirements may be used towards the minor. Students interested in the minor should contact the Director of the Materials Science Program, Prof. James Krzanowski (james.krzanowski@unh.edu), as early as possible and no later than the end of the Fall semester of their junior year.