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Undergraduate Program

Here you will find details about the mission, goals, objectives and outcomes of our undergraduate program



To provide internationally recognized leadership in education, research and service in the field of materials science and engineering. This is achieved through educational programs that produce students with a strong background in scientific and engineering problem-solving methods as well as communication and teamwork skills.



  • To provide excellent, diverse students with knowledge and engineering skills in a quality learning environment that will enable them to become flexible, effective life-long learners and leaders in materials-related industries, government agencies, and academia.
  • To have a leading undergraduate program in materials science and engineering, one that integrates a strong scientific base with engineering experience.


The undergraduate program in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan will graduate students who:

  • possess an understanding of the structure, properties, performance, and processing of materials.
  • adapt to the rapidly changing scientific and technological landscape, and drive the development of future technologies.
  • communicate effectively with their colleagues and the general public.
  • contribute substantively to science, technology, the environment, and society.

Apart from listing our own program outcomes, we have also shown how each of our program outcomes maps to outcomes defined by both ABET and TMS for MSE programs. Note that you can also click the number of a particular outcome (far left of table) to see how our curriculum addresses each particular outcome.


Program Outcomes
aan ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
ban ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
can 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
dan ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
ean ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
fan understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
gan ability to communicate effectively
hthe broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
ia recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
ja knowledge of contemporary issues
kan ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice