Materials Science Engineering Educational Mission and Goals

Educational Mission of the Materials Science Engineering Program

The educational mission of the Materials Science Engineering program is to provide students with a unique interdisciplinary academic foundation on which to continue developing intellectual capacity, and the scholarly training needed to address complex problems in materials science with emphasis on advances in nanotechnology, electronic materials, biomaterials, novel alloys, and the selection of materials to meet design goals.

Undergraduate Major in Materials Science Engineering

Program Educational Objectives: Graduates of the Materials Science Engineering program will
(1) establish a productive Materials Science and Engineering career in industry, government or academia;

(2) apply critical reasoning and the requisite analytical/ quantitative skills in seeking solutions to materials science and engineering problems;

(3) promote innovation in materials development and design through effective leadership, skilled communications, and multidisciplinary teamwork;

(4) exhibit a commitment to engineering ethics, environmental stewardship, continued learning, and professional development.
(Program educational objectives are those aspects of engineering that help shape the curriculum; achievement of these objectives is a shared responsibility between the student and UCI.)

Materials Science Engineering Student Outcomes:
(a) An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
(b) An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
(c) 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
(d) An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
(e) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
(f) An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
(g) An ability to communicate effectively
(h) The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
(i) A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
(j) A knowledge of contemporary issues
(k) An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Criterion 3. Student Outcomes: Criteria for Accrediting Engineering Programs.