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Polymer Science & Engineering

Polymer Science and Engineering is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the structure and processing of polymeric materials and how these relate to properties and performance.

What does a Polymer Scientist and Engineer Do?

Polymer Scientists and Engineers deal with the design, development, and application of polymeric materials.  Polymers play a key role in our current society, and innovations and improvements in polymer science and engineering lead to new technologies such as new and improved aerospace composites, optoelectonic materials, and energy generation and storage devices, among others.


Coursework in multiple STEM disciplines such as mathematics, chemistry, and physics prepares students to engage in the fundamental understanding and practice of polymer science and engineering. Through upper-level courses such as polymer processing, polymer composites engineering, engineering thermodynamics, and a senior engineering design experience, the program prepares students to achieve the following program educational objectives:

  • Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in polymer industries or related fields;
  • Build capability to work effectively in multidisciplinary team settings to achieve organization objectives;
  • Contribute to societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner; and
  • Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of advanced degrees, and individual professional development.

Degree Options

The Polymer Science and Engineering degree is designed to be a four year, 128 credit hour degree program. For information regarding transfer into the program or other questions, please contact the School of Polymer Science and Engineering.

More about this Major


The Bachelors of Science degree program in Polymer Science and Engineering is designed to meet the requirements set forth by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Each student completing the degree will demonstrate mastery of the following competencies as established by ABET:

a. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;

b. Ability design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;

c. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;

d. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;

e. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

f. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;

g. Ability to communicate effectively;

h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;

i. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;

j. Knowledge of contemporary issues;

k. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Two-thirds of graduating seniors participated in paid summer internships during the summer of 2018.
Polymer science and engineering graduates have been placed in graduate schools including Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago or professional employment positions at companies such as Georgia Pacific, Lockheed Martin, and Valspar.

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