What is Materials Science and Why Should You Study it?

Published : Thursday, November 17, 2016 | 12:21 PM

Materials Science is recognized as one of the most promising career opportunities for engineers and scientists today. It provides a natural preparation for further education and careers in science, medicine, law and business.

What’s materials science? You could call it the study of stuff! Just about everything you use every day – the shoes you wear, the dishes you eat from, the CDs you listen to, the bike or skateboard you ride – it’s all made of different kinds of stuff. It’s crucial to understand how that stuff is put together, how it can be used, how it can be changed and made better to do even more amazing things – even creating completely new kinds of stuff. That’s what materials science is all about.

There are now about 300,000 different known materials (if you named one every second, it would take you more than three whole days and nights just to get through the list!) And as materials scientists create and combine materials in new ways, the number’s almost infinite. You can now learn more about them at Bosco Tech.

The Tech’s Materials Science, Engineering and Technology (MSET) program involves all the processes that turn natural resources into useful products impacting all facets of our lives. It examines all classes of materials; metals, ceramics, polymers and electronic materials and applies basic principles of chemistry and physics in order to understand the structure of the materials and how that structure determines its properties. Size is no limit; Bosco Tech MSET students explore nanotechnology as well as work in labs studying failure analysis of components as large as jumbo jets.

Freshman Year – Explore the basics of material processing; including casting, welding, ceramics, electronic soldering and bonding.

Sophomore Year – Verify the qualities of engineering materials by applying variety of destructive (mechanical) and non-destructive testing techniques.

Junior Year – Expand the understanding of the chemistry & properties of non-metallic and the relationships between crystal structures & properties of metallic materials.

Senior Year – Analyze unknown compounds by applying forensic chemistry and use the scanning electron microscope and other high-tech equipment to determine why components sometimes fail. Study the small world of nanotechnology.

Bosco Tech is located at 1151 San Gabriel Boulevard. Call (626) 940-2000 or visit them online at www.boscotech.edu.

 

 

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