Polymer Science, Minor

Program Code: PLMSC_UMNR

Program Description

The goal of the Polymer Science minor is to produce graduates who have a first-hand knowledge of the relationships between the synthesis, structure, properties, and processing of polymer materials. Students are required to take MATSE 443, MATSE 441; MATSE 445; MATSE 446; MATSE 447 which provide a broad overview of the subject, then select 3 credits chosen from a suite of courses that deal with polymer synthesis, microstructure and morphology, properties, and processing.

What is Polymer Science?

Polymer scientists investigate long-chain molecules, which include plastics, cellulose (found in trees and paper), DNA, and more. Polymers have unique chemical and physical properties; understanding these properties involves aspects of organic chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, contemporary physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You like investigating polymer materials at the micrometer and nanometer scales.
  • You enjoy combining a variety of physical and biological sciences to understand how organic molecules behave.
  • You are interested in pursuing a career in polymer materials design, or the process of designing polymer materials for specific applications.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 23

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CHEM 210Organic Chemistry I3
MATH 231Calculus of Several Variables2
MATSE 4433
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Analytical Biochemistry
Mechanics of Viscoelastic Materials
Rheology and Processing of Polymers
Polymeric Materials Laboratory--Synthesis
Research and Design Senior Project
Independent Studies
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Polymeric Materials I
Thermodynamics, Microstructure, and Characterization of Polymers
Mechanical and Electrical Properties of Polymers and Composities

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.


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225B Steidle Building
University Park, PA 16802