Degree Programs and Requirements - Ph.D., M.S., M.E.

Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering

For the Ph.D., the student must satisfactorily complete a qualifying exam administered by the Polymer Education Committee; satisfactorily complete graduate course work determined in consultation with the doctoral committee; pass a general examination administered by the Polymer Education committee; and defend to the satisfaction of the doctoral committee, a dissertation in the filed of polymer science and engineering. Students deficient in polymer science or related topics may be required by their committee to take remedial course work.

The doctoral committee consists of the research advisor, at least two other members of the center for polymer science and engineering, and at least one other outside person., The committee's composition is subject to approval by the Polymer Education Committee and the Graduate and Research Committee of the University.

For more information, please write to Professor Raymond Pearson, Director, Center for Polymer Science and Engineering or Professor James Roberts, Chairman, Polymer Education Committee.

M.S. in Polymer Science Engineering

For the M.S., the student's program must include: not less than 30 credits of graduate work; not less than 18 credits of 400-level course work, and not less than 18 hours than 18 hours of course work in the major, of which 15 must be at the 400-level. The program must include six course credits in the student's admitting department, six research credits, and thesis to the satisfaction of the faculty advisor, to be filed with the Polymer Education Committee.

ChE (Chem/Mat) 393 Physical Polymer Science (3)
ChE (Chem) 394 Organic Polymer Science (3)
ChE (Mat) 490 Thesis (1-6)

Three 400-level polymer courses to be selected from the following list (list may vary slightly from year to year):

ChE (Chem/Mat) 482 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers (3)
ChE (Chem) 483 Emulsion Polymers (3)
ChE (Chem/Mat) 485 Polymer Blends and Composites (3)
ME 485 Polymer Product Manufacturing (3)
MAT 486 Polymer Nanocomposites (3)
ChE 487 Polymer Interfaces (3)
ChE (Chem/Mat) 492 Topics in Polymer Science (3)

Courses in the admitting department must include one of the following:

ChE (Chem) 400 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3)
Chem (ChE) 455 Elements of Physical Chemistry (4)
Mat 401 Thermodynamics and Kinetics I (4)
ME 420 Advanced Thermodynamics
Phy 442 Statistical Mechanics

M.E. in Polymer Science and Engineering

The M.E. degree requires the same course work structure as the M.S. degree described above, however, instead of six hours of research credits leading to a thesis or research report, the student would take six hours of course work. The additional six hours of course work must include two additional 300 or 400 level polymer courses, or one polymer and one non-polymer home department course. Students also have the option to take 3 credits of ChE(Mat) 460 Engineering Project, however, approval from the program Director must be given to register for this course.

Learn more about the Distance Education program here.

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