Academic Catalog

Polymer Engineering

Master of Science in Polymer Engineering  

The major emphases of the graduate program in polymer engineering are in polymer processing, engineering performance and structural and rheological characterization of polymers.

Students in Polymer Engineering will earn the degree of Master of Science in Polymer Engineering. Requirements for the degree are as follows:

  • Complete courses as developed in a plan of study approved by the student’s advisor and the department chair.
  • A minimum of 30 credits of graduate coursework must be earned.
  • A total of 24 credit hours of lecture courses and 6 credit hours of research must be completed.

Polymer Engineering Core - 12 credits

  • 9841:611 Fundamentals of Polymer Structure Characterization (3 credits)
  • 9841:621 Rheology of Polymer Fluids (3 credits)
  • 9841:641 Polymer Chem & Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • 9841:650 Introduction to Polymer Engineering (3 credits)

Polymer Engineering 600-level Electives - 6 credits

  • 9841:601 Seminar in Polymer Engineering (1 credit)
  • 9841:622 Analysis & Design of Polymer Processing Operations I (3 credits)
  • 9841:623 Analysis & Design of Polymer Processing Operations II (3 credits)
  • 9841:631 Engineering Properties of Solid Polymers (2 credits)
  • 9841:651 Polymer Engineering Laboratory (3 credits)
  • 9841:661 Polymerization Reactor Engineering (3 credits)
  • 9841:675 Carbon-Polymer Nanotechnology (3 credits)
  • 9841:680 Polymer Coatings (3 credits)

Technical Electives - 6 credits

  • 4300:681 Advanced Engineering Materials (3 credits)
  • 4600:622 Continuum Mechanics (3 credits)
  • 9871:613 Polymer Science Laboratory (3 credits)
  • 9871:674 Polymer Characterization (2 credits)
  • 9841:666 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • 9841:797 Advanced Topics in Polymer Engineering (2-3 credits)

Thesis - 6 credits

Thesis and Oral Defense                                                                                     

Each candidate must pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.

Submit the written master’s thesis to the Graduate School by the required deadlines.