About the Department

The Kent Hale Smith Building, home of the Department of Macromolecular Science


Macromolecular scientists and engineers develop the newest polymeric materials, which are changing the face of our society. Polymers are the key components of plastics and fibers, packaging materials, coatings, adhesives, and sealants. New generations of functional polymers are enabling revolutionary advances in electronic and photonic sensors and devices, fuel cells and batteries, and bioprosthetic and drug delivery devices.

The Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering offers an accredited undergraduate program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Polymer Science and Engineering. At the graduate level, we offer a Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy.

Our students receive unique training participating in groundbreaking research encompassing the synthesis, processing, theoretical and computer modeling and structure-property relationships of polymeric materials, as well as the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research. This experience gives our graduates a wide spectrum of career opportunities in the chemical and biomaterials based industries, in government, and in academia.

The depth and diversity of faculty experience in polymer research, including synthesis, physical characterization, structure-property relationships, theoretical modeling, polymer processing, and materials development balanced with the new, state-of-the-art facilities provides a catalyst for graduates and undergraduates to excel in today's global challenge to push forward the frontiers of polymer science and engineering.

Approximately 70 percent of all graduates in the chemical sciences are employed in some aspect of polymer production, demand for polymer scientists and engineers provides superb job opportunities. The graduates of our program find attractive jobs in large and small companies, governmental institutions, and the nation's prime universities and colleges.