University of Wisconsin Madison College of Engineering

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering

Degree Accreditation (ABET)

Our Mission




 The Mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is to prepare materials engineers and scientists for contributing in a global workplace and society; to transform the future of human well-being through new materials knowledge and technology; to serve as an economic engine; and to contribute to the good of the state, the nation, and the world.



Program Educational Objectives

Approved in revised form on September 2, 2011


Definition (ABET):

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few (three to five) years after graduation. Program educational objectives are based on the needs of the program’s constituencies. Our constituencies include our students, the employers who hire those who enter the workforce, and the faculty with whom those who pursue advanced degrees do graduate work, among others.




MS&E’s Program Educational Objectives are:

Objective 1: Skills and Tools. Graduates will be applying the tools and skills acquired during their undergraduate experience either in post-graduate educational programs or as employees in materials-related industries.


Objective 2: Early Career Growth. Graduates will have experienced professional growth in their chosen post-baccalaureate pursuits, for example, through acquisition of advanced degrees or advancement in employment rank.


Objective 3: Professional Citizenship. Graduates will have demonstrated awareness of contemporary issues in technology and society and ethical responsibility.


Objective 4: Life-Long Learning: Graduates will have demonstrated a continuing commitment to learning.








Student Outcomes

As approved on September 30, 2011



Definition (ABET):

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation. These relate to the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students acquire as they progress through the program.




MS&E’s Student Outcomes are:

Outcome A:
Students shall be able to apply knowledge of mathematics, chemistry, physics, and materials science and engineering principles to materials and materials systems [corresponds with ABET 3a and Materials program criteria].
Outcome B:
Students shall be able to design and conduct experiments to study the microstructure, properties, processing and performance of materials and to analyze and interpret the experimental results [corresponds with ABET 3b and Materials program criteria].
Outcome C:
Students shall be able to design materials and processes to produce them to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability and/or sustainability [corresponds with ABET 3c].
Outcome D:
Students shall be able to work in multi-disciplinary teams and provide leadership on materials related problems that arise in multi-disciplinary work [corresponds with ABET 3d and Materials program criteria].
Outcome E:
Students shall be able to identify materials-related problems and formulate plans to solve such problems [corresponds with ABET 3e Materials program criteria].
Outcome F:
Students shall have an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility [corresponds with ABET 3f].
Outcome G:
Students shall be able to communicate materials concepts effectively through written reports, oral presentations, and discussion [corresponds with ABET 3g and Materials program criteria].
Outcome H:
Students shall have the broad education necessary to understand the impact of materials science and engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context [corresponds with ABET 3h Materials program criteria].
Outcome I:
Students shall have the materials science and engineering foundation needed to succeed in materials science and engineering graduate programs, to pursue other forms of continuing education in materials science and engineering, and to engage in life-long learning of materials science and engineering [corresponds with ABET 3i and Materials program criteria].
Outcome J:
Students shall have an awareness of contemporary and cultural issues [corresponds with 3j].
Outcome K:
Students shall be able to use the techniques, skills, and modern materials science and engineering tools necessary to practice materials science and engineering as a professional [corresponds with ABET 3k and Materials program criteria].


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