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The department offers graduate-level certificates in Nanotechnology and Polymer Science and Engineering. Certificate programs may be completed within or outside a degree program.

Certificate in Nanotechnology

This 12-credit certificate program enables students to gain a working knowledge of a broad range of instrumentation for solving nanotechnology problems. Credits earned toward a certificate may be accepted as part of a master’s or Ph.D. degree program in materials science and engineering.

Core courses:
Materials for Nanotechnology
Strategies for Nanocharacterization

Elective courses:
Thin Film Processing and Mechanical Behavior
Electron Microscopy and Microanalysis
Crystallography and Diffraction
Advanced Transmission Electron Microscopy
Advanced Scanning Electron Microscopy

Certificate in Polymer Science and Engineering

This 12-credit certificate program in polymer science and engineering is designed to meet the needs of working engineers and scientists who are seeking professional advancement in this growing field. The graduate certificate program is designed to accommodate technical professionals in the plastics and plastics-related industries to further enhance their knowledge of polymer science and engineering. This option complements (and also serves as an alternative to) the master's degree program in polymer science and engineering.

Core Courses:
Physical Polymer Science
Organic Polymer Science

Related graduate courses:
Composite Materials
Mechanics and Design of Composites
Engineering Project
Eng. Behaviors of Polymers
Emulsion Polymers
Polymer Product Manufacturing
Polymer Blends and Composites
Special Topics in Polymers

See the Office of Distance Education site for more information about the Polymer Science and Engineering certificate.

Non-Degree Status

Students who do not wish to enter a degree program may seek admission with non-degree status. These applicants may complete an abbreviated application form. This form is available from the Office of Graduate Studies, 19 Memorial Drive West, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015, (610) 758-6310. Non-degree students may take no more than 12 credit hours of graduate study at Lehigh. Any transcript or other record from the university will indicate the student status as non-degree. Any courses taken as a non-degree student may be used toward fulfilling the requirements of a degree program as long as they are part of that program.

To apply for non-degree admission, fill out the Non-Degree Graduate Student Application and return it to:

P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
Office of Graduate Studies
19 Memorial Drive West
Packard Lab
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3045

For more information about non-degree admission requirements through Lehigh's P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science, click here.