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 following1:

  • 2.001 Mechanics and Materials I
  • 3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering
  • 5.601 Thermodynamics I / 5.602 Thermodynamics II & Kinetics
  • 10.10 Introduction to Chemical Engineering

Elective Subjects2 (select one of the following3):

  • 2.001 Mechanics and Materials I1
  • 2.627 Fundamentals of Photovoltaics
  • 3.012 Fundamentals of Materials Science and Engineering1
  • 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 Kinetics1
  • 10.00 Molecule Builders
  • 10.10 Introduction to Chemical Engineering1
  • 10.443 Future Medicine: Drug Delivery, Therapeutics, and Diagnostics
  • 20.110 Thermodynamics of Biomolecular Systems

1 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 course 3, 3-A, or 3-C may not count 3.012 toward the minor. 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.

2 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.

3 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.

Contact

For administrative information about the MPSM Program, contact:
Mitch Moise
mmoise@mit.edu
Room 6-205 x3-7271

For academic information about the MPSM Program, contact:
Professor Jeremiah Johnson
jaj2109@mit.edu
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.