Adamson University, the country's first Engineering University to offer the program, Ceramic Engineering, was founded in 1932. In 1934, technical courses and the school and the school for industrial chemistry were added. The Ceramics Technology was part of the initial courses by the then Adamson School of Industrial chemistry and engineering. In 1941, the school was granted the university status and became Adamson University. In 1970, the government approved the offering of the four- year program in the Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. In 1983, the program was fully upgraded to a five–year program under the management of the Vincentian Fathers.
In 1968, the management authorized the creation of the Mining, Geology, and Ceramics Department under the College of Engineering to handle the interrelated courses, namely; Mining Engineering, Geology and Ceramics Engineering. It is designed to serve as the Center of the Quality Education for the advancement, dissemination, and application of knowledge in Mining Engineering, Geosciences, and Ceramic Engineering, and to respond to the call for integral evangelization. Specifically, it aims to provide quality education responsive to local and local demands of competitiveness.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering is a five-year course that aims to provide students with an extensive training in various aspects of specialization in Mining Engineering. Such training encompasses the different phases of the production of Mineral Resources; Prospecting and Exploration, Principles and Metallurgical Analysis, Mine Planning and Design, Mine Development and Production, Mine Economics, Underground and Surface Mining, Mine Ventilation, Mine Maintenance Technology and Management, Mine Safety, Environmental, Mine Surveying and the Mining Laws & Ethics;
It also includes conducting researches and studies in both the basic and applied aspects of the Mining and Mineral Processing Operations, develops consciousness on the role of Mining Engineers in the optimum extraction, utilization, conservation, protection, and management of the earth's natural resources.
The program also allows the students to choose elective subjects to enhance knowledge in specific areas. Fieldwork is given emphasis and the students are required to take the Mine and Mill Practice for two summer months in local Mining site, at the end of the training, an activity report is submitted as proof of the student's ability to prepare a technical report regarding Mining operations The program also allows the students to choose elective subjects to enhance knowledge in specific areas.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Geology is a five-year course that aims to provide students with a comprehensive training in various fields of Geology such as History of the Earth, Identification, Classification and Designation of various Rocks and Fossils Formations. Emphasis is given to the study of the Earth's Deformation such as Folds, Faults and Joints, Mineral Exploration and Development, Economic Geology, Petroleum Exploration, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Peleontology, Hydrogeology, Engineering Geology, and Environmental Geology.
Geologic Mappings are essential components of this course. It includes conducting researches and studies of the Earth Sciences, developing a consciousness on the role of the Earth Scientist in the conservation, protection, and management of the Earth's natural resources and other factors that contribute to improving the quality of life on Earth.
The program allows the students to choose Geology electives to enhance knowledge in specific areas. Fieldwork is given emphasis and the students are required to take a Field Geology Practice for two summer months in any of the local Geological exploration companies. Geologic field mapping using the high technological Geographical Information System (GIS) is given emphasis as proof of the student's ability to conduct an independent Geological investigation.
Reading Materials, Journals, and Magazines
The University Library maintains continues subscription of Various Ceramic Books, journals, and magazines, such as The American Ceramic Journal, Bulletin Abstract, Ceramic Industry Magazine, etc.
The Department also maintains a mini-library equipped with computer facilities with Internet access capability. There is also a sizeable library collection of Mining and Geology Books, periodicals, and other references to supplement the collections of the University's Main Library.
The degree of Bachelor of Science in Ceramics Engineering is a five-year course that aims to provide students with an extensive training in Ceramics Engineering as foundation for:
Careers in the various fields of Ceramics Engineering such as Porcelain and Fine Ceramics, Structural and Refractory Clay Products, Glass, Enamel and Cement, Environmental and Industrial Wastes Management, Quality Control;
Conducts researches and studies in both the basic and applied aspects of the Ceramics Material and Manufacturing Operations; and
Develops consciousness on the role of Ceramic Engineers in the optimum utilization and management of the earth natural resources, and other factors that contribute to improving the quality of life on earth.
The 2000 undergraduate curriculum includes 81 credit units of professional and allied subjects in Ceramic Engineering, such as Ceramic Crystal Chemistry, Ceramic Raw Materials, Unit Operation, Unit Processes, Refractories, Glazes, Whitewares, Enamels, Cement and Plaster, Glass Technology, Advanced Ceramics, Quality Control, Industrial Waste Management, Ceramic Metals, Structural Clay Products, Ceramic Engineering, Testing Ceramic Products, Properties of Ceramic Products, Computer-Aided Analysis of Ceramic System, Ceramic Engineering Design, Kin Operations, Principles of Geology, and Mineralogy.
The curriculum also includes 26 units of Mathematics, 38 units of Natural/Physical Sciences, 4 units of basic Engineering Sciences including Research Subject, 42 units of Non-Technical Subjects including Languages, Social Sciences and General Education, and 26 other units as miscellaneous.
The program also allows the students to choose elective subjects to enhance knowledge in specific areas. Industry visits and summer job training (practicum) are given emphases for the students to appreciate their classroom learning. Students are required to perform Thesis work in their chosen field of specialization prior to their completion of the course.
The Department has utilized personalized and small group training in air-conditioned modularized classrooms using overhead projector, multimedia projector, and computers as part of the instructional media. The students are trained to conduct researches through the use of Internet and handle class presentations.
The Mining, Geology, and Ceramics Laboratory has upgraded its facilities through the financial and technical assistance of the Engineering Science and Education Program (ESEP) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
An air-conditioned Material Testing Laboratory equipped with new and highly testing equipment and precise analytical apparatus has been installed such as: Infrared Moisture Meter, Automatic Sieve Shaker, Digital Weighing Scale, Pugmill with Extruder, Labo Mill, Clay Mixer, Jiggering Machine, Potter’s Wheel, Perioic Kiln, Dryer and Shuttle Furnace.
Reading Materials, Journals, and Magazines
The University Library maintains continues subscription of Various Ceramic Books, journals and magazines, such as The American Ceramic Journal, Bulletin Abstract, Ceramic Industry Magazine, etc.
The Department also maintains a mini-library equipped with computer facilities with Internet access capability. There is also a sizeable library collection of Mining and Geology Books, periodicals and other references to supplement the collections of the University's Main Library.
The program seeks to encourage and train the students in research undertaking through a joint university-industry project. The main thrusts of the Department is to produce research output, have it published and presented in an international and local forum.
Summer Job Trainings and Educational Tours
To augment the students’ classroom training and development appreciation of the program, the Department has collaborated with various testing institutions and ceramic companies for the two-month summer on-the-job training program and on-semester plant tour.
Industry Linkages and International Membership
American Ceramic Society, USA