UST Minors for Undergraduates

  • A student enrolled in any UST undergraduate program can optionally join any offered Minor by UST, as long as the Minor is not in the same field as his/her Major, even if offered by a different school.
  • Registering for Minor courses follows UST's regular course registration policies and regulations.

   

 

Offered by BMS

The minor in BMS is designed to provide the students with broad knowledge in the Biomedical Sciences fields. The minor courses are selected from the BMS program concentrations of Molecular Cell Biology, Medical sciences, Computational Biology and Genomics. and Drug Design and Development. An additional elective course enables the students to gain more knowledge in the field of their choice.

Courses:

  • Choose one:
    BMS 202 Cell Biology
    BMS 203 Principles of Genetics
  • Choose one:
    BMS 320 Introduction to Bioinform and Prog Languag
    BMS 473 Foundations of Computational and Systems Biology
  • Choose one:
    BMS 205 Human Physiology
    BMS 337 Cancer Biology and Practicum
  • Choose one:
    BMS 204 Biochemistry
    BMS 332 Drug Discovery and Development
  • BMS elective

 

 

Offered by CIE

The Minor in Information Engineering offers students an immersive exploration of information technology fundamentals. Through the selected courses, students will gain a strong foundation in information engineering principles. In addition, students can choose from a selection of specialized courses to further enhance their expertise in this dynamic field. This minor provides a valuable skill set that complements various majors. Enhance your academic profile by gaining proficiency in programming, data analysis, and machine learning, essential tools in today's technology-driven world. This minor equips you with cross-disciplinary capabilities to innovate and excel in your chosen field Students in the DSAI program are not eligible to declare this minor because it overlaps with their major field of study.

Courses:

  • CIE 202 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
  • CIE 205 Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis
  • CIE 206 Database Management System
  • CIE 417 Machine Learning
  • Choose one:
    CIE 302 Operating Systems
    CIE 427 Big Data Analytics
    CIE 458 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
    CIE 460 Software Engineering Fundamentals
    CIE 464 Computer Graphics
    CIE 470 Introduction to Quantum Computation and Quantum Information  
    CIE 552 Computer Vision
    CIE 555 Neural Networks and Deep Learning
    CIE 553 Natural Language Processing

 

 

Offered by ENV

This minor is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of waste management engineering. The primary student learning outcome of the minor is the detailed understanding of the concepts of waste management, including solid waste management, bioprocess engineering processes, and waste valorization.

Courses:

  • ENV 207 Material and Energy Balances
  • ENV 301 Environmental Laws, Policies, and Economics
  • ENV 359 Bioprocess Engineering
  • ENV 423 Municipal Solid Waste Management
  • Choose one:
    ENV 427 Hazardous Waste Management
    ENV 558 Energy from Biomass and Waste

 

 

Offered by ENV

This minor is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study for the assessment of environmental impacts. The primary student learning outcome of the minor is the detailed understanding of environmental chemistry/microbiology, climatology/ecology/aquatic environments, environmental laws, and  environmental impact assessment methodology.

Courses:

  • Choose one:
    ENV 303 Environmental Chemistry
    ENV 220 + ENV 221
    BMS 201 + BMS 211
  • Choose one:
    ENV 319 Environmental Climatology
    ENV 324 Ecology
    ENV 348 Aquatic Environments
  • ENV 301 Environmental Laws, Policies, and Economics
  • ENV 457 Environmental Impact Assessment+B7

 

 

Offered by NANENG

The minor in Nanoelectronics Engineering offers students a comprehensive journey into the realm of nanoelectronics and its applications. By enrolling in the designated courses, students will cultivate a robust groundwork in the fundamental principles of nanoelectronics engineering. Further, the students can select from some specialized courses to amplify their expertise in this rapidly evolving domain. This minor endows students with a valuable skill set that harmonizes with various major disciplines. This will also enhance the students’ academic profile by gaining proficiency in areas such as nanomaterials, quantum devices, and nanofabrication techniques—foundational proficiencies in today's cutting-edge technological landscape. Therefore, our minor furnishes the student with interdisciplinary proficiencies to foster innovation and excel in the field of nanoelectronics engineering.

Courses:

  • NANENG 301 Micro/Nano Fabrication Techniques
  • NANENG 305 Physics Of Semiconductors
  • NANENG 308 Solid State Devices
  • NANENG 424 Photovoltaics and Photonic Devices
  • Choose one:
    NANENG 204 Digital Logic Design
    NANENG 307 Physics of Electronic Materials
    NANENG 322 Electronic Circuit Design
    NANENG 514 Organic Electronics and Photovoltaics

 

 

Offered by NANENG

Photonics is the science that studies light matter interaction. The Minor in Photonics at the NANENG program offers the students a good opportunity to study and understand the fascinating field of photonics. Such a minor consists of carefully selected five interesting courses that provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles and applications of photonics. By completing the Minor in Photonics, students will develop a solid foundation in the field and acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue further studies or careers in areas such as optics, telecommunications, photonics research, or the semiconductor industry.

Courses:

  • NANENG 331 Electromagnetics
  • NANENG 335 Introduction to Photonics
  • NANENG 470 Introduction to Silicon Integrated Photonics
  • NANENG 511 Nano Photonics
  • NANENG 530 Computational Photonics

 

 

Offered by PU

This minor is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of fundamental physics concepts upon which current research fields in fundamental and applied physics are built. The main student learning outcome of this minor is in the study of the theoretical foundation and experimental verification in the standard physics fields of Modern Physics, Quantum Mechanics, Statistical Mechanics, Electromagnetism and General Relativity.

Courses:

  • PHYS 202 Modern Physics
  • PHYS 323 Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 208 Electrodynamics I
  • PHYS 311 Thermal and Statistical Physics
  • PHYS 453 Gravity & General Relativity

 

 

Offered by DSAI

The Minor in Artificial Intelligence and Big Data is designed to qualify students (with software development background) to develop software applications, to carry out scientific research in the fields of Machine and deep learning, and to be able to analyze big data to help decision makers. Students in the CIE program are not eligible to declare this minor because it overlaps with their major field of study. This minor is 15 credit hours and is divided into three parts:

Part 1: Basic concepts of Machine and deep learning (6 Cr). It covers most common learning algorithms such as Support Vector Machine (SVM), Neural Networks (NN), Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), and Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) with many variants of those algorithms.

Part 2: Applications of Deep learning in Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing (6 Cr). it covers many applications such as Objects Detection, Localization and Classification, Face Recognition, Image Segmentation, Text Summarization, Sentiment Analysis of tweets, and Transformers (the core of Chat GPT).

Part 3: Basics of Big Data Analytics (3 Cr). It covers challenges of Big Data and how to deal with it. Many common analytics tools are explored and applied on real world data. By successfully passing this minor, students will be eligible to apply for jobs in AI based companies, to join research projects in AI field, and to work as Junior Data Analyst in big firms and enterprises in Telecom and Banking Sectors.

Courses:

  • CSAI 253 Machine Learning
  • CSAI 308 Deep Learning
  • CSAI 353 Natural language processing
  • CSAI 352 Computer Vision
  • CSAI 427 Big Data Analytics

 

 

Offered by SWD

The Minor in Game Design and Development equips students with essential knowledge and tools within the emerging domain of game creation, empowering them with the skills to make impactful contributions to the world of interactive entertainment. Given the interdisciplinary nature of game development, its impact spans a wide array of fields. Beyond entertainment, game development finds applications in education, healthcare, business and marketing, simulation and modeling, psychology, cognitive science, and numerous other domains. This Minor imparts supplementary and crucial skills to aspiring game designers and developers, enabling them to transform their creative ideas into fully functional games. This ensures a comprehensive grasp of the processes involved in crafting captivating gaming experiences that hold the potential for commercial success.

Courses:

  • SWGCG 351 Game Design and Development
  • SWGCG 352 Computer and Physics-Based Animation
  • SWGCG 402 Visual Effects Production
  • SWGCG 451 Model Creation and Character Animation
  • Choose one:
    SWGCG 452 Physics-Based Vision and Rendering
    SWGCG 453 Mobile and Casual Game Development
    SWHCI 402 AI Based Products and Services
    SWHCI 452 Designing Extended Reality Experience

 

 

Offered by SWD

The Minor in Application Development provides students with vital knowledge and tools needed in the realm of software development, empowering them with the expertise to make meaningful contributions to the field of software products and services. In a world that relies heavily on technology, the ability to create efficient, user-friendly, and robust software solutions is of great importance. This Minor ensures that students possess the expertise required to meet these demands.  Since the field of software development is rapidly evolving, consistency, quality, and adherence to best practices are essential skills. To fulfill this, the Minor not only imparts technical skills but also cultivates a mindset of disciplined and structured development that encourages following standardized methodologies in software development.

Courses:

  • SWAPD 301 Software Systems Requirements Development
  • SWAPD 351 Software Architecture and Design
  • SWAPD 352 Web Applications Development
  • SWAPD 401 Software Testing, Validation, and Quality Assurance
  • Choose one:
    SWAPD 402 Mobile Application Development
    SWAPD 452 Enterprise Application Development
    SWAPD 453 IoT Applications Development

 

 

Offered by NANOSC

Nanoscience is a multidisciplinary field that explores the behavior and manipulation of different materials at the nanoscale, which is roughly 1 to 100 nanometers in size. A minor in Nanoscience is an academic degree that allows students with a foundational understanding of the principles, theories, and applications of nanoscience. The minor degree in Nanoscience typically complements a major degree in a related field such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, pharmacy, or engineering. It offers students an opportunity to gain specialized knowledge and skills in nanoscience while pursuing their primary area of study.

The curriculum of a minor degree in Nanoscience includes a combination of three compulsory core courses and two elective courses. The compulsory core courses cover fundamental concepts in nanoscience and the unique properties and phenomena exhibited by materials at the nanoscale, as well as the nanomaterials’ fabrication techniques, and the fundamental characterizations at the nanoscale. The two elective courses (NANOSC 300 or 400 level courses or from the electives list) allow students to explore specific areas of nanoscience in greater depth.

Courses:

  • NANOSC 305 Synthesis/Fabrication of Nanomaterials
  • NANOSC 302 Modern Characterization Techniques I
  • Choose one:
    NANOSC 308 Introduction to Polymer Science
    NANOSC 301 Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials
  • NANOSC 300 / 400 level course
  • NANOSC 300 / 400 level course