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.


Professional Master’s Program Degree Map

MSChE – Polymer Science and Engineering - 12-month Track

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all graduate-level coursework
  • Students must complete at least 15 credits of coursework with a CHE prefix
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to graduate

Degree Requirements

30 credits required for graduation:

  • 6 Credits of Core ChE Course:
    • (3) CHE 69700 – Statistical Methods in Chemical Engineering OR CHE 53000 – Engineering Math
    • (3) CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Elective Courses
  • 9 Credits of Management/Business Courses from the following:
    • (3) CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt
    • (3) CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects
    • (3) MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I
    • (3) MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management
  • 6 Credits of ChE Capstone Project

Degree Map Example

Fall Semester (12 credits)

___ (3) CHE 53000 – Engineering Math

___ (3) CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt

___ (3) Concentration Elective Course (chosen from the list below)

___ (3) Concentration Elective Course (chosen from the list below)

Spring Semester (12 credits)

___ (3) CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena

___ (3) CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects

___ (3) MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I OR (3) MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management

___ (3) Concentration Elective Course (chosen from the list below)

Summer Semester (6 Credits)

___ (6) CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project


Potential Concentration Elective Courses:

___ (3) CHE 52100 – Principles of Tissue Engineering
___ (3) CHE 52300 – Engr Appl of Biol Molecules
___ (3) CHE 54300 – Polymer Reaction Engr & Reactor Analy
___ (3) CHE 54400 – Struct & Phys Behavior of Polymer Sys
___ (3) CHE 56400 – Organic Elect.  Materials & Devices
___ (3) CHE 59700 – Industrial Chemical Technology
___ (3) CHE 59700 – Intro to Nanoscale Science & Eng
___ (3) CHE 59700 - Medical Devices and Applications
___ (3) CHE 59700 – Sustainable Chemical Engineering
___ (3) CHE 66800 – Colloidal & Interfacial Phenomena
___ (3) MSE 52500 – Struct-Prop Relations of Eng Polymers
___ (3) MSE 54800 – Deposition Process of Thin Films/Coatings
___ (3) MSE 56700 – Polymer Synthesis

Professional Master’s Program Degree Map

MSChE – Polymer Science and Engineering – 16-month Track

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all undergraduate and graduate-level coursework
  • Students must complete at least 15 credits of coursework with a CHE prefix
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher to graduate

Degree Requirements

41 credits required for graduation

  • 11 credits of pre-requisite courses:
    • (4) CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations
    • (3) CHE 30600 – Separations Processes
    • (4) CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering
  • 6 Credits of Core ChE Course:
    • (3) CHE 53000 – Engineering Math
    • (3) CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena
  • 9 Credits of Concentration Selective Courses
  • 9 Credits of Management/Business Courses from the following:
    • (3) CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt
    • (3) CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects
    • (3) MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I
    • (3) MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management
  • 6 Credits of ChE Capstone Project

Degree Map Example

Fall Semester 1 (10 credits)

___ (4) CHE 20500 – Chemical Engineering Calculations

___ (3) CHE 53000 – Engineering Math

___ (3) Concentration Selective Course (from the list below)

Spring Semester 1 (13-16 credits)

___ (3) CHE 30600 – Separations Processes

___ (4) CHE 34800 – Reaction Engineering

___ (3) CHE 54000 – Transport Phenomena

___ (3) CHE 59700 – Financial Analysis & Management of Projects

___ (3) MGMT 65000 – Strategic Management I OR (3) MGMT 66000 – Intro to Operations Management

Summer Semester 1 (6 Credits)

___ (6) CHE 59700 – Prof. MS Capstone Project

Fall Semester 2 (9 Credits)

___ (3) CHE 59700 – Engineering Applications in Marketing Mgmt

___ (3) Concentration Selective Course (from the list below)

___ (3) Concentration Selective Course (from the list below)


Potential Concentration Elective Courses:

___ (3) CHE 52100 – Principles of Tissue Engineering
___ (3) CHE 52300 – Engr Appl of Biol Molecules
___ (3) CHE 54300 – Polymer Reaction Engr & Reactor Analy
___ (3) CHE 54400 – Struct & Phys Behavior of Polymer Sys
___ (3) CHE 56400 – Organic Elect.  Materials & Devices
___ (3) CHE 59700 – Industrial Chemical Technology
___ (3) CHE 59700 – Intro to Nanoscale Science & Eng
___ (3) CHE 59700 - Medical Devices and Applications
___ (3) CHE 59700 – Sustainable Chemical Engineering
___ (3) CHE 66800 – Colloidal & Interfacial Phenomena
___ (3) MSE 52500 – Struct-Prop Relations of Eng Polymers
___ (3) MSE 54800 – Deposition Process of Thin Films/Coatings
___ (3) MSE 56700 – Polymer Synthesis

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