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Materials Science

The Materials Science major involves the study of the properties and characteristics of materials. A foundation of Civil Engineering, Materials Science will enable the students to satisfy not just their interest in the Physics of materials, but provide a practical way to link Chemistry and Physics into the fascinating field of alloy, polymer, ceramic and other composites and nanotechnology development.

To graduate with a Physics Major, the student must have done at Level I:

A major requires 36 Part II credits, 30 of which are core courses, and the other 6 from electives.

A minor requires 18 Part II credits, all of which are highlighted in the table below.                           

Core Courses
  Level II Level III
Core for Major and Minor  PHYS 2351 – Modern Physics 1

PHYS 3561 -  The Physics of Crystalline Materials

PHYS 3562 – The Physics of Non-Crystalline and Amorphous Materials

 PHYS 2386 – Electricity and Magnetism and Optics
 PHYS 2300 - General Physics Lab 1
 PHYS 2561 - Materials Science 1
 PHYS 2500 – Materials Science Lab 1
Core for Major only  PHYS 2671 -  Fluid Dynamics  PHYS 3565 – Thermodynamics and Kinetics of Materials
 PHYS 2396 – Computer Applications in Physics  PHYS 3500 - Advanced Materials Science Laboratory


Any one of the following courses can be chosen as electives, if qualified, to complete the Material Science Major:

PHYS 3399 - Research Project
Any other PHYS course
Any Level II or III Electronics course
MATH 2230 - Engineering Mathematics 2

If pursuing a double major, a single advanced level course CANNOT count towards 2 majors. Therefore, due to overlapping core courses, a double major within the department MUST have Electronics as one of the majors.

The Mathematics courses listed are those required to complete Physics majors. For more information on Mathematics courses, please contact the Department on Mathematics. Students pursuing both MATH1142 and MATH1151 otherwise do not need to do MATH1185.

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