Plastics Engineering Technology, B.S.

Program Code: PLTBC_BS

Entrance to Major

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 81 or MATH 26, and MATH 82 or MATH 22, and MATH 83 or MATH 140, and PHYS 250, and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering Technology, a minimum of 134 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 1
Requirements for the Major 106

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GWS courses.

Per Senate Policy 83.80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of coursework in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level course in the major field.

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
EGT 120Introduction to Graphics and Solid Modeling3
EGT 121Applied Solid Modeling3
MATH 211Intermediate Calculus and Differential Equations with Applications Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
MET 111Mechanics for Technology: Statics3
MET 213Strength and Properties of Materials3
MET 418Finite Element Analysis for Plastics Design3
MGMT 409Project Management for Engineers3
PHYS 250Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course4
PLET 50Computer Applications for Plastics Engineering Technology2
PLET 205Introduction to Plastics3
PLET 206WPlastic Materials and Properties3
PLET 222Introduction to Plastics Processing4
PLET 227Plastics Processing & Statistical Methods4
PLET 232Introduction to Part and Tool Design3
PLET 235Tool Design & Machining2
PLET 304Plastic Material Properties and Applications3
PLET 323Packaging Processes3
PLET 330Advanced Tooling & Rheology4
PLET 345Heat Transfer2
PLET 350Design of Plastic Parts4
PLET 366Fluid and Thermal Sciences3
PLET 425Automation for Plastics Processes2
PLET 477Novel and Emerging Technologies2
PLET 481Plastic Product Development3
PLET 494APlastics Projects3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits of one of the following sequences:15
Sequence A
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Mathematics II Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Mathematics I Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Calculus Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus with Engineering Technology Applications Keystone/General Education Course
Select 2 credits of GN electives
Sequence B
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Select 2 credits of GN electives
Select 5 credits of general electives
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select a total of 9 credits of technical electives from School-approved list9

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Jonathan Meckley
Program Chair, Associate Professor
213N Burke
Erie, PA 16563

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Plastics Engineering Technology, B.S. at Erie Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
EGT 1203CHEM 110*†3
ENGL 15 or 30H‡†3CHEM 111*†1
MATH 81*‡#†3EGT 1213
PLET 50*2MATH 82*‡#†3
PSU 71PHYS 250*#†4
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 16.5 17
Second Year
CAS 100‡†3MATH 210*3
MATH 83*#†4MET 213*3
MET 111*3PLET 206W*13
PLET 205*3PLET 227*4
PLET 222*4PLET 232*3
 PLET 235*2
 17 18
Third Year
MATH 2113ENGL 202C*‡†3
MGMT 409*3MET 418*3
PLET 304*3PLET 323*3
PLET 330*4PLET 345*2
PLET 366*3PLET 350*4
 PLET 494A*1
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 17.5
Fourth Year
PLET 425*2PLET 494A*1
PLET 477*2SCM 301*3
PLET 481*3Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3
PLET 494A*1General Education Course3
Technical Elective (300, 400-level)*3General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GN)2 
 16 16
Total Credits 134

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Program Note:

  • Permissible Math substitutions: MATH 26 instead of MATH 81, MATH 22 instead of MATH 82, MATH 140 instead of MATH 83.

Career Paths

Penn State Behrend’s B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology is the only plastics-specific undergraduate degree in the Penn State system and one of only six accredited programs in the United States. Because plastics are everywhere, plastics engineering technologists find employment in any industry sector that interests them. Automotive, aerospace, medical, electronics, computer, toy, and consumer products manufacturers frequently recruit Behrend graduates for positions in product development, part design, tooling design, processing, project engineering, production control, technical sales, and research.


Employers of recent B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology graduates include Apple, General Motors, Graham Packaging, Graco, Microsoft, Nike, Philips Healthcare, Rubbermaid, and Tesla.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Students who hold a degree in Plastics Engineering Technology pursue master’s and doctoral degrees in plastics engineering, polymer science, materials science, medical plastics, and elastomeric materials. Or, you can use a master’s degree program to learn management skills; Penn State Behrend offers a Master of Manufacturing Management (M.M.M.) degree program for aspiring organizational leaders.


Professional Resources


The B.S. in Plastics Engineering Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental accrediting agency for programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology and recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ABET accreditation is voluntary and provides assurance that a college or university program meets the quality standards of the profession for which that program prepares graduates. The School of Engineering at Penn State Behrend consistently places in the Top 50 in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of the nation’s undergraduate engineering programs.


Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.



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5101 Jordan Road
Erie, PA 16563