Undergraduate Study
Materials Science (BA)
Curriculum & Requirements

Major in Materials Science

Students majoring in materials science in Weinberg College choose from two tracks: general materials or soft materials. Requirements include foundation courses in mathematics and science and advanced electives. Curriculum for Major.

Minor in Materials Science

The minor in materials science involves appropriate mathematics, chemistry, and physics prerequisites along with a course in thermodynamics. Curriculum for Minor.

Materials Science Second Major for ISP Students

The Integrated Science Program (ISP) is a highly selective program within the Weinberg College. Students majoring in ISP who wish to complete a second major in materials science must take: MAT SCI 201 or 301; 315 and 316-1,2 plus two 300-level MAT SCI electives.

Materials Science Double Major for Physics and Astronomy Students

Students in physics and astronomy completing the materials physics concentration and wishing to double-major in materials science are required to take an additional advanced studies course for each course duplicated between the two programs (e.g., MAT SCI 316-1,2, 332, 355, 360, 361, 380). The replacement courses should be in disciplines other than physics.

Honors in Materials Science

Seniors who have done outstanding work in the classroom and research laboratory may be eligible for graduation with honors in materials science. To be considered, a student must meet minimum GPA requirements and complete two units of research (from CHEM 398, 399; MAT SCI 396-1,2, 394, 399; PHYSICS 398, 399) and a written research report. These two units are neither required for nor counted toward the major.

Students who intend to submit a senior research report should send an e-mail including the name of the research adviser to the director of undergraduate studies by fall of senior year. Students whose theses and grades meet program criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information, consult the program director.


The adviser for students pursuing their BA in materials science is:
Kathleen Stair, PhD
Professor of Instruction
Cook Hall 2039
Email Professor Kathleen Stair

If you have additional questions, please visit the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences website.