The BSE in Materials Science and Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,


The mission of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania is:

  • To design and deliver educational programs of the highest quality that will prepare students for global leadership positions in the industrial, academic and public sectors;
  • To extend the frontiers of knowledge in materials science and engineering through intellectual leadership in research and scholarship; and
  • To enable technological excellence by stimulating innovation in the science and engineering of materials.

Program Educational Objectives

Graduates of the Bachelors of Science and Engineering Program in Materials Science and Engineering will:

  1. Excel in careers in materials science and engineering practice and research in materials-relevant industries, such as biomedical, electronics, energy, telecommunications, and transportation.
  2. Make use of the rigor and creativity of our materials science and engineering program to excel in diverse career paths.
  3. Excel in top ranked engineering graduate programs and professional schools.
  4. Be quantitative, critical, creative and independent thinkers who direct their technical expertise towards addressing the needs of society.
  5. Be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields, sensitive to the social, ethical, and technical implications of their work and its impact on the environment, safety and health of citizens worldwide.

Student Outcomes

Students graduating with a degree in Materials Science and Engineering have:

  1. an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  2. an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data
  3. 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
  4. an ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
  5. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
  6. an understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  7. an ability to communicate effectively
  8. the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context
  9. a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning
  10. a knowledge of contemporary issues
  11. an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Student Enrollments and Graduates

Academic Year Undergraduate Enrollment Undergraduate Degrees Awarded
2016-2017 66 16
2015-2916 82 24
2014-2015 98 32
2013-2014 94 19
2012-2013 92 16
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Dr. Vanessa Chan 
Professor and Undergraduate Chair

Ms. Vicky Lee
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
LRSM, Room 201
Phone: 215-898-8337