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Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes


Program Objectives

The Washington State University Materials Science and Engineering Program PhD holds the following objectives as its primary aims.

  1. To train students to become effective researchers in the subject of materials science and engineering, to contribute to our understanding of materials science and address technical challenges in materials engineering.
  2. To prepare students for careers as scientists and engineers in industry, government, and academia.

Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes are necessary for the successful achievement of the program objectives. Students who successfully graduate from the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Program will be able to

  1. demonstrate expertise and understanding of the core physical science and engineering fields;
  2. identify problems in the field of MSE, design sound experimental or theoretical methods to address these problems, and perform the corresponding research to solve these problems;
  3. clearly and effectively communicate, both written and verbally, their scientific activities to their peers and the general public;
  4. effectively engage with the scientific community through professional participation in conferences, meetings, and workshops;
  5. understand careers in MSE, including employment opportunities in industry, government, and academia; and
  6. understand the importance of safe laboratory practices as well as the ethical and social responsibilities of scientists.