Polymer Science and Engineering

The Polymer Science and Engineering program addresses a critical gap that exists currently in emerging materials-based and polymers-based industrial and academic sites. This is of critical import as greater than 300 million metric tons of plastics are produced annually across the globe. Thus, training the next generation of scientists and engineers to design, synthesis, and process polymeric materials in a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly manner will allow this industry to continue to positively impact nearly every human on the planet on a daily basis. In particular, the curriculum of the program allows for students with both engineering and chemistry backgrounds to use their undergraduate skill set in a manner that will allow for the rapid expansion of their technical abilities and marketable to potential employers. The courses available in this program are designed to approach the study of polymer science and engineering in a holistic way. That is, the students in the program will take courses on the synthesis of macromolecules, the physics of polymers, and the processing and manufacturing of end-use products. In this way, students are able to examine all parts of the polymer production life-cycle in order to equip them to be leaders in the global polymer market. When this is coupled with the management courses that are common to the Chemical Engineering Professional M.S. program, this training prepares students to enter, and quickly manage, the organizations that manufacture the plastics that are critical to society on a daily basis.


Degree Requirements:

  • Minimum of 30 Credits Total
  • 6 Credits of Core Chemical Engineering Courses:
    • CHE 69700 Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
    • CHE 54000 - Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses:
    • chosen from list below
  • 9 Credits of Management Courses (choose 3 of the following):
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
  • 6 Credits of a Directed Capstone Project

Concentration Elective Curriculum:

CHE 54400 – Struct & Phys Behavior of Polymer Sys
CHE 59700 – Organic Electronic Materials & Devices
CHE 59700 – Engr Appl of Biol Molecules
CHE 59700 – Intro to Nanoscale Science & Eng
CHE 59700 – Principles of Tissue Engineering
CHE 66800 – Colloidal & Interfacial Phenomena
MSE 52500 – Struct-Prop Relations of Eng Polymers
MSE 56700 – Polymer Synthesis

Sample Plan of Study

Students with a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
Spring Semester (12 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
  • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
  • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
  • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Students without a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering

Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations (4 credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Engineering Math (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • CHE 597 Engineering Applications in Marketing Management (3 credits)
Spring Semester (13 credits)
  • CHE 30600 – Separations Processes (3 credits)
  • CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering (4 credits)
  • CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena (3 credits)
  • Choose one from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects (3 credits)
    • MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I (3 credits)
    • MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management (3 credits)
Summer Semester (6 Credits)
  • CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project (6 credits)

Fall Semester 2 (12 Credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Concentration Selective Course (from the list above) (3 credits)
  • Choose two from the following:
    • CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt (3 credits)
    • Concentration Selective Course (3 credits)
    • Management Selective Course (in consultation with advisor) (3 credits)

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