Degree: Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Major: Polymer Science and Engineering
Polymers—or macromolecules—are the long molecular chains that provide the building blocks for all the matter in the world that isn’t metal or ceramic. And when it comes to studying them, the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering at Case Western Reserve defines the field.
Not only were we the first school in the country to offer an ABET-accredited Bachelor of Science program in polymer science, we were the first to establish a stand-alone department dedicated to the subject in 1963.
An undergraduate degree in polymer science will prepare you for a career in any number of industries—from aerospace to biomedical to packaging and more—or to take your education further with an advanced degree. Nearly three-quarters of our graduates pursue advanced degrees, and not just in engineering, but in medicine, business and law as well.
Our two-track program allows you to focus on either traditional polymer engineering or biomaterials. The traditional track provides you a versatile background in all things polymers.
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. In fact, our biomaterials track puts you within three courses of obtaining a minor in biomedical engineering. (You can review specific course requirements for a minor in biomedical engineering in the university’s General Bulletin.)