Electronic and Photonic Materials Minor

Electronic and photonic materials have greatly changed modern life.  Without them, computer, telecommunication systems, compact disc players, video cameras, and all the electronics with which we have become accustomed would not be possible.  The study of electronic and photonic materials is a natural bridge between the fields of electrical engineering and materials science.  Students in electrical engineering will benefit from this minor because they will better understand the materials with which they will design electronic and photonic devices, such as transistors on a computer chip or semiconductor lasers in a compact disc player.  Training in the field of electronic and photonic materials requires study of the processing and characterization of these materials to help engineers develop ways to lower cost and improve performance.  This knowledge will help prepare students to enter the semiconductor industry or pursue graduate studies.

Any questions on the minor should be addressed to Cindy Lake in 225 Steidle Building (cll12@psu.edu or 814 -865-5766).



Course Requirements

A total of 18 credits are required for the minor.

Required Introductory Courses (6 Credits)

  • MATSE 201* Introduction to Materials Science
  • E SC 314 Engineering Applications of Materials OR
  • E E 340 Introduction to Nano Electronics

Required Advanced Courses (6 Credits)

  • E E 441 Semiconductor Integrated Circuit Technology
  • MATSE 450** – Synthesis and Processing of E P M OR
  • MATSE 455** – Properties and Characterization of E P M

Elective Courses (6 Credits)

  • MATSE 400 – Crystal Chemistry
  • MATSE 401 – Thermodynamics of Materials
  • MATSE 402 – Materials Process Kinetics
  • MATSE 413 Solid State Materials (not acceptable if E SC 314 was taken)
  • MATSE 417 – Electrical and Magnetic Properties of Ceramics
  • MATSE 430 – Materials Characterization
  • MATSE 435 – Optical Properties of Materials
  • MATSE 450** – Synthesis and Processing of E P M (if not already counted as an advanced course)
  • MATSE 455** - Properties and Characterization of E P M
  • E E 442 – Solid State Devices
  • E SC 445 – Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices
  • *Some students have substituted E SC 414M as long as 6 credits of MATSE were still taken.

  • **E E students are able to take the course as long as they have taken MATSE 201 and E SC 314 rather than the current list of prerequisites.  For E SC students, E SC 414M and either MATSE 417,  E E 340, or E SC 314 are acceptable substitutes for the prerequisites.