Undergraduate Program in Macromolecular Science


Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree with a major in 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.E. 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.E. 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.



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 Fall 2015  Fall 2016  Fall 2017







   66             68                75          75








Graduation Data











2013-14 2014-15  2015-16 2016-17











  12             13           28         21

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree program with a major in Polymer Science and Engineering is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org

For more information, please contact:

Professor David Schiraldi (das44@case.edu)
Undergraduate Committee Chair

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