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:

    General Outcomes

  • (A) apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering   
  • (B) design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data 
  • (C) design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, societal, global, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability  
  • (D) function on multidisciplinary teams while maintaining independent thought and expression       
  • (E) identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems 
  • (F) understand professional and ethical responsibility
  • (G) communicate effectively
  • (H) understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global economic, environmental, and societal context 
  • (I) recognize the need for, and to engage in, lifelong learning 
  • (J) apply knowledge of contemporary issues 
  • (K) use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice 

    Materials Specific Outcomes

  • (L) apply advanced science (such as chemistry and physics) and engineering principles to materials systems/problems      
  • (M) understand the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing, and performance 
  • (N) apply and integrate knowledge from each of the above four elements of the field to solve materials selection and design problems 
  • (O) utilize experimental, statistical, and computational methods consistent with the program educational objectives.