Undergraduate Program

MSE Undergraduate Program

It is the mission of the Materials Science and Engineering department to prepare graduates for diverse careers in the fields of materials science and engineering.

Undergraduate students wishing to extend their education can undertake specialized study in a range of fields. These include research in ceramics, polymers, composites, nanostructured materials, high-temperature alloys, solidification, corrosion, deformation processing, welding, high-strength high-modulus materials, biomaterials, electronic materials, surface and molecular kinetics, glass science, and the origin of mechanical and physical properties in many different types of materials.

Objectives of the Undergraduate Curriculum

While certain objectives of an undergraduate education in engineering are common to all programs, there are subtle but important differences that require some subset of objectives specific to ensuring that all graduates have specialized technical knowledge in their chosen field.

Graduates of the materials engineering baccalaureate program who remain in their field, as graduate students or as professionals, will have within a few years of their graduation:

  • used their broad knowledge of all classes of materials and their background in mathematics and science to contribute effectively to the solution of engineering problems, including problems involving design.

  • demonstrated expertise in understanding the interdependence of the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials and have utilized the interdependence in their professional activities.

  • demonstrated themselves capable of dealing with emerging engineering problems and their societal consequences.

  • demonstrated themselves effective in working with multi-disciplinary teams and in communicating clearly and convincingly in a variety of contexts.

  • demonstrated the capacity for continued future learning and have a desire to engage in such learning.

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

Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

  • an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

  • an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

  • an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

  • an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

  • an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

  • an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

    Enrollments Degrees Awarded
Year   1 2 3 4 UG Total Grad Total Bachelors Masters Doctorates
13/14 FT 22 23 35 24 104 56 24 7 9
PT           6
14/15 FT 22 33 32 31 118 58 26 3 14
PT           3
15/16 FT 18 31 34 35 118 48 33 7 6
PT           6
16/17 FT 21 24 31 38 114 43 29 6 10
PT           6
17/18 FT 20 18 25 40 103        

FT = full time, PT = part time