Undergraduate Program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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Undergraduate Program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

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Metallurgical and Materials Engineering plays a role in all manufacturing processes which convert raw materials into useful products adapted to human needs. The primary focus of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program is to provide undergraduates with a fundamental knowledge-base associated with materials-processing, their properties, and their selection and application. Upon graduation, students would have acquired and developed the necessary background and skills for successful careers in the materials-related industries. Furthermore, after completing the program, the student should be well prepared for management positions in industry or continued education toward a graduate degree. 

Accreditation of the MME Program

The program leading to the degree Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the ABET http://www.abet.org.

The accreditation status for the MME program and all other CSM programs can be found at the CSM accredition page.

Program Educational Objectives:

Program educational objectives are broad statements that describe what graduates are expected to attain within a few years of graduation. The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program at Mines prepares graduates who:

  1. obtain a range of positions in industry or positions in government facilities or pursue graduate education in engineering, science, or other fields;
  2. demonstrate advancement in their chosen careers;
  3. engage in appropriate professional societies and continuing education activities.

Student Outcomes:

Student outcomes describe what students are expected to know and be able to do by the time of graduation.The student outcomes for the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program are:

(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.

The Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME) program emphasizes the structure, properties, processing and performance of materials.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The enrollment and graduation data for the MME program and other CSM programs can be found at the CSM Fact page.


The most up-to-date information about the curriculum, courses, and requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin. A flowchart of courses can be found by using the links on the right side of this page.


Located in Nathaniel Hill Hall, the laboratory facilities are among the best in the nation. The combination of classroom instruction and laboratory hands-on experience provide for a well integrated education leading to a baccalaureate degree. The well-equipped laboratories are dedicated to:

  • particulate and chemical/extraction metallurgical-and-materials processing
  • foundry science
  • corrosion and hydro-/electro-metallurgical studies
  • physical and mechanical metallurgy
  • welding and joining
  • forming, processing,and testing of ceramic materials

Mechanical testing facilities include computerized machines for tensile, compression, torsion, toughness, fatigue and thermo-mechanical testing. There are also other highly specialized research laboratories dedicated to: vapor deposition, and plasma and high-temperature reaction-systems.

Support analytical-laboratories for surface analysis, emission spectrometry, X-ray analysis, optical microscopy and image analysis, electron microscopy, including an analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy and the latest in scanning electron microscopy, and micro-thermal-analysis/mass spectrometry.


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