Undergraduate Program

About the Program

The undergraduate program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering at Colorado School of Mines provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the processing, properties, selection, and application of structural and functional materials. Metallurgical and materials engineers have a hand in every manufacturing industry, and are on the leading edge of modern technology, constantly developing new materials for electronics, aerospace, transportation, biomedical, and energy applications.

The MME curriculum is organized to educate students in the fundamentals of materials (e.g., structure, thermodynamics, and properties) and their applications (e.g., processing, synthesis, and design).

MME majors have the option of pursuing one of four tracks:

  • Physical and Manufacturing Metallurgy
  • Ceramic and Electronic Materials
  • Physicochemical Processing of Materials
  • Biomaterials

Additional Information


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 Mines programs can be found on the Mines 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:

  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.

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.