Polymer Specialty

The Polymer Specialty Certificate is designed to provide a strong interdisciplinary educational program for undergraduate/graduate engineering and suitably prepared science students interested in pursuing a polymer career. The certificate will also reduce training time required to turn Texas A&M students into productive members of the industrial workforce. This program is the first of its kind offered in the State of Texas. No schools in the State of Texas offer a formal polymer curriculum, despite the significant role the polymer industry plays in the state's economy.

The Polymer Specialty Certificate consists of (4) three-hour courses for a total of 12 credit hours. Students can choose from the following list of required courses: AERO 406, AERO 606, BMEN 482/682, CHEN 451, CHEN 641, MEEN 455, MEEN 458, MEEN 607, MEEN 635, CHEM 466. In addition, the remaining six hours are to be selected from a list of approved courses of which three hours can be substituted with an approved individual research experience. Completion of the certificate will be recorded on the student's University transcript.

Guideline

Students should complete and submit certificate application to the Polymer Technology Center (228A Mechanical Engineering Office Building) prior to registering for any of the certificate courses.

Requirements

  • Be in good academic standing within major department.
  • Obtain a "C" or better in each course taken towards certificate program.
  • Achieve an overall GPR of 3.0 in approved certificate program coursework.
  • Meet all requirements for admission to upper division in the student's major department.
  • Submit completed certificate worksheet to the Polymer Technology Center (228A Mechanical Engineering Office Building) upon registering for final course(s) to complete certificate requirements.
  • It is recommended that students take 6 hours of coursework above what is required for their degree program.
  • Consult with an academic advisor prior to submitting application for the certificate.

Course Requirement Summary

CreditCourse
3 AERO 406 - Polymer Nanocomposites and Their Applications
3 AERO 606 - Multifunctional Materials
3 BMEN 482/682 - Polymeric Biomaterials
3 CHEN 451 - Intro to Polymer Engineering
3 CHEN 641 - Polymer Engineering
3 CHEM 466 - Polymer Chemistry
3 MEEN 455 - Engineering with Plastics
3 MEEN 458 - Processing & Characterization of Polymers
3 MEEN 607 - Polymer Physical Properties
3 MEEN 635 - Flow and Fracture of Polymeric Solids

Approved Additional Courses

  • MEEN 451 Viscoelastic Solids (Credit - 3)
  • MEEN 471 Elements of Composite Materials (Credit - 3)
  • MEEN 606 Polymer Laboratories (Credit - 3)
  • BMEN 683 Polymeric Biomaterial Synthesis (Credit - 3)
  • MEEN 657 Viscoelasticity of Solids and Structure (Credit - 3)
  • CHEN 642 Colloidal & Interfacial (Credit - 3)
  • *AERO 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *BAEN 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *BMEN 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *CHEM 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *CHEN 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *ECEN 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *MEEN 485 or 491 Individual Research (Credit - 3)
  • *AERO 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *BAEN 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *BMEN 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *CHEM 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *CHEN 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *ECEN 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *MEEN 489 or 689 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *AERO 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *BAEN 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *BMEN 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *CHEM 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *CHEN 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *ECEN 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)
  • *MEEN 685 Polymer Related Research (Credit - 3)

*Up to 3 hours of credit can be substituted with research emphasizing polymers (provided polymer coursework has been initiated). Research must be approved by the Director of the Polymer Technology Center.

Certificate Courses Accepted by Major

  • Some or all courses may be accepted as technical electives with approval from the respective department.
  • The Civil Engineering Department will accept these courses as technical elective for some majors.
  • The Aerospace Engineering Department will accept 485/491 courses towards degree plans if they are honors as well as ENGR 281 & 381. Students can petition for a 400-level or 600-level course in AERO or another department to count for an AERO technical elective.
  • The Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department has one three-hour technical elective and one three-hour engineering elective which could be fulfilled by appropriate courses used toward a certificate program.
  • The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has several 400 level courses which could be used as technical electives for ELEN. Each is reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution - Most any upper level (3xx or 4xx) engineering courses could be accepted as a technical elective.  Students should submit a written request explaining why and how it applies to the program.

Certificate Application and Worksheet

For more information

Isabel Cantu
Polymer Technology Center
228A Mechanical Engineering Office Building
3123 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-3123

Email:   icantu@tamu.edu
Phone: (979) 458.0918
Fax:     (979) 845.3081