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Undergraduate: Materials Science

  • Program Overview

    Materials Science (ESM)

    The development of new materials and research into the engineering applications of materials are critical to a wide variety of industries including aerospace, automotive, energy, electronics, environmental, medical instru­men­tation, advanced computing, and defense-related companies. Without a clear understanding of the relationship between material structure, properties, and processing, achieving the performance necessary to meet the needs of current and future high technology applications would be impossible. For this reason, industrial and research laboratories value graduates with an understanding of materials science and engineering issues in addition to their other engineering or physical science knowledge.

  • Degrees and Requirements

    Requirements for the Minor in Materials Science (ESM)

    The sequence of courses included in the minor in Materials Science provides a firm background for students seeking employment in materials-related industries or those who will pursue graduate study in related fields. There are two versions of the minor: one for students enrolled in B.S. degree programs (e.g., physics and chemistry) and one for those enrolled in B.E. degree programs. (B.E. students should see the faculty advisor in their engineering major for approval before declaring the materials science minor.).

    All courses offered for the minor must be passed with a letter grade of C or higher.

    For students with majors leading to the B.S. degree

    Six courses are required:

    1. ESM 150 Materials of the Modern World

    2. Two of the following:
    ESG 332 Materials Science I: Structure and Properties of Materials (see Note)
    ESG 333 Materials Science II: Electronic Properties
    ESM 339 Microfabrication and Thin Film Processing of Advanced Materials

    3. Two of the following:
    ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
    ESM 335 Strength of Materials
    ESM 453 Biomaterials: Manufacture, Properties, and Applications
    ESM 455 Materials and Processes in Manufacturing Design
    The course not completed for Requirement 2 (ESG 332, 333, ESM 339)

    4. One of the following:
    ESG 487 Cooperative Research in Technological Solutions
    ESM 488 Cooperative Industrial Practice
    ESM 499 Research in Materials Science
    ESM 475 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum

    For students with majors leading to the B.E. degree

    Five courses are required:

    1. Four of the following:
    ESM 325 Diffraction Techniques and Structure of Solids
    ESM 453 Biomaterials: Manufacture, Properties, and Applications
    ESM 469 Polymer Engineering
    CHE 301 Physical Chemistry I
    CHE 302 Physical Chemistry II
    CHE 351 Quantum Chemistry

    2. One of the following:
    ESM 475 Undergraduate Teaching Practicum
    ESG 487 Cooperative Research in Technological Solutions
    ESM 488 Cooperative Industrial Practice
    ESM 499 Research in Materials Science

    No more than two non-ESM courses may count toward the minor. ESG core courses cannot be used to meet requirements for both the ESG major and the ESM minor.

    Note: Students may use ESG 332 toward the minor in Materials Science only if it is not a required course in the student's major.

  • Sequence
  • Contact

    Materials Science (ESM)

    Minor in Materials Science

    Department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Chairperson:  Dilip Gersappe

    Undergraduate Program Director: Gary P. Halada

    Undergraduate Program Coordinator: Elizabeth McRae

    E-mail: esg_undergradadvising@stonybrook.edu

    Office: 314 Engineering

    Phone: (631) 632-4986

    Web address:  https://www.stonybrook.edu/matscieng/

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