Undergraduate Program in Macromolecular Science

 

B.S. Degree in Engineering (major field: Polymer Science and Engineering)

Our mission is to educate students who will excel and lead in the development of polymeric materials and the application of structure-property relationships. The department seeks to prepare students for either professional employment or advanced education, primarily in this or related science or engineering disciplines, but also in professional schools of business, law or medicine. Undergraduate students are provided with opportunities for significant research experience, capitalizing on the strength of our graduate program.

There continues to be a strong demand for our students, because many businesses benefit from their knowledge of chemistry, processing, structure and property relationships.

In addition, about three quarters of our students have continued with graduate and professional studies, after completion of the B.S. degree. We provide our students with exposure to polymer product development and design, while grounding them in fundamental chemical, physical and engineering principles. This is accomplished with the following outline of courses, technical elective sequences, and departmental research opportunities.

More than half of the faculty have worked in industry and can illustrate practical applications in the classroom.

“Two “tracks,” differing in emphasis, are presently available:

1)  Polymer Science and Engineering Track (standard): Explore degree requirements and course descriptions in our General Bulletin. 

2)  Biomaterials Track (new): The recent growth in the area of Biomaterials is driven by a series of breakthroughs in chemistry, physics and engineering, combined with advances in molecular biology. The Biomaterials Track is designed to equip a polymer student with the necessary background in chemistry, biology, and medicine, for future work in the emerging biomaterials and biotech areas. The interdisciplinary nature of the Engineering degree (major field: Polymer Science and Engineering) has lead to the majority of our students continuing with graduate and medical studies, after completion of the B.S. degree and makes them very competitive in industrial jobs, including those in the biotech arena.  This is accomplished via the following outline of courses, technical elective sequences, and departmental research opportunities, which also fulfills the majority of the requirements for the MCAT exam. 129 hrs are required for graduation. (Note: A biomedical engineering minor can be obtained with an additional three courses: see the biomedical engineering degree offerings.Explore degree requirements and course descriptions in our General Bulletin. 

Explore our program educational objectives and outcomes now. 

 

Polymer Science Minor

Students also have an opportunity to minor in Polymer Science. Learn more in our General Bulletin.

 

Co-op Programs

The department assists with job placement. Our students and graduates have been able to make significant individual contributions in industry. Moreover, they value the opportunity to work together with industrial scientists in high performance research teams and to apply their knowledge and training. Visit the Co-Op program website for more information.

 

Electives of Interest for Polymer Science Majors:

Biomedical Engineering 

EBME 201/202, Physiology and Biophysics
EMAC 303, Introduction to Biomedical Materials 

Chemical Engineering 

ECHE 260, Introduction to Chemical Systems
ECHE 361, Separation Processes
ECHE 364, Chemical Reaction Processes
ECHE 370, Transport Phenomena I
ECHE 371, Transport Phenomena II 

Materials Science and Engineering 

EMSE 101, Introduction to Materials Science
EMSE 202, Phase Diagrams and Phase Transformation
EMSE 303, Mechanical Behavior of Materials

Computer Science and Engineering 

ECMP 315, Computer Design I
ECMP 332, Assembly Language Programming
ECMP 352, Numerical Methods II 

Management 

PLCY 200, The Legal Environment of Management
ORBH 301, Undergraduate seminar in Management
MKMR 390, Seminar in Marketing Management

Pre-med 

BIO 110 and 111
EBME 201/202, Physiology and Biophysics I and II
EMAC 473, Biopolymers

For more information about the Polymer Science major, please contact

Professor David Schiraldi 
Undergraduate Committee Chair

 

Annual Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

Student Enrollment

Fall 2008

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall  2012

 Fall 2013

Fall  2014

21 20 19 31 32 43 66

Graduation Data

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
1 5 5 3 6 7 8 6 7 8 12

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For more information, please contact:

Professor LaShanda Korley
Undergraduate Committee Chair

or visit the university's undergraduate admissions site to learn more about engineering at Case Western Reserve and how to apply.