The Department of Building Materials and Materials Science is one of the fundamental specialized educational departments of the university. The main challenges of the department are to teach students basic material science disciplines and research in the field of obtaining new building materials and improving the properties of existing ones.
The Department of Building Materials and Materials Science was founded in 1933. Since then, the department consisted of leading experts in building materials as a subject in Russia. During the Second World War, members of the department participated in construction of the defences and reconstruction of the war-ravaged cities. At the same time, the department developed methods of using concrete and brick rubble of demolished structures as aggregate for concrete. The theory and methods of winter concrete pouring provided the opportunity for year-round construction. Experts of the department took part in the development of materials and technologies and construction throughout Russia and across the world.
At present, the department holds classes in the disciplines "Building materials", "Modern building materials and systems", "Corrosion and protection methods of materials, products and structures" and general chemical disciplines for students of specialist, master and bachelor degrees.