For Prospective Undergraduates
The Bachelor of Science degree program in Materials Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org
ABET Program Educational Objectives
The educational goal of the Bachelor of Science program in Materials Science and Engineering is to prepare our graduates to use the fundamental and applied knowledge and skills of the discipline in order to perform effectively as materials scientists and/or engineers in a broad range of industrial, governmental and academic positions. The specific objectives are to produce graduates of the Undergraduate Program in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Washington who:
- Have a sound fundamental understanding of the core Materials Science and Engineering principles of structure, processing, properties, performance and selection, will be able to apply them in a wide variety of engineering industries involving all classes of materials
- Will apply their broad materials science and engineering training to excel in areas such as entrepreneurship, government, and education.
- Will excel in outstanding graduate programs.
- Will be leaders in their chosen fields and participate in professional societies and organizations to further improve the materials science and engineering profession.
- Behave ethically and consider the social implications of their work, especially as it affects the health, safety, and environment of citizens worldwide.
ABET Student Learning Outcomes
The desired student outcomes (SOs) include both the general SOs listed in Criterion 3 of the 2013-2014 Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs, as well as program-specific SOs unique to our program. The program-specific SOs for the BS degree have been previously established based on prior versions of the ABET Program Criteria for Materials Science and Engineering Programs and these outcomes are maintained for our current MSE program.
General Student Outcomes
The Department seeks to graduate students who have:
- 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 modern engineering practice.
The program-specific outcomes are based on the ABET Program Criteria for Materials Science and Engineering Programs, and on the department’s specific program educational objectives (PEOs) noted in section 2.2, namely that graduates will have:
- the ability to apply advanced science (such as chemistry and physics) and engineering principles to ceramics, metals, polymers and composite materials systems.
- an integrated understanding of the scientific and engineering principles underlying the four major elements of the field: structure, properties, processing and performance related to material systems.
- the ability to apply and integrate knowledge from each of the four major elements of the field to solve materials selection and design problems.
- the ability to utilize experimental, statistical and computational methods consistent with the goals of the program.
- experience in laboratory work and in research and/or design problem solving.
- preparation, as appropriate to the student and the area of interest, to enter graduate degree programs.