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MSE Undergraduate Program Objectives & Student Outcomes

Program Objectives

The goal of the BS degree program in MSE is to provide the educational foundation that enables alumni to pursue their personal career objectives.  Historically, the majority of our alumni become valued members of industrial and/or research teams within the field of materials science or related technical disciplines while a smaller percentage pursue graduate education or other personal career objectives.   

The specific objectives for the BS degree program in MSE are to produce alumni who are:

  • effective communicators with written, oral, and visual media
  • able to apply critical thinking skills to engineering and research problems
  • effective learners able to apply new technical tools, techniques, and knowledge specific to their field of employment or graduate studies 

Student Outcomes

Upon graduation, students completing the B.S. degree program in MSE will be able to:

1. identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics including computational techniques to materials systems

2. apply engineering selection and design consistent with the program educational objectives to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, apply statistical methods, and use engineering judgment (considering structure, properties, processing and performance) to draw conclusions

7. acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.