Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering


A minor in polymer science and polymer engineering provides a broad foundation in the synthesis, characterization, processing and design of polymers. Polymers are large molecules (i.e. macromolecules) that are ubiquitous in the world, ranging from plastics and rubber to proteins and DNA.

This minor is suitable for any STEM major, including engineering, natural sciences, or math seeking to complement their primary major with in-depth knowledge of polymer science and polymer engineering.

A three-course core curriculum builds a broad foundation in polymer science and polymer engineering, complemented by real-world research experience or laboratory course, and two upper level courses specializing in polymers to provide depth in the field.

Professional Preparation

Specialized preparation for graduate study in STEM majors or beginning a career in the vibrant, thriving polymer industry central to both the Northeast Ohio and the broader U.S. economy.

Akron Advantage

Enduring Legacy

Formally established in 1988, the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering’s tradition as a leader in polymer science and polymer engineering began as early as 1909 when rubber chemistry was taught at the University. Establishing the Ph.D. program in Polymer Chemistry in 1964, the Department of Polymer Science in 1967, and the Department of Polymer Engineering in 1984, the college continues to focus on polymer innovations and applications of research in science, technology, engineering and medicine today.

In 2020, the College of Engineering and Polymer Science was formed, and the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering was renamed to the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering.

Hands-on Research

All of the faculty in the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering are active in research in areas of polymer synthesis, processing, measurement and modeling to address world needs in security, information, energy, defense, health and natural resources.

The combination of state-of-the-art facilities, one-of-a-kind talent in numerous disciplines, and a critical mass of expertise sets The University of Akron apart from other polymer programs worldwide.

Research facilities include:

  • Polymer Modeling and Visualization Center
  • Additive Manufacturing Laboratory
  • Microscopy Center
  • TOSOH Polymer Chromatography Laboratory
  • Spectroscopy, Surface and Optical Analysis Facility
  • National Polymer Innovation and Polymer Processing Center
  • Rheology and Thermal Analysis Lab

Real World Advantage

In addition to research opportunities in faculty members’ laboratories, there are opportunities for internship and summer research opportunities for undergraduates.

Student Organization

American Chemical Society Polymer Chemistry/Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Student Chapter.

Sample Curriculum

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