the Professional School Program of the School of Engineering.

Formal courses in polymers are offered as follows:

Introduction to Polymer Physics

Introduction to Polymer Chemistry

Physical Chemistry of Solid Polymers

Physical Chemistry of Polymer Solutions

Organic Chemistry of High Polymers

Physical Properties of Polymers I and II

Polymerization Kinetics

Molecular Characterization of Polymers

Polymer Rheology

Polymer Science Laboratory


Special Topics in Polymer Chemistry

The introductory courses are open to undergraduate and graduate students and are prerequisite for enrollment in the advanced courses. In addition to these courses, doctoral candidates in the polymer program frequently elect courses in the thermodynamics, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry, fluid mechanics, solid-state physics, x-ray diffraction and crystallography, rheological mechanics, applied mathematics, chemical reaction engineering, and fracture.

c. University No. 48 Name:

Polymer Science and Engineering

(Total Ph.D.’s so far_______)


The program offers a Ph.D. degree with thesis and two master’s degrees, with and without thesis. The degree without thesis involves 30 credits of course work. Normally, a baccalaureate degree in physics, chemistry, or engineering is required to enter directly the advanced degree program. Course scheduling is arranged to accommodate regular full-time graduate students as well as industrial employees who wish to matriculate in the evening. A series of four core courses are required for all M.S. candidates. They are recommended for all Ph.D. candidates, who will generally build upon the material presented in these courses in preparation for passing the Cumulative Examination requirement. The core courses are as follows:



501 Introduction to Polymer Sci.

3 credits


502 Polymer Sci, Lab.


Polymer Science:

PSE 793

Organic Polymerization Reactions


PSE 794

Physical Chem. of High Polymers


Polymer Engineering:

PSE 795



PSE 796

Polymer Processing


The overall Ph.D. curriculum, not including thesis, might be comprised of the following course credits:

Core courses (17) + PSE and technical electives (12) + seminar (4) + research proposal (2) = 36. For example, specific sample Ph.D. programs could be the

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