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Materials Science Pathway

As Interdisciplinary Studies majors, students in the materials science pathway will study at the intersection of physics and chemistry, establishing a strong foundation for careers in research and development, fabrication, or manufacturing.

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
C1: ENGL 1101

English Composition I

3
M: MATH 1113

Precalculus

4
T1: CHEM 1211 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry I

4
I2: XIDS 2001 OR 2002

First-Year Seminar

1
S1: HIST 1111 OR 1112

World History

3

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1101 with a C or better
  • Complete MATH 1113

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
C2: ENGL 1102

English Composition II

3
T3: MATH 1634

Calculus 1

4
T2: CHEM 1212 + Lab

Principles of Chemistry II

4
P1: HIST 2111 OR 2112

US History

3
I2: Institutional Course 1

Milestones:

  • Complete ENGL 1102 with a C or better
  • Complete MATH 1634
  • Complete CHEM 1212/1212L

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
F: PHYS 1111 + Lab

Introductory Physics I

4
F: MATH 1401 OR 2644

Elementary Statistics or Calculus II

3/4
I1: COMM 1110

Oral Communications

3
F: CHEM 2411 OR 2455 + Lab

Organic Chemistry I or Principles of Organic Chemistry

4

Milestone:

  • Complete CHEM 2411/2411L or 2455/2455L

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
F: XIDS 2000

Intro Interdisciplinary Studies

3
F: PHYS 1112 + Lab

Introductory Physics II

4
P2: POLS 1101

American Government

3
Elective

(Core Area F, if needed)

3
A: Humanities 3

Milestones:

  • Complete XIDS 2000 with a C or better
  • Complete PHYS 1112/1112L
  • Complete BIS Degree Plan and submit to Registrar

13/14 Fall Credit Hours + 16 Spring Credit Hours = 29/30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
PHYS 4985

Applied Mechanics

3
PHYS 4985

Modern Physics for Engineers

3
Elective: GEOL 1121 + Lab

(Recommended) Intro Geosciences I

4
A: Humanities 3
S2: Social Science 3

 

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
XIDS 3000

Interdisciplinary Methods

3
CHEM 3201

Materials Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry

3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3

Milestone:

  • Complete XIDS 3000 with C or better & finish capstone proposal/plan

16 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring credit hours = 31 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
PHYS 4985

Fundamentals of Materials

3
CHEM 4985

Experimental Tech. in Materials Chemistry

3
PHYS 4683 OR CHEM 4083

Internship or Faculty Directed Research

1
Elective: PHYS 3511

(Recommended) Experimental Physics I

1
GEOL 3014

Mineralogy and Crystallography

4
Elective: PHYS 3013

(Recommended) Basic Electronics

3

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
XIDS 4000

Interdisciplinary capstone

3
CHEM 3201

Materials Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry

3
PHYS 4683 OR CHEM 4083

Internship or Faculty Directed Research

2
Elective: PHYS 3521

(Recommended) Experimental Physics II

1
Elective 3
Elective 3

Milestones:

  • Complete XIDS 4000 with a C or better along with capstone project
  • Reach 39 credit hours at 3000/4000 level and 120 credit hours total

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Make sure to take XIDS 2000: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies to start your intellectual, boundary-crossing journey!
  • Discover your interests in your core classes. These can help you establish your disciplines.

Middle Years:

  • Work with your IDS professors in XIDS 3000 to establish your degree plan, including identifying your complex problem and exploring how and what disciplines can help inform your inquiry.

Last Year:

  • This is the time for your XIDS capstone! Make sure you have 9 hours of 3000-4000-level coursework for each of your two disciplines!

Find Your Place

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Attend UWG Scholars’ Day.
  • Check out what university associations and community organizations relate to your disciplines.

Last Year:

  • Hone your leadership skills by mentoring new IDS majors!
  • Consider running for an officer position in a student organization.

Broaden Your Perspectives

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Complete an internship in your field.
  • Consider a summer or part-time job.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Draft your resume and attend a resume blitz.
  • Learn about how to network on social media and update your Handshake profile.
  • Draft your personal statement.
  • Visit the graduate school to find out about graduate programs and admission requirements.

Last Year:

  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with career services.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Attend an interview workshop.
  • Apply for graduate programs.

Requirements

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Degree Requirements

IDS MAJORS

All IDS majors complete an XIDS course sequence through which they learn interdisciplinary concepts and method, culminating with a capstone project that reflects their intellectual and career interests:

  • XIDS 2000 - Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
  • XIDS 3000 - Interdisciplinary Methods
  • XIDS 4000 - Interdisciplinary Capstone

Pathway requirements

Pathway Requirements

Foundation Courses

Physics foundation

  • PHYS 1111/1111L - Introductory Physics I + Lab
  • PHYS 1112/1112L - Introductory Physics II + Lab

Chemistry foundation

  • CHEM 1211/1211L - Principles of Chemistry I + Lab
  • CHEM 1212/121L - Principles of Chemistry II + Lab
  • CHEM 2411/2411L - Organic Chemistry I + Lab or CHEM 2455/2455L - Principles of Organic Chemistry + Lab

Upper-Level Courses

Three courses in Physics

  • PHYS 4985 - Applied Mechanics
  • PHYS 4985 - Modern Physics for Engineers
  • PHYS 4985 - Fundamentals of Materials

Three courses in Chemistry

  • Two of the following:
    • CHEM 3201 - Survey of Materials Chemistry
    • CHEM 3201 - Polymer Chemistry
    • CHEM 3201 - Green Chemistry
  • CHEM 4985 - Experimental Techniques in Materials Chemistry

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