Materials Science (Minor)

Materials Science (Minor)

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What is materials science?

The materials science minor is an interdisciplinary program that involves the research, development and design of new materials. In the past century, materials scientists have enabled major technological advances in areas such as electronic materials for semiconductors, metal alloys for aircraft and automotive applications, and new polymers for a host of medical and consumer applications. You’ll learn the fundamentals of science and engineering, preparing you to tackle technical problems from a materials perspective.Combine the minor with a major in the sciences, engineering, education or business to prepare for career opportunities in high-demand industrial fields, business, government, law or education.

Why study materials science at UNH?

The materials science program at UNH is an interdisciplinary program with faculty representing chemistry, biochemistry, electrical and computer engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering and physics. You’ll have research opportunities in numerous areas of science and engineering and gain experiences that are attractive to a wide range of industries. You’ll also have the opportunity to work with local companies, as well as the newly formed biomaterials research center, NH BioMade,with research in prosthetics, tissue engineering and biosensors.

Potential career areas

  • Aerospace
  • AutoIndustry
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Manufacturing
  • Patent law
  • Sustainable energy

Contact

Demeritt Hall
Materials Science Program
Durham, NH 03824
E:  James.Krzanowski@unh.edu

Curriculum & Requirements

Materials science is an interdisciplinary field that involves the research, development, and design of new materials. In the past century, materials scientists have enabled major technological advances in areas such as electronic materials for semiconductors, new metal alloys for aircraft and automotive applications, and new polymers for a host of medical and consumer applications. In order to prepare students for continuing growth and innovation in materials science, the materials science program offers this minor, which is open to all students as UNH.

The minor offers a broad introduction to materials science, which reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field. Students must complete at least 18 credits and a minimum of five courses, as described below, with C- or better and a minimum 2.0 grade-point average. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy the student's major requirements may be used toward 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 preferably before the end of their sophomore year.

To complete the minor in materials science, students must take the following courses.

Required
ME 561Introduction to Materials Science 14
Group A: Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Structure of Materials
Select one of the following:4-5
CHEM 683
CHEM 685
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory 2
PHYS 508
Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics 2,3
ME 795Special Topics1-4
ME 761
Diffraction and Imaging Methods in Materials Science
Group B: Materials Applications and Properties
Select one of the following:4-5
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 547
CHEM 549
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 651
CHEM 653
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
PHYS 718
Condensed Matter Physics
ME 786
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis
ME 735
Mechanics of Composite Materials
ME 795
Special Topics
Select two to three additional courses from either Group A or Group B 44-6
Total Credits17-24

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