Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by learning more about the exciting advancements being made in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is a high-caliber program that attracts attention from across the nation. It boasts small classes and qualified, approachable faculty, and its supportive learning environment inspires high academic achievement.

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Why Earn a minor in Materials Science and Engineering?

The mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is to provide a high quality education to our diverse student population through excellence and innovation in teaching and research in order to serve the scientific and engineering needs of the state of Texas and the nation. This will be achieved by a balance of formal course work, practical laboratory training, and research projects that encompass both the basic science and the applied aspects of materials science and engineering.

Materials Science and Engineering Minor Highlights

Having one of the most advanced analytical characterization facilities in the country allows students to receive training on state-of-the-art equipment.
The department’s alumni base is strong, and many serve as mentors to undergraduate students throughout the student’s academic career.
Our professors and researchers have expertise in metals, ceramics, polymers, electronic materials and computational materials science, and many are internationally and nationally known for their work.
Our computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials science and engineering, mechanical and energy engineering degrees, are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET.
In addition to numerous research labs including the Materials Research Facility, the department supports the Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) and the Center for Friction Stir Processing.

The department occupies approximately 25,000 square feet in UNT’s Discovery Park, with about 40,000 square feet of unfinished space in which to expand.

Materials Science and Engineering Minor Courses You Could Take

Bonding and Structure (3 hrs)
Amorphous and crystalline structures in metals, ceramics and polymers, point defects in crystals, structure determination by X-ray diffraction.
Thermodynamics and Phase Diagrams (3 hrs)
First three laws of thermodynamics; phase equilibria, reaction equilibria and solution theory. Principles and applications of phase diagrams.
Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials (3 hrs)
Bonding and the electronic structure and properties of metallic, ceramic, semiconducting and polymeric materials.
Mechanical Properties of Materials (3 hrs)
Stress, strain and the basics of concepts in deformation and fracture for metals, polymers and ceramics. Analysis of important mechanical properties such as plastic flow, creep, fatigue, fracture toughness, and rupture. Application of these principles to the design of improved materials and engineering structures.
Materials Processing (3 hrs)
Basic principles and strategies for processing metals, ceramics, polymers, composites and electronic materials.
Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering - I (3 hrs)
Introduces the fundamentals of materials science and engineering, including atomic interactions, introduction of crystalline and non-crystalline structures, the concept of materials defects, the evolution of microstructure/structure, the influence of composition and processing on microstructure, and how composition and structure impact the properties of a wide variety of engineering materials.

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