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Penn State Harrisburg

Materials Science and Engineering Minor

Contact: Penn State Harrisburg, Issam Abu-Mahfouz,

The Minor in Materials Science and Engineering prepares students to understand the materials properties, materials processing techniques, characterization methods, and selection criteria in implementing engineering solutions. The materials selection for cutting edge mechanical design requires precise and definite knowledge of choice of materials, processing route, and mechanical response in service conditions. The materials engineer must have a sound expertise on modeling and experimental tools validating microstructural, mechanical, and electrical properties requirements for a specific design application. Hence, a wide variety of industries such as aerospace, automotive, energy, biomedical, and electronics to name a few, have a demand for engineers with a strong background in materials engineering. The MMSE covers introductory courses and laboratories on materials science in general, properties and processing of materials, materials thermodynamics and kinetics, and characterization of mechanical, microstructural and electrical properties of materials. The introductory courses and labs provide the basic foundation on materials science and engineering; the rest of the courses provide advanced knowledge on properties and selection, processing techniques, and characterization methods. Moreover, thermodynamics and kinetics of materials systems and process are also introduced. The above mentioned topics are covered by offering courses from sophomore through senior level.

The Minor in Materials Science and Engineering requires the completion of a total of 18 credits in materials related and other supporting courses. With the approval of the student's program chair, some of these courses may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the student's major bachelor's degree. At least 9 unique credits counted toward the requirements for a student's minor must not be used to fulfill the requirements for that student's major.

  • A grade of "C" or better in all the courses taken toward the minor is required.
  • Elective courses may be drawn from a wide variety of courses in Materials Science, Engineering, and Physics.
  • The Minor is open to any undergraduate who has: A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better and a minimum grade of "C" or better in the pre-requisite courses for the minor.
  • Completion of the minor may extend graduation date.
  • Transfer of credits from other institutions may be eligible to satisfy the minor requirements based on advisor review and program approval.

Graduation Requirements

  • To be given credit for the minor, undergraduate must:
    • maintain a GPA of 3.0 in the minor courses
    • Complete 18 credits from the minor

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


MATSE 201(3), MATSE 259(3), MATSE 460(1) MATSE 462(1)

ESC 314(3), MATSE 202(3), MATSE 400(3), MATSE 401(3), MATSE 402(3), MATSE 410(3), MATSE 413(3), MATSE/ESC 417(3), MATSE 419(3), MATSE 430(3), MATSE 436(3), MATSE 471(1), MATSE 472(1), MATSE 496(1-18), MATSE 497 (1-9), PHYS 414(3)


Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2017

Blue Sheet Item #: 45-04-056A

Review Date: 1/10/17


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