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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 School 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.

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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 School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering
  • Declare the Minor in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering [PDF]
    • This application form (982100M) is to be completed and signed so you can officially declare the Minor.
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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.

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Career Opportunities

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.

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Career Outlook

  • Ohio is the #1 producer of both plastic and rubber products, according to the U.S. Census Bureau based on employment. Also the $5.49 billion of plastics and rubber products produced in Ohio ranks first in the nation according to the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. >$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,, accessed 1/27/2020.