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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Plastics Engineering Technology

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (PLTBD)

This major prepares graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to provide high level engineering technology support to a wide variety of industrial, developmental, commercial, consulting, and sales organizations dealing with the development, manufacture and/or distribution of plastics related products, materials and technologies. The program emphasizes the integration of engineering and scientific principles, practical hands-on experience, application of state-of-the-art computer technologies, and management methods.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
To be eligible for entrance to the Plastics Engineering Technology major, a student must have: 1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade-point average; 2) completed MATH 081 or MATH 026, and MATH 082 or MATH 022, and MATH 083 or MATH 140, and PHYS 250, and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

Graduates are qualified for positions in product development, part design, tooling design, R&D, processing, plant engineering, production control, technical sales and marketing in the plastics industry, and are provided a path to a wide variety of graduate degrees in engineering, science or business.

The four-year baccalaureate program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org. Graduates of the Penn State University associate degree program in Mechanical Engineering Technology may complete this degree in five semesters of full-time study.

For the B.S. degree in Plastics Engineering Technology, a minimum of 134 credits is required. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 1 credit

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 106 credits
(This includes 18 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (82 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], EG T 120(3), EG T 121(3), PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], PL ET 050(2)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
MCH T 111(3)[1], MCH T 213(3)[1], PL ET 205(3)[1], PL ET 206W(3)[1], PL ET 222(4)[1], PL ET 227(4)[1], PL ET 232(3)[1], PL ET 235(2)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3)[1], MATH 211 GQ(3), MET 418(3)[1], MGMT 409(3)[1], PL ET 304(3)[1], PL ET 323(3)[1], PL ET 330(4)[1], PL ET 345(2)[1], PL ET 350(4)[1], PL ET 366(3)[1], PL ET 494A(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
PL ET 425(2)[1], PL ET 477(2)[1], PL ET 481(3)[1](Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
MATH 026 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 081 GQ(3)[1], MATH 022 GQ(3)[1] or MATH 082 GQ(3)[1], MATH 083 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 210 GQ(3)[1] and two credits of GN electives; or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], 2 credits of GN electives, and 5 credits of general electives (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select a total of 9 credits of technical electives from School-approved list. (Sem: 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-03-006

Review Date: 11/19/2013

UCA Revision #1: 8/9/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/30/07

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