Begin Date: Summer Session 1996
End Date: Spring Semester 1999
This major is a TAC of ABET-accredited program that may be taken either as a four-year baccalaureate program or in a "2+2" degree format. The latter allows graduates of associate degree programs in plastics engineering technology or related areas to gain greater breadth and depth of knowledge in plastics engineering technology.
Students receive extensive "hands-on" experience in the college's state-of-the-art processing laboratory, where they learn the fundamentals of operating equipment used in the plastics industry and gain an understanding of how the various mechanical, hydraulic, and electrical systems of processing machinery interact to form a plastic product. The curriculum encompasses all of the major processing methods but emphasizes injection molding. Students are encouraged to do original research and to publish in the areas of plastics processing, part design, and mold design. The curriculum includes applied mathematics, physics, inorganic and polymer chemistry, fundamental and advanced topics dealing with chemical and physical properties of plastics materials and their processing characteristics, and an in-depth look at part and mold design utilizing computer-aided technology. Quality control and technical communications are also included. The program is accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
Graduates are qualified for positions in plastics processing, part design, tooling design, plant engineering, production control, and technical sales in the plastics industry.
For the B.S. degree in Plastics Engineering Technology, a minimum of 133 credits is required. A student enrolled in this major must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course.
Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem:1-2)
GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(16 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 103 credits
(This includes 16 credits of General Education courses: 7 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)
PRESCRIBED COURSES (87 credits)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3), EG T 101(1), 102(1), 114(2), IE T 101(3), MCH T 111(3), PHYS 150 GN(3) (Sem. 1-2)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 014 GN(1), EG T 201(2), MCH T 213(3), PL ET 205(3), 206(3), 217(3), 234(4), 270(3), Q C 200(2) (Sem. 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem. 3-6)
CHMBD 202 (3), METBD 306(3), 317(3), MTHBD 210(4), 211(4), PL ET 340(3), 350(4), 366(4), 370(3) (Sem. 5-6)
PL ET 494A(3) (Sem. 5-8)
PL ET 400W(3), 440(4) (Sem. 7-8)
SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 6 credits of technical electives from School-approved list (Sem. 7-8)
 A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44
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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.
Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1996
Blue Sheet Item #: 24-04-037
Review Date: 6/8/99 (General Education Update)