Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

This minor is a 6 course/18 credit program that provides students a broad foundation in polymer science and polymer engineering:

  • Three course core curriculum
  • Practical experience through lab class or research project
  • Two upper level electives in polymer science or polymer engineering

Majors:
The minor is suitable for any STEM major including engineering, natural sciences or math seeking to complement their primary major with in-depth knowledge of polymer science and polymer engineering.

Program Timeline:
This minor is designed to be completed by taking one course per semester. For a student entering with no previous college credit it is expected they will begin the minor in the first semester of their sophomore year after they have completed the initial math and chemistry pre-requisites.

Why should you get a minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering?
This minor offers students the opportunity to capitalize on the world-class teaching and research environment in College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to obtain a distinguishing credential for launching their career in the vibrant, thriving polymer industry central to both the Northeast Ohio and the broader U.S. economy.

CURRICULUM GUIDE

Core Curriculum (All Courses Required)

9821:201 Introduction to Polymer Science 3 credits
9821:202 Introduction to Polymer Engineering 3 credits
9821:301 Polymer Materials Science and Engineering 3 credits

Laboratory Experience (3 credits – choose one course1)

9841:451 Polymer Engineering Laboratory 3 credits
9841:497 Honors Project 3 credits
9841:498/598 Research Problems in Polymer Engineering 1-3 credits
9841:499 Polymer Engineering Design Project 3 credits
9871:405 Polymer Science Laboratory 3 credits
9871:497 Honors Project in Polymer Science 1-3 credits
9871:499 Research Problems in Polymer Science 1-3 credits

1. 9841:498/9871:497/9871:499 May be taken multiple semesters to satisfy 3 credit requirement


Elective Courses (6 credits – choose two courses2)

9841:422 Polymer Processing 3 credits
9841:450 Properties of Solid Polymers 3 credits
9871-403 Polymer Chemistry 3 credits
9871:404 Polymer Physics 3 credits

2. Elective courses in other departments (e.g. Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Physics may be taken as elective courses with permission of the Dean of the College Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering)


9821:201 Introduction to Polymer Science - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 3450:221 Analytical Geometry/Calculus I AND 3150:151 Principles of Chemistry I
Introduction to the field of polymer science including molecular weight distributions, polymerization, chain statistics, polymer mixtures, rubber elasticity, polymer glasses, semi-crystalline polymers and viscoelasticity.

9821:202 Introduction to Polymer Engineering - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: Pre-requisites: 3450:222 Analytical Geometry/Calculus II AND 3650:291 Elementary Classical Physics I Lecture & Lab
Introduction to the field of polymer engineering including classification of polymer materials, mechanical properties, fundamentals of polymer melt flow, polymer processing operations, and compounding.

9821:301 Polymer Materials Science and Engineering - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 3450-223 Analytical Geometry – Calculus III
Co-requisites: 3150-313 Physical Chemistry I OR 4600-300 Thermodynamics
Introduction to the materials science and engineering of polymers. Topics covered are the phase behavior and morphology of polymer solutions and blends, glassy polymers, polymer crystallization, materials characterization, and multi-component polymer materials.

9841:451 Polymer Engineering Laboratory - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 9821:202 Introduction to Polymer Engineering OR 4200:408 Polymer Engineering
Laboratory course on polymer engineering. Topics covered include thermal, mechanical, and chemical analysis of polymeric materials as well as design of experiments.

9841:497 Honors Project - 3 credits
Pre-requisite: Senior standing in the Honors Program
Individual creative project in mechanical polymer engineering, supervised by faculty member of the department.

9841:498/598 Research Problems in Polymer Engineering - 1-3 credits
Pre-requisites: Permission of Department Chair of Polymer Engineering
Provides students an opportunity to perform research on contemporary topics in polymer engineering with the guidance of polymer engineering faculty members. The students develop skills in conducting laboratory research and analysis, writing and presentation of research results.

9841:499 Polymer Engineering Design Project - 3 credits
Co-requisite: 4600:400 or permission of instructor
Analysis and design of mechanical polymer systems.

9871:405 Polymer Science Laboratory - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 9821:301 Polymer Materials Science and Engineering OR 4200:408 Polymer Engineering OR 9871:403 Polymer Chemistry
Laboratory course covering the synthesis and characterization of polymers.

9871:497 Honors Project in Polymer Science - 1-3 credits
Pre-requisites: Sophomore, junior or senior standing in Honors College and permission of honors preceptor in the home department.
Independent research leading to completion of honors thesis under guidance of project adviser. May be repeated for a total of 10 credits.

9871:499 Research Problems in Polymer Science - 1-3 credits
Pre-requisites: Permission of Department Chair of Polymer Science
Faculty-supervised undergraduate research problems in polymer science, culminating in a written report.

9841:422 Polymer Processing - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 4600:310 Fluid Mechanics AND 4600:315 Heat Transfer OR 4200:321 Transport Phenomena AND 4200:351 Fluid & Thermal Operations
This is an undergraduate course on the processing of polymers. Topics covered are polymer rheology and specific types of processing operations including compounding, extrusion, injection molding, thermoforming, and additive manufacturing.

9841:450 Properties of Solid Polymers - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 9821:301 Polymer Materials Science and Engineering OR 4300:202 Mechanics of Solids OR 4200:408 Polymer Engineering
Mechanical behavior of solid polymers including elastic and plastic deformation, viscoelasticity, fatigue and failure.

9871-403 Polymer Chemistry - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 3150:263 Organic Chemistry Lecture I AND 3150:313 Physical Chemistry Lecture I
Provides the fundamental bases for understanding and comprehending the basic principles associated with the synthesis of polymers using a number of traditional and contemporary polymerization techniques with an emphasis on the mechanisms, kinetics, stereochemistry and resulting properties of polymers.

9871:404 Polymer Physics - 3 credits
Pre-requisites: 9801:301 Polymer Materials Science and Engineering OR 4200:408 Polymer Engineering OR 3450-223 Analytical Geometry - Calculus III AND 3150-313 Physical Chemistry I
Advanced overview of polymer physics including scaling theories, chain dynamics, statistical mechanics of elasticity, the physics of glassy polymers and crystallization kinetics.

QUICK FACTS

College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering

  • Teaching polymers since 1908
  • 31 faculty across all fields of science and engineering
  • $19.7 million in research funding from July 2015 to April 2017
  • 77% of our alumni are working in the United States
  • Alumni include industrially: 26 company presidents, 31 CEOs, 9 CTOs, 5 founders, 32 VPs and 98 directors and academically: 96 University and College professors

Ohio Polymer Industry*

  • Ohio is the #1 producer of both plastic and rubber products, according to the U.S. Census Bureau with $5.49 billion products produced and >$50 billion contributed to Ohio’s GDP by the polymer industry
  • Over 81,000 skilled employees constitute Ohio’s polymer workforce
  • $61,400 is the average annual salary for resins and synthetic rubber industry
  • 104 investments have been announced by 97 Ohio polymer companies, totaling in $663 million with 4,600 new jobs expected

*Source: Polymer Ohio, https://polymerohio.org/resources/polymer-facts-stats/, accessed 7/2/2017.

CONTACT US

If you have questions or would like more information about this program, please contact us at 330-972-7500 or MPSPE@uakron.edu.