Originally Posted by Nabby
Hopefully this is the right subsection to ask in, but I was just wondering, to you lurkers of the sound science section that are actually..sound scientists how did you get into the field? Did you just take a BS in Audio Technology/Production in college? And if anyone here builds speakers/drivers/components for a living what courses did you take? Just wondering
Sound Science is a really exciting career choice. However, I'm not sure if you really meant Science (as doing research..) or did you mean career as working in audio related field (Product development, sound engineer,..). Either way, the course "requirements" really depends on what you want to do. You mentioned speakers so I'm assuming you're interested in related area.
I did my MS and PhD. majoring in Acoustics and Audio Signal Processing. I worked as a researcher for nine years, and now I'm working for a company designing headphones and loudspeakers.
I can't even remember how many courses I've taken but I wish had spent more time on my math studies. Once you know math, all other engineering studies are so much easier. Mechanics, acoustics, electronics,... all come down to explaining different phenomena with some sort of equations, and if you are comfortable with math then following the courses is much more fun and also it's so much easier to understand how thing work.
To understand how speaker works you have to know electronics, mechanics and acoustics. Furthermore, there is quite often some one listening to the loudspeaker, so basic understanding on sound perception is a good thing too.
If you want to work in product development or doing research then you should be able to model your systems. Traditionally acoustic systems have been modeled with electronic analogous circuits, so understanding basic electronics is a must. Nowadays, more and more modeling is done with FEM-based tools, and this if something requires that you understand the physics and math behind the system you are modeling.
One good way to plan you studies is to look what courses other universities/colleges suggest for their students. You could see, e.g.,Acoustics, Video and Audio Engineering| University of Salford - A Greater Manchester UniversityTKK Akustiikka / TKK Acoustics Laboratoryhttps://ccrma.stanford.edu/
Especially Salford Uni has good web pages.
Good luck with your studies.