Completing a minor is a great way to add value to your degree and make your resume stand out. Below is a list of minors that CHE and PTE students commonly pursue. Talk with your faculty advisor about how best to include a minor in your plan of study. Make sure you review and meet all course prerequisites for minor coursework. For more information about the minor requirements, contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator of the academic department associated with the minor.

At least 50% of the hours in an undergraduate minor must be taken at MSU, and a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in all courses taken as part of an undergraduate minor.  Typically, you declare your minor(s) on your graduation application.  If you have more than one to declare on the application, you’ll need to contact the Degree Audit Team in the Registrar’s Office so that the additional minors can be added to your application.

Biological Sciences minor

This minor is especially attractive to those in the Biomolecular Engineering Concentration.  For this minor, 20-21 credit hours are required: BIO 1134, BIO 1144, BIO 2103, BIO 4113, BIO 4133, and an upper-level BIO course.

Business minors

A minor in Business Administration is most popular as it lays the foundation for pursuing an MBA after graduation, which is helpful if you decide to go into engineering management.  Note that EC 2113 (Macroeconomics) and EC 2123 (Microeconomics) are approved Social Sciences electives and may be used to meet that degree requirement for your engineering B.S.

Chemistry minor

Students may earn a minor in Chemistry by achieving at least a 2.00 average in a total of 22 hours of chemistry with 14 of the hours in upper-division courses and a minimum of 11 of the total hours completed at MSU.

NOTE for students in the CHE Practice Concentration: If you take CH 4521 (Organic Chemistry Lab II), then you only need to take two more upper-level Chemistry courses, which can count as Chemistry or technical electives, to get the Chemistry minor.

Computer Science minor

A minor in computer science consists CSE 1284, CSE 1384, CSE 2383, CSE 2813, and nine hours of approved Computer Science courses. The approved Computer Science courses include all 3000 and 4000 level Computer Science courses.

Environment & Sustainability minor

This 17 credit hour, multi-disciplinary program is open to all undergraduate majors in good standing. Two courses are required of all students: ENS 2103 and ENS 4102, leaving 12 hours for the student to select from three broad categories: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science & Engineering.

Foreign Language minors

A minor in Foreign Languages with concentrations in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish may be obtained upon satisfactory completion of 18 semester hours in one target language.

Geosciences minor

A minor in geoscience with the professional geology concentration requires physical and historical geology with labs (GG 1111/1113 and GG 1121/1123) plus 14 additional hours in 2000 or higher level courses for a total of 22 geoscience credit hours. The environmental geoscience concentration requires that environmental geology (GG 3133) be included in the 22 credit hours.

Global Engineering Leadership minor

For this minor, 18 credit hours are required: 6 s.h. foreign language, 3 s.h. relevant overseas engineering experience, and 6 s.h. leadership electives.

Industrial Engineering minor

For this minor, 15 credit hours are required: IE 3913, IE 4613, IE 4333, and two restricted IE elective courses.  Note that IE 3913 is a required course for the CHE B.S., IE 4613 is an approved substitute for PH 2223 (and a required course for the PTE B.S.), and 3000 and 4000-level IE courses may be used to satisfy technical elective requirement(s).

Mathematics minor

The minor in mathematics consists of MA 1713, MA 1723, MA 2733, MA 2743, MA 3113, MA 3253, one additional mathematics course at the 3000+ level, and another additional mathematics course at the 4000+ level.

NOTE for students in the CHE Practice Concentration and PTE students: The Department of Mathematics counts IE 4613 as a 3000-level math course. If you take IE 4613 (required in the PTE curriculum and an approved substitute for PH 2223 in the CHE curriculum), then you only need MA 3113 and the 4000-level course, which can count as technical electives, to get the math minor.  According to the Department of Mathematics, MA 4523 (Intro to Probability) is a popular choice among engineering students for the 4000-level course.