Undergraduate Program

About the Program

Mines’ Metallurgical and Materials Engineering department offers two undergraduate programs: 1) Metallurgical & Materials Engineering and 2) Ceramic Engineering. The programs provide students with a fundamental knowledge of the processing, properties, selection, and application of structural and functional materials. Metallurgical, materials, and ceramic engineers have a hand in every manufacturing industry. We educate engineers who are on the leading edge of modern technology, constantly developing new materials for numerous applications including in electronics, aerospace, transportation, biomedical, and energy.

The student outcomes for both programs have been designed in parallel with ABET assessment and with close feedback from industry. Our graduates complete a Bachelor of Science degree then pursue careers in industry or enroll in graduate programs to expand their knowledge and research on materials and ceramics. For more detailed information on the programs, see both the right-side column and below, and for ceramic engineering specifically, please contact the department directly.

Additional Information


The Metallurgy and Materials Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org, under the General Criteria and the Materials, Metallurgical, Ceramics and Similarly Named Engineering Programs.

The accreditation status for the MME program and all other Mines programs can be found on the Mines accreditation 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:

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

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

The enrollment and graduation data for the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering program and other Mines programs can be found on the website of the Office of Institutional Research.

CSM Material Advantage Chapter (CSMMAC)

Material Advantage Chapter at Mines

Material Advantage (MA) is a student-centric professional organization.  The organization was formed by ASM-Intl, the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST), the American Ceramics Society (ACerS), and the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).  A student membership to MA gets you a membership to all four societies.  Our local chapter is named the Colorado School of Mines Material Advantage Chapter (CSMMAC pronounced C-smack).  All materials focused students are welcome to participate. Our chapter has a technical program that invites academics, and scientists and engineers from national labs and industry to present to at our meetings.  We have several speakers every semester.  We also have an extensive outreach effort on campus and in the front range at schools and other organizations.  We attend two national/international conferences during the academic year and we visit Washington D.C. to meet with our representatives in Congress. We fund travel for active members.  We can always use more members, especially those interested in participating and contributing to our activities.

Our chapter has won Most Outstanding Chapter four of the past seven years.  There is only one chapter selected as Most Outstanding of 95 chapters nationally and internationally.  In the past seven years, our chapter has won a Chapter of Excellence award the three years that we did not win Most Outstanding.  We are the current Materials Bowl champions, and we have won this competition six of the twelve times that it has been held.  No other school has won the competition more than twice.

President: Scott Dahl

Vice President: Jack Burnham

Treasurer: Grace Cantrell

Secretary: Micah Sweezey


Outreach Chairs: Ryan McGinnis, Kelsey Ferro and Jack Dorsey


Social Chairs: Aidan Rosprim, Kathleen Mah

Social Media Chair: Greg Carney

Sophomore Class Rep: CJ Brown

Junior Class Rep: Jack Dorsey

Senior Class Rep: Andrew Smith



Prospective Student FAQ

 I’m a prospective student visiting campus, can I meet in person with someone in the department? 

We are happy to meet with prospective students and with enough advance notice we are usually able to accommodate visits during normal business hours. To set up an appointment, please email Stacey Lucero at srlucero@mines.edu. If you plan to attend Mines’ general info session and campus tour (and/or housing tour), please set those up first through the admissions office, and indicate in your email to the MME department the dates and times you will have available. Department meetings are 30-45 minutes.

I am a prospective transfer student – Can you tell me how my transfer credits will be evaluated?

The Mines Registrar’s Office will make the final determinations regarding how your transfer credits will transfer. Since the MME department is not directly involved in this decision-making process, we cannot conduct a transfer credit evaluation for you, but the transfer specialist in the Mines’ admissions office is happy to help students who would like a pre-evaluation or have related questions on how their credits will transfer.  Additional information can be found on their website https://www.mines.edu/registrar/transfer-students/

Once you know how your transfer credits will be treated, our Assistant Department Head, Dr. Gerald Bourne will be happy to meet with you to help you understand where you will start in the MME curriculum and estimate how long the degree will take. Contact bourne@mines.edu to make an appointment.

How will my AP/IB credits be treated?

The Registrar’s Office oversees the evaluation of AP/IB/concurrent enrollment credits. Please see the following website for a chart of AP/IB scores and what they will count for at Mines:  https://www.mines.edu/registrar/ap-credit/

More FAQs coming soon! 

For further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us

Current Student FAQ

I am a current student who needs advising assistance, where should I go?  

You can make an advising appointment with the MME student services administrator by emailing Stacey Lucero at srlucero@mines.edu. If you are not yet declared into the major, you are encouraged to additionally see your assigned CASA advisor for assistance. Students who are declared may also contact their assigned faculty advisor (see your Trailhead account to locate their name).  The student service administrator is typically best to see if you have personal concerns and general advising questions.  Your faculty advisor is usually best if you have questions that require in-depth content expertise in metallurgical and materials engineering (e.g., why a particular prerequisite is important for a course, if it is better to take a course (e.g., process engineering) as a junior or a senior, what will be covered in specific course, what electives might be a good option to pursue if you have certain interests, etc.).

More FAQs coming soon! 

For further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us