Minors

At Lehigh, we strive to produce well-rounded analytical problem-solvers—innovators well equipped to succeed within the rigor and advances of modern science and technology. These engineers possess the ability to solve multifaceted problems while working in diverse teams in a multidisciplinary, technologically complex environment. Our undergraduate programs integrate cutting-edge research and inquiry-based education to inspire tomorrow's innovators.

Technical Minors

Lehigh engineering encourages its students to be competent in a discipline while getting as broad an education as possible. Technical minors allow engineering students to enhance their studies and to explore emerging technologies.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Tomorrow's leaders must understand the relationship between engineering and other areas such as the humanities and business. These minor programs allow students to further explore areas where engineering crosses paths with other disciplines.













Technical Minors

  • Aerospace Engineering [minor info toward bottom of page]
  • The minor in aerospace engineering provides a foundation for students who intend to pursue a career in the aerospace industry. This minor will also provide sufficient technical background in aerospace studies for undergraduates who plan to enter graduate programs in this field. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.

  • Biotechnology
  • This minor covers topics such as biochemical processes, genetic engineering, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, medical devices, metabolic engineering, and associated areas. The minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.

  • Chemical Engineering
  • This minor delves into chemical and bio-chemical systems, transport phenomena, reaction engineering, multicomponent systems, vapor-liquid equilibrium, pharmaceuticals, and associated topics.

    To earn a minor in chemical engineering, a student must complete five courses.

  • Computer Science
  • The minor in computer science provides a basic familiarity with software development and programming, computer organization and essential elements of computer science. This minor is not available to students of the CSE or ECE departments.

  • Electrical Engineering
  • The purpose of the Electrical Engineering minor is to enavble students to supplement their major with knowledge and skills that increase their ability to realize their multi-diciplinary goals and/or make them morek marketable.

  • Energy Engineering [minor info toward bottom of page]
  • The minor in energy engineering touches upon the technologies associated with the transformation and use of energy in various forms. Since every sector of engineering and the economy requires energies of one form or another, the courses included in this minor program will permit student exposure to fossil, nuclear and renewable energy technologies. The mechanical engineering curriculum provides the fundamental knowledge in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and other related areas leading up to the courses for the energy engineering minor. The courses offer a wide variety of topics, including fundamental, analytical and design aspects of energy conservation as well as various forms of energy used in power generation, transportation and industry. The energy engineering minor requires a minimum of 15 credits, which must be taken from MEM offerings. The minor in energy is primarily intended for ME majors, but students with other majors, particularly chemical engineering, will be able to take some or all of the related courses. Four courses are required with some degree of choice, and an additional course must be selected from a broader set.

  • Engineering Leadership
  • The Leadership Minor provides all students in all majors with the background and practice to become our future leaders. Students have the opportunity to:

    • Learn from and interact with industry leaders and experts
    • Apply knowledge to solve real-world problems in industry projects
    • Acquire skills that employers truly value

  • Environmental Engineering
  • This program covers topics such as water and wastewater treatment, remediation of polluted waters and soils, recycled materials, environmentally benign processes, catalytic converters, fuel cells, waste reduction,and associated areas.

  • Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • This minor covers manufacturing processes, production analysis and control, work systems, facilities planning, material handling, automation and robotics, production engineering, and associated topics. A minimum of 16 credit hours is required to obtain a minor in manufacturing systems.

  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • This minor delves into engineering materials, plastics, ceramics, metals, coatings, processing, electronic materials, and associated topics. To obtain a minor in materials science and engineering, a student must complete at least 15 credit hours.

  • Nanotechnology
  • This minor covers topics such as thin films, nanocharacterization, microelectronic technology, colloids, and other subjects dealing with the nano-scale.

  • Polymer Science & Engineering
  • This minor covers olymer manufacture, physical and chemical properties, composite materials, polymer colloids, polymer applications, and related topics. To earn a minor in polymer science and engineering, a student must register for at least 15 credits of coursework.

Interdisciplinary Minors

  • Business Minor
  • The purpose of this minor is to provide non-business students with the knowledge and skills which will allow them to make more informed business decisions, and to enable non-business students to supplement their major studies with business tools that are attractive to employers.

  • Education Minor
  • Undergraduates in this program explore career options in school teaching or other professional careers with elementary, secondary or special education students.

  • Engineering Leadership
  • The Leadership Minor provides all students in all majors with the background and practice to become our future leaders. Students have the opportunity to:

    • Learn from and interact with industry leaders and experts
    • Apply knowledge to solve real-world problems in industry projects
    • Acquire skills that employers truly value

  • Engineering Minor
  • This innovative program provides insight to students in Lehigh's College of Business and Economics or the College of Arts and Sciences into what engineers do, how they think, and an understanding of the tools and techniques they use to innovate and solve problems. This minor is not available to students pursuing a major degree in engineering.

  • Entrepreneurship Minor
  • Whether you aim to be an entrepreneur or start a non-profit yourself or simply to become more innovative within existing emerging or established companies or non-profit enterprises, students in any major can supplement the major with a creative entrepreneurial mindset and skills that increase your ability to identify opportunities for innovation, to challenge the status quo in any field, and to implement sustainable change.

  • Mechanics of Materials [minor info toward bottom of page]
  • The minor in mechanics of materials provides a view of mechanical strength and behavior of materials based on understanding a few basic concepts and using simplified material models. Courses selected for the minor emphasize concepts such as superposition of loadings; relation between external loads and internal stresses; factor of safety; safe design based on allowable stress or allowable loads; allowable deformation; and reliability of structures. Courses offer a wide variety of topics, including analytical and numerical methods for solving mechanics problems, manufacturing and polymer processing. The mechanics of materials minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.

  • Music Minor
  • The music minor requires a minimum of 17 credits and may include MUS 80 and 90. The program is designed to be flexible.

Minors at Lehigh