Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

Course Description

In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you research, test, and formulate biomaterials, nanomaterials, and other advanced materials for a wide range of materials science applications. Then you will have the opportunity to explore materials science directly by looking at a specific engineering challenge: the design and theoretical testing of a long-lasting, cost-effective, and structurally sound bridge component.

By the end of this course, you will have:
• Investigated how atoms are assembled into materials and how that atomic assembly changes for metals, ceramics, polymers, and composites.
• Discovered how material properties (such as strength) change by creating imperfections in atomic bonding.
• Identified when one might use metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, or other advanced materials for specific applications.
• Applied your understanding of materials science and engineering to design and build a cost effective yet structurally sound bridge element.

This course is intended to introduce you to the field of materials science and to engineering thinking more broadly, and will help you make decisions about future study in engineering.


Students who have completed Algebra 1 are best prepared to participate in this course. AP chemistry is not needed as this is an introductory level course, but some exposure to chemistry would be beneficial.


One Section Available to Choose From:

Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.

Dates: June 27, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Duration: 3 Weeks
Meeting Times: Online - Asynchronous
Status: Closed
Format: Online
Instructor(s): Karen Haberstroh
Course Number: 10227