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Entrance to Major
To be eligible for entrance to the Polymer Engineering and Science major, a student must have:
For the Bachelor of Science degree in Polymer and Engineering Science, a minimum of 130 credits is required:
|Requirements for the Major||112-113|
27 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GWS courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 3 credits of GS courses, 9 credits of GN 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.
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 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
- 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.
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
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|CAS 100||Effective Speech||3|
|CHEM 110||Chemical Principles I||3|
|CHEM 111||Experimental Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 112||Chemical Principles II||3|
|CHEM 113||Experimental Chemistry II||1|
|CHEM 210||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CMPSC 200||Programming for Engineers with MATLAB||3|
|EDSGN 100S||Introduction to Engineering Design||3|
|EMCH 213||Strength of Materials||3|
|EMCH 315||Mechanical Response of Engineering Materials||2|
|ENGL 15||Rhetoric and Composition||3|
|ENGL 202C||Effective Writing: Technical Writing||3|
|IE 424||Process Quality Engineering||3|
|MATH 140||Calculus With Analytic Geometry I||4|
|MATH 141||Calculus with Analytic Geometry II||4|
|MATH 231||Calculus of Several Variables||2|
|MATH 251||Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations||4|
|MATSE 202||Introduction to Polymer Materials||3|
|MATSE 445||Thermodynamics, Microstructure, and Characterization of Polymers||3|
|MATSE 447||Rheology and Processing of Polymers||3|
|PES 213||Polymer Chemistry Lab||2|
|PES 305||Fluids/Heat Transfer||3|
|PES 320||Polymer Sustainability||3|
|PES 323||Rheology Lab||2|
|PES 340||Polymer Characterization||2|
|PES 341||Polymer Characterization Lab||1|
|PES 351||Polymer Processing Lab||1|
|PES 365||Processing for Polymer Product Performance||3|
|PES 440||Failure Analysis and Characterization||3|
|PES 441||Failure Analysis Lab||1|
|PES 460||Polymer Formulation for Processing and Design||3|
|PHYS 211||General Physics: Mechanics||4|
|PHYS 212||General Physics: Electricity and Magnetism||4|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|ECON 102||Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy||3|
|or ECON 104||Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas|
|Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better|
|Students majoring in Polymer Engineering and Science must complete a total of 12 credits (4 courses) of 400-level PES technical electives from the approved list. (Except where noted, courses taken to satisfy General Education requirements may not be used to satisfy PES technical elective requirements.)||12|
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.
Gregory Dillon, Ph.D.
Chair, Polymer Engineering, and Science and Professor of Engineering
213B Burke Center
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).
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.
|EDSGN 100S*†||3||CHEM 112*†||3|
|CHEM 110*#†||3||CHEM 113*†||1|
|CHEM 111*†||1||MATH 141*#†||4|
|MATH 140*#†||4||PHYS 211*#†||4|
|ECON 102 or 104*||3||CMPSC 200*‡†||3|
|ENGL 15*‡†||3||General Education Course (GA/GH/GS)||3|
|CHEM 210*†||3||MATSE 202*†||3|
|PHYS 212*†||4||IE 424*†||3|
|MATH 251*†||4||MATH 231*†||2|
|CAS 100*‡†||3||MATH 220*‡†||2|
|General Education Course (GA/GH/GS)||3||EMCH 211*†||3|
|EMCH 213*†||3||MATSE 447*†||3|
|MATSE 445*†||3||PES 351*†||1|
|PES 365*†||3||PES 305*†||3|
|PES 340*†||2||PES 323*†||2|
|PES 341*†||1||EMCH 315*†||2|
|PES 320*†||3||PES 446W*†||1|
|General Education Course (GA/GH/GS)||3|
|PES 460*†||3||PES 448W*†||1|
|PES 440*†||3||Technical Elective(s)||3|
|PES 441*†||1||Technical Elective(s)||3|
|PES 447W*†||1||General Education Course (GA/GH/GS)||3|
|Technical Elective(s)||3||General Education Course (GA/GH/GS)||3|
|Total Credits 130|
Course requires a grade of C or better for the major
Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education
Course is an Entrance to Major requirement
Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement
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.
The global polymers market is growing—and so is the demand for polymer engineers and scientists. Polymers are needed in a broad variety of industries, including medicine, manufacturing, and sustainability.
Polymer Engineering and Science graduates work in a variety of industries. With a B.S. degree, they can work as polymer engineers, polymer scientists, process engineers, quality engineers, manufacturing engineers, product failure analysts, material engineers, and polymer test specialists. They are employed at organizations like GM, GE, Avient, Boeing, Shell, Abbott Laboratories, and the U.S. Department of Energy.
Opportunities for Graduate Studies
With the hands-on research experiences you'll get while pursuing Penn State Behrend's B.S. in Polymer Engineering and Science, you'll be well-prepared for future academic pursuits. You'll build your resume, work alongside of established engineers solving real-world problems, and set yourself apart from your peers, leaving you ready to pursue an advanced degree.