Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
Earning a Minor can have a Major Impact on Your Future
There are many ways to shape your journey at The University of Akron. As you pursue a major, adding a minor can be a perfect way to complement your undergraduate work and open up new possibilities for your future.
The Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was designed to help you obtain a highly attractive specialization in an exciting and trending field where career opportunities are growing fast.
By pursuing this minor, you will get a chance to study and work in the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s world-class teaching and research environment. Upon completion, you will end up with a distinguishing credential that can launch your career forward after college by connecting you to a vibrant, thriving polymer industry that is a central part of the economy in Northeast Ohio and the broader U.S.
Details about the Minor
A Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering provides a broad foundation in the synthesis, characterization, processing and design of polymers. Polymers are large molecules (i.e. macromolecules) that are ubiquitous in the world, ranging from plastics and rubber to protein and DNA.
- 6 courses (18 credits)
- 3 courses form the core curriculum
- Practical experience through a laboratory course or real-world research project
- 2 upper level elective courses in polymer science or polymer engineering
- Designed to provide students with a broad foundation in polymer science and polymer engineering
- Designed so that students can complete the minor by taking 1 course per semester
- A student entering with no previous college credit is expected to begin the minor in the first semester of their sophomore year—after they have completed the initial math and chemistry pre-requisites.
- Program Guide for the Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering [PDF]
- This document includes more information about the Minor, a detailed curriculum guide with course descriptions, and information about the Ohio polymer industry and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
A Minor that Complements Your Major
The Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is a great fit for any STEM major seeking to complement their primary major with an in-depth knowledge of polymer science and polymer engineering—including those majoring in: engineering, natural sciences or math.
Whether you are looking to gain more knowledge, skills, and expertise that can open up career opportunities in an emerging market, or searching for a way to add more breadth and coherence to your undergraduate major, the Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering could be the perfect choice for you.
The Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering prepares students for careers in the polymer industry, whose products include plastics, rubber, adhesives, composites, paints and fibers. Polymers are used across a range of industries, including aerospace, consumer products, textiles, electronics, energy, building and construction and health care. Polymers are also central to emerging industries including additive manufacturing, organic electronics and renewable energy.