Materials Science Minor

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Establish a Background in Materials Science

About the Minor

The materials science minor at UC Davis prepares undergraduate students for careers that require a background in materials science. There is a constant need for professionals with more knowledge, experience and understanding of the behavior of the various materials that make up products such as cars, consumer electronics, sensors, medical devices, biological implants and infrastructure.

Topics covered include materials thermodynamics and kinetics, materials structural analysis and structure-property relationships for electronic, optical, magnetic and mechanical behavior. Materials science minors learn key principles such as the fundamentals of thermodynamics and kinetics and their effects on phase composition and structure, as well as the complex relationships between composition, structure, processing and behavior/performance.

The minor accommodates students of diverse academic backgrounds, such as those majoring in other engineering disciplines, physical sciences, biological sciences and mathematics.

Contact an undergraduate advisor to learn more.

Minor Requirements

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 2.0 for coursework completed in the minor.
  2. No grade lower than a C- for any courses counted toward the minor.
  3. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

A completed minor declaration form should be submitted either after registration of the last minor course requirement or at the time of filing for graduation.

The following courses are required (12 units):

Course Number Title Units Quarter Offered Prerequisites
EMS 160 Thermodynamics of Materials 4 Fall C- or better in each of the following: ENG 45 or ENG 45Y, PHY 9B, MAT 22B, CHE 2C (recommended)
EMS 162 Structure and Characterization of Materials 4 Winter C- or better in each of the following: ENG 45 (or ENG 45Y), MAT 22A, PHY 9B
EMS 164 Rate Processes in Materials Science 4 Winter C- or better in ENG 45 or ENG 45Y; EMS 160

Choose one of the following courses (4 units):

Course Number Title Units Quarter Offered Prerequisites
EMS 172 Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials 4 Fall CHE 110A or PHY 9D; ENG 6, ECM 6 or equivalent recommended
EMS 174 Structure and Characterization of Materials 4 Winter C- or better in ENG 45 or ENG 45Y; EMS 160

Additional units (4 units minimum) selected from the following:

Course Number Title Units Quarter Offered Prerequisites
EMS 147 Principles of Polymer Materials Science 4 Spring CHE 2A and 2B; (CHE 8A or 8B) or (ENG 45 or 45Y); introductory physics.
EMS 162L Structure and Characterization of Materials Lab 2 Winter EMS 162 (concurrent enrollment recommended)
EMS 172L Electronic, Optical, and Magnetic Properties Lab 2 Fall EMS 172 (concurrent enrollment recommended)
EMS 174L Mechanical Behaviors Lab 2 Spring EMS 174 (concurrent enrollment recommended)
EMS 180 Materials in Engineering Design 4 Spring C- or better in ENG 45 or 45Y; upper division standing
EMS 181 Materials Processing 4 Winter C- or better in ENG 45 or 45Y; one of: ENG 105, ECH 152B, EEC 140A or EMS 164
EMS 182 Failure Analysis 4 TBD C- or better in ENG 45 or 45Y; EMS 174 recommended