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The B.S. Materials Engineering degree program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET),, under EAC General Criteria and EAC Program Criteria for Materials (1), Metallurgical (2), Ceramics (3), and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

Learn why choosing an ABET-accredited program is important.

Program Educational Objectives

ABET defines Program Educational Objectives (PEOs) as “broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation.”

Within a few years of completing the Materials Engineering Program, our graduates are expected to:

  • Work – competently engage in professional employment, applying knowledge and skills related to the structure, properties, processing, and performance of materials.
  • Learn – invest in broad life-long learning activities, such as advanced academic or professional degree programs, practical training, professional development, and leadership training.
  • Serve – actively contribute to professional communities in their chosen career paths, including professional societies, advisory boards, standards and regulatory boards, and internal company organizations.

Student Outcomes

At the time of graduation, graduates in Materials Engineering will have demonstrated:

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

2. 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;

3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;

4. 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;

5. 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;

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

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


Undergraduate Enrollment and Graduation Data

Academic year Fall enrollment

Program Graduates

2023-2024 118
2022-2023 124 37
2021-2022 150 45
2020-2021 173 42
2019-2020 201 55
2018-2019 211 55

Additional Accreditation Information (HLC)

Iowa State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.