Undergraduate Accreditation

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BS in Materials Science and Engineering Program Details

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 alumni, the employers who hire those who enter the workforce, and the faculty with whom those who pursue advanced degrees do graduate work, among others.


Program Educational Objectives:

Independent of whether our graduates choose to pursue a career, postgraduate education, or volunteer service in engineering or a different field; we expect that our graduates will achieve the following objectives within three to five years after graduation:

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 the 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.

Definition (ABET):

Student outcomes are the skills and abilities we expect our students to have at the point of graduation. The program has agreed upon the following student outcomes that support our program educational objectives. Attainment of these outcomes prepares graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.


Student Outcomes

The program expects that the students will have attained the following student outcomes by the time they graduate:

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].

Enrollment, Fall 2017

Undergraduate students: 191

Degrees conferred, 2017-2018

Bachelor’s: 49

Earning a degree is a significant achievement and an important investment in the future. Since so much of one’s future success depends on one’s educational foundation, the quality of the education one receives makes a big difference.

Earning a degree from an ABET-accredited program:

  • Verifies that the quality of the educational experience one has received meets the standards of the profession.
  • Increases and enhances employment opportunities.

ABET accreditation can be of great value to a student because:

  • It is often required for eligibility for federal student loans, grants, and scholarships.
  • Many forms of professional licensure, registration, and certification require graduation from ABET-accredited programs as a minimum qualification.
  • Many employers, including the federal government, require graduation from ABET-accredited programs to be eligible for employment in certain fields.
  • Multinational corporations are increasingly listing graduation from an ABET-accredited program as a job requirement for positions in offshore locations.

The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Educational accreditation is a type of quality assurance process under which services and operations of educational institutions or programs are evaluated by an external body to determine if applicable standards are met. If standards are met, accredited status is granted by the agency. In most countries in the world, the function of educational accreditation is conducted by a government organization, such as a ministry of education. In the United States, however, a quality assurance process exists that is independent of government and performed by private membership associations.

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in the disciplines of applied science, computing, engineering, and engineering technology. ABET accreditation, which is voluntary and achieved through a peer review process, provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards established by the profession for which the program prepares its students. Founded, in 1932 as the Engineers’ Council for Professional Development (ECPD), an engineering professional body dedicated to the education, accreditation, regulation, and professional development of the engineering professionals and students in the United States, ABET has been providing accreditation services for technical education programs for 80 years.


Our department’s materials science and engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org/

You can verify our ABET accreditation by visiting:


  1. Institution: Select “Wisconsin-Madison, University of.”
  2. Program Area: Select “Materials Science and Engineering”
  3. Click the “Search” button.