Master's program

Polymer Science and Engineering

The Master of Science in Molecular Engineering degree with a specialization in Polymer Science and Engineering is designed to prepare students to enter diverse fields in the polymer and soft material sciences. A sophisticated understanding of the molecular-level interactions and structure is required to work with polymers and ultimately provides the opportunity to predict and control material behaviors at the macroscale.

Students in this molecular engineering track will study the chemistry, physics, thermophysical properties, modeling and processing of polymers, as well as other classes of soft materials including liquid crystals and colloids. Applications of polymers and soft matter in lightweight composites, smart or responsive materials, bioinspired and biomedical materials, advanced lithography, and energy-related materials will be examined.

This master’s option may be of particular interest for students interested in careers in the materials, polymers, chemicals, packaging and coatings, consumer products, biomedical and pharmaceutical, or energy industries.

(Choose 3)

  • Math Methods for Molecular Engineering (MENG 31100) – A
  • *Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (MENG 31200) – A
  • **Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300) – W

* Undergraduate Molecular Engineering Thermodynamics (MENG 21400) – S. Available by petition as a possible substitution for students entering without strong thermodynamics background.
** Undergraduate Molecular Transport Phenomena I (MENG 21500) – A. Available by petition as a possible substitution for students entering without strong transport background.

(Choose 4)

  • Introduction to Polymer Science (MENG 35100) – A
  • Polymer Synthesis (MENG 35110) – W
  • Polymer Physics (MENG 35120) – S
  • Soft Matter Characterization (MENG 35130) – W

(Choose 2)*

  • Biological Materials (MENG 33100) – A
  • Molecular Science and Engineering of Water (MENG 35300) – A
  • Solids, Materials, Surfaces (MENG 35200) – A
  • Nanomedicine (MENG 33150) – W
  • Synthetic Biology (MENG 33500) – W
  • Materials and Characterization Tools to Address Challenges in Energy and Water (MENG 35330) – W
  • Classical Molecular and Materials Modeling (MENG 35500) – W
  • Functional Polymers for Electronics, Photonics, and Energy Technology (MENG 35140) – S
  • Energy Storage and Conversion Devices (MENG 35310) – S
  • Quantum Molecular and Materials Modeling (MENG 35510) – S
  • Biodiagnostics and Biosensors (MENG 33140) – S

*Other appropriate courses may be acceptable by petition.

(Choose 1)*

  • Computers, Minds, Intelligence and Data (HIPS 25205, HUMA 25205, MAAD 14205) – A
  • Introduction to Ethics (HIPS 21000, PHIL 21000, FNDL 23107) – W
  • Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity (BOOTH 34101) – A, W, S
  • New Venture Strategy (BOOTH 34102) – A, W, S
  • Building the New Venture (BOOTH 34103) – A
  • Commercializing Innovation: Tools to Research and Analyze Private Enterprises (BOOTH 34106) – A, S
  • Innovation Leadership (BOOTH 34108) – W
  • Entrepreneurial Discovery (BOOTH 34705) – A
  • Lab to Launch (BOOTH 34709) – W
  • New Products and Services (BOOTH 37200) – W
  • Lab in Developing New Products and Services (BOOTH 37201) – W
  • Technology Strategy (BOOTH 39101) – A

*Other appropriate courses may be acceptable by petition.

Autumn Quarter
  • Math Methods for Molecular Engineering (MENG 32000)
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (MENG 33000)
  • Introduction to Polymer Science (MENG 32510)
Winter Quarter
  • Polymer Synthesis (MENG 32520)
  • Soft Matter Characterization (MENG 35130)
  • Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300)
  • Humanities/Business (Elective)
Spring Quarter
  • Polymer Physics (MENG 32500)
  • Functional Polymers for Electronics, Photonics, and Energy Technology (MENG 35140)
  • Energy Storage and Conversion Devices (MENG 35310)
Autumn Quarter
  • Math Methods for Molecular Engineering (MENG 32000)
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (MENG 33000)
  • Introduction to Polymer Science (MENG 32510)
  • Biological Materials (MENG 33100)
Winter Quarter
  • Polymer Synthesis (MENG 32520)
  • Soft Matter Characterization Laboratory (MENG 35130)
  • Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300)
Spring Quarter
  • Polymer Physics (MENG 32500)
  • Biodiagnostics and Biosensors (MENG 33140)
  • Humanities and Business (Elective)
Autumn Quarter
  • Math Methods for Molecular Engineering (MENG 32000)
  • Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics (MENG 33000)
  • Introduction to Polymer Science (MENG 32510)
Winter Quarter
  • Polymer Synthesis (MENG 32520)
  • Soft Matter Characterization (MENG 35130)
  • Transport Phenomena (MENG 31300)
  • Classical Molecular and Materials Modeling (MENG 35500)
Spring Quarter
  • Polymer Physics (MENG 32500)
  • Quantum Molecular and Materials Modeling (MENG 35510)
  • Humanities and Business (Elective)