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Undergraduate Program Mission and Objectives

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Undergraduate Program Mission

To provide accessible, high quality, nationally recognized education in materials science and engineering that prepares students for productive careers, further graduate study, and lifelong learning.

Educational Objectives

Within a few years of graduation, materials science and engineering graduates will be:

  • Fully qualified as materials engineers, with an ability to adapt and progress in a rapidly changing field.
  • Well-rounded individuals who both understand the principles and can undertake the practice of the science and engineering of materials.
  • Able to operate as effective engineers or scientists in materials industries, academia, or related fields.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, materials science and engineering students will possess:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering
  • An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  • An ability to design a system, component or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  • An ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify, formulate and solve engineering problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context
  • A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  • A knowledge of contemporary issues
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice