Undergraduate Study
Materials Science and Engineering (BS)
ABET Objectives & Outcomes

The bachelor of science in materials science and engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. Student enrollment and graduation data from this program are available on the McCormick School website.

Program Educational Objectives

The objectives of our undergraduate program are stated as attributes that program graduates are expected to possess, based on the needs of our student and employer constituencies.

Foundation for Competent Practice

Our graduates function as practicing materials scientists/engineers, excel in graduate study in the field, work to advance the field, or apply their knowledge in other areas that might include law, medicine, or business.

Communication / Teamwork / Leadership

Our graduates communicate effectively and contribute as functioning team members or leaders in the field.

Contemporary Issues / Global & Societal Context / Life-long Learning

Our graduates understand contemporary materials-related issues in the context of environment and global-societal factors. Graduates keep pace with developments in all contexts by applying skills relevant to life-long learning.

Ethics / Professionalism

Our graduates behave professionally and ethically and exhibit an appreciation for the societal impact of their professional choices.

Student Outcomes

(ABET a-k in parentheses)

1. (a) Knowledge of sound fundamentals of dynamic multilevel microstructure
2. (a) The ability to apply mathematics and science to engineering problems
3. (a) The ability to perform mechanistic modeling
4. (k) Knowledge of computational materials science
5. (k) Knowledge of basic and advanced instrumentation for the characterization of structure and properties
6. (k) Knowledge of basic and advanced processing practice
7. (e) The ability to identify and formulate complex problems
8. (c) An understanding of how user needs define materials performance requirements
9.  (h) An understanding of the global/societal context of engineering problems
10. (f) Knowledge of professional ethics issues
11. (i,j) Knowledge of the dynamic nature of all structure, including materials and the systems and environments they serve, requiring knowledge of contemporary issues and the need for life-long learning
12. (b1, b2) The ability to perform theoretical, conceptual and computational design approaches
13. (b1, b2) The ability to perform experimental optimization employing statistical design of experiments techniques
14. (c) The ability to apply the theoretical and experimental design techniques to both materials and processes
15. (d) The ability to function effectively in cross-functional teamwork, both within the materials discipline and from a multidisciplinary perspective
16. (g1,g2) The ability to communicate effectively in written, spoken and graphical form