Objectives and Outcomes

The undergraduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is designed to produce undergraduates that are international leaders in the field of materials.  As such, our curriculum is designed to meet the following educational objectives and outcomes:

Educational Objectives

The objective of the Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program is embedded in our mission statement—to provide to our students a well-rounded engineering education with specific emphasis on materials science and engineering that will meet the needs of industry, academia, and government.  As such, the department is committed to providing and maintaining a curriculum that will prepare our graduates to:

Provide science and engineering leadership in international industrial, governmental, and academic settings, while serving both their profession and the public
Innovate in a wide variety of technical fields including, but not limited to, materials, energy, electronics, medicine, communications, transportation and recreation
Excel in careers related to the entire life cycle of materials—from synthesis and processing, through design and development, to manufacturing, performance, reclamation and recycling
Engage in lifelong learning activities which enhance their careers and provide flexibility to respond to changing professional and societal needs

Program Outcomes

As a part of our undergraduate degree program, graduates will:

  • Learn to apply a knowledge of mathematics and advanced science and engineering principles to materials systems
  • Learn to design and conduct experiments and to analyze and interpret data
  • Learn to design a process, a microstructure, or a component to satisfy system needs
  • Be able to function on multidisciplinary teams
  • Learn to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • Be able to communicate effectively, both in writing and in speech
  • Gain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
  • Recognize the need for, and be able to engage in, lifelong learning
  • Have a knowledge of contemporary issues
  • Learn to use the experimental, analytical, statistical, and computational tools for engineering practice in the materials discipline
  • Learn the fundamental principles underlying and connecting the structure, processing, properties, and performance of materials systems