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, Student enrollment and graduation data from this program are available on the McCormick School website.

Program Educational Objectives

The following broad statements describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years after graduation.

Foundation for Competent Practice

Our graduates function as practicing materials scientists/engineers with the necessary core competencies to interface with other engineering disciplines or apply their knowledge in other areas that might include law, medicine, or business.

Foundation for Discovering New Frontiers

Our graduates who choose to pursue graduate study will be well-prepared to advance the field and state-of-the-art in areas of engineering, science, law, medicine, or business.

Communication / Teamwork / Leadership

Our graduates communicate effectively using formats appropriate for professional engineers, scientists, lawyers, and administrators, and contribute as functioning team members or as leaders in their chosen 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.

MSE Program Student Outcomes 1-16

The MSE department incorporated the a-k concepts into a materials-specific set of student outcomes well before last ABET review. The 1-16 outcomes provide the basis for a departmental senior exit survey that has been used since before 2006; the continuity of the format allows comparison of student self-assessed performance, which in turn provides useful feedback for the program. The MSE-specific student outcomes are listed below, along with the relationships between these outcomes to the requirements of ABET Criteria 3a-k. 

  1. Knowledge of sound fundamentals of dynamic multilevel microstructure: supports Criterion 3a.

  2. The ability to apply mathematics and science to engineering problems: supports Criterion 3a.

  3. The ability to perform mechanistic modeling: supports Criterion 3a.

  4. Knowledge of computational materials science: supports Criterion 3k.

  5. Knowledge of instrumentation for the characterization of structure and properties: supports Criterion 3k.

  6. Knowledge of processing practice: supports Criterion 3k.

  7. The ability to identify and formulate complex problems: supports Criterion 3e.

  8. An understanding of how user needs define materials performance requirements: supports Criterion 3c.

  9. An understanding of the global/societal context of engineering problems: supports Criterion 3h, and is enhanced by the Social Science/Humanities requirement.

  10. Knowledge of professional ethics issues: supports Criterion 3f.

  11. 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 lifelong learning: supports Criteria 3i,j.

  12. The ability to perform theoretical, conceptual and computational design: supports Criterion 3b.

  13. The ability to design and interpret experiments; at the advanced level includes experimental optimization using statistical techniques: supports Criterion 3b.

  14. The ability to apply the theoretical and experimental design techniques to both materials and processes: supports Criterion 3c.

  15. The ability to function effectively in cross-functional teamwork, both within the materials discipline and from a multidisciplinary perspective: supports Criterion 3d.

  16. The ability to communicate effectively in written, spoken and graphical form: supports Criterion 3g.