Minor in Polymers and Soft Matter

A minor in polymers and soft matter (MPSM) is an undergraduate minor program that consists of a minimum of six subjects or five subjects and a one-semester laboratory experience. Five of the subjects are core subjects in Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, and Ethics, each of which is critical to understanding and applying knowledge of polymers and soft matter in real world settings.

Required Subjects

3.016 Computational Methods for Materials Scientists and Engineers 
   or 18.03 Differential equations
3.063 Polymer Physics
5.12 Organic Chemistry I
10.01 Ethics for Engineers

Select one of the following*:
2.001 Mechanics and Materials I
3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics
10.10 Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Elective Subjects** (select one of the following***):

2.001 Mechanics and Materials I*
2.627 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics
3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering*
3.032 Mechanical Behavior of Materials
3.034 Organic and Biomaterials Chemistry
3.055 Biomaterials Science and Engineering
5.07 Biological Chemistry I
5.13 Organic Chemistry II
5.43 Advanced Organic Chemistry
5.60 Thermodynamics and Kinetics*
10.00 Molecule Builders
10.10 Introduction to Chemical Engineering*
10.443 Future Medicine: Drug Delivery, Therapeutics, and Diagnostics
20.110 Thermoodynamics of Biomolecular Systems

*These subjects can count as part of the required subjects or as restricted electives, but not both. Students majoring in Course 2, 2-A, or 2-OE may not count 2.001 toward the minor. Students majoring in coure 3, 3-A, or 3-C may not count 3.012 toward the mior. Students majoring in Course 5 may not count 5.60 toward the minor. Students majoring in Course 10, 10-B, 10-C, or 10-ENG may not count 10.10 toward the minor.

**Students must select an elective subject that is outside of the major field of study as approved by their minor advisor. As a general guideline, the elective should be from outside the student's major department.

***Students may substitute a one-semester UROP (12 units) in an area of research relevant to polymers and soft matter science or engineering. UROP must be approved by the MPSM advisor.

To declare a Minor in Polymers and Soft Materials:

  • Meet with the MPSM advisor, Professor Jeremiah Johnson (jaj2109@mit.edu)
  • Fill out a Minor Application Form and bring the completed form and a copy of your most recent unofficial MIT transcript to Grace Kimball in the Chemistry Education Office (6-205). You can obtain your unofficial MIT transcript from Student Services (11-120).
  • Subjects required for a minor are discussed above.
  • By the third week of your final semester you must fill out a Minor Completion Form. If you do not complete this final step by the third week of your final semester, your minor degree may not appear on your diploma.
  • Bring a copy of your most recent MIT unofficial transcript (from Student Services, Room 11-120) and a completed Minor Completion Form to Grace Kimball in the Chemistry Education Office (6-205).
  • Minor Application and Completion Forms are available online and in the Chemistry Education Office.

For administrative information about the MPSM Program, contact:
Grace Kimball
Room 6-205 x3-7271

For academic information about the MPSM Program, contact:
Professor Jeremiah Johnson
Room 18-296, 617-253-1819

For a general description of the Minor Program, refer to the MIT Course Bulletin's information on Minors and for general guidelines refer to the information on Declaring a Minor from the Registrar's Office.