Jul 15, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Materials Science Minor

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Department of Materials Science, College of Science and Engineering

23 credits


Materials science addresses the challenges of creating and using new materials for the 21st century. Advanced materials play a critical role in the modern economy where they are used in a wide range of applications, from high technology to everyday products. They include metals, alloys, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers and composites. Materials science is the study of these materials, their properties and uses.

Why Consider a Materials Science Minor?

Professionals trained in materials science are sought after by state, regional and national companies working in areas such as aerospace, biotechnology, microelectronics, nanotechnology, clean energy, defense, and transportation. The materials science minor complements major degree programs at WWU such as chemistry, engineering, physics, geology, energy science, and biology by providing an interdisciplinary perspective preparing graduates to work at the boundaries between disciplines. The program aims to provide students with an understanding of fundamental concepts and principles balanced with practical applications and useful skills.

 Contact Information

AMSEC Director
Amanda Murphy
Morse Hall 342

 Sample Careers

Visit wwu.edu/amsec

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Visit the Materials Science Minor Application webpage.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

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