Plastics Engineering

Plastics Electives

The Plastics Engineering Department offers electives that have a technical focus, a materials focus, or a design focus. Please use the links below to see what courses satisfy the requirements for each.

Technical Electives

Materials Electives

Design Electives

Technical Electives

During the senior year, Plastics Engineering students are required to take a "Technical" Elective. Students can select a course from the course list below. Some courses are available only when there is sufficient demand. Students may also take an upper level technical course offered by another College of Engineering Department if it is approved by the Plastics Engineering Chairperson or Executive Officer. The Technical Elective is waived for students enrolled in the Co-op Program who have successfully completed both 26.310 Co-op Assessment I and 26.410 Co-op Assessment II. Plastics Engineering students doing a Minor in Business Administration should take either 26.507, 26.540, 26.590 or 22.576 for their technical elective.

  • 26.409 Senior Research in Plastics I (3 credits)      
  • 26.502 New Plastics Processing Techniques (3 credits) 
  • 26.504 Mechanical Behavior of Polymers II (3 credits) 
  • 26.505 Polymer Structure II (3 credits) 
  • 26.507 Plastics Industry Organization (3 credits)
  • 26.509 Plastics Processing Theory I (3 credits)  
  • 25.510 Plastics Processing Theory II (3 credits)  
  • 26.511 Polymer Blends and Multiphase Systems (3 credits)  
  • 26.512 Porous Polymers (3 credits)  
  • 26.513 New Plastics Materials (3 credits)  
  • 26.514 Statistics for Six Sigma (3 credits)
  • 26.515 Lean Plastics Manufacturing (3 credits)
  • 26.523 Screw Design Principles (3 credits)
  • 26.524 Process Analysis, Instrumentation, and Control (3 credits)   
  • 26.526 Nanoscale Plastics Processing (3 credits)    
  • 26.531 Design of Automated Assembly Systems (3 credits)  
  • 26.532 Adhesives and Adhesion (3 credits)  
  • 26.533 Coatings Science and Technology I (3 credits) 
  • 26.534 Coatings Science and Technology  II (3 credits)  
  • 26.535 Rubber Technology (3 credits)  
  • 26.536 Rheology of Coatings (3 credits)  
  • 26.537 Business Law for Engineers (3 credits)  
  • 26.540 Commercial Development of Plastics (3 credits)  
  • 26.541 Computer Applications in Plastics (3 credits)  
  • 26.542 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering (3 credits)  
  • 26.545 Additives for Polymer Materials (3 credits)  
  • 26.546 Mixing in Plastics Processing (3 credits)  
  • 26.547 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability (3 credits)  
  • 26.548 Analytical and Numerical Methods in Plastics Processing (3 credits)  
  • 26.549 Product Design for Elastomers (3 credits)  
  • 26.550 Processing with Elastomers (3 credits)
  • 26.551 Extrusion Die Design (3 credits)  
  • 26.552 Machine Design (3 credits)  
  • 26.553 Medical Device Design I (3 credits)  
  • 26.554 Medical Device Design II (3 credits)  
  • 26.559 Elements of Packaging (3 credits)
  • 26.565 Thermosets (3 credits)
  • 26.566 Polymer Material Systems Selection (3 credits)  
  • 26.567 Dynamic Mechanical Properties I (3 credits)  
  • 26.568 Dynamic Mechanical Properties II (3 credits)  
  • 26.575 Biomaterials I (3 credits) 
  • 26.576 Advanced Mold Design (3 credits) 
  • 26.579 Problems in Biomaterials Directed Studies (3 credits)  
  • 26.585 Computer Aided Engineering I (3 credits)  
  • 26.586 Computer Aided Engineering II (3 credits)   
  • 26.588 Injection Molding (3 credits)
  • 26.589 Polymer Nanocomposites (3 credits)
  • 26.590 Survey of Intellectual Property (3 credits)  
  • 26.595 Thermoplastic Elastomers (3 credits)
  • 26.596 Plastics, Elastomers, and Additives from Renewable Resources (3 credits)  
  • 26.606 Plastics Manufacturing Systems Engineering (3 credits)  
  • 26.607 Supply Chain Management (3 credits) 
  • 26.610 Plastics Industry Development (3 credits)
  • 26.618 Structural Product Design (3 credits)
  • 26.675 Biomaterials II (3 credits)
  • 22.576 Engineering Project Management (3 credits)

Materials Electives

Plastics Engineering students are also required to take a "Materials" Elective.   Students can select a course from the materials elective course list below. Some courses are available only when there is sufficient demand. Students can take an upper level design course offered by another College of Engineering Department (e.g. material science, composites….) if it is approved by the Plastics Engineering Chairperson or Executive Officer.

  • 26.511 Polymer Blends (3 credits) 
  • 26.512 Porous Polymers (3 credits) 
  • 26.513 New Plastics Materials (3 credits) 
  • 26.516 Composite Materials (3 credits) 
  • 26.532 Adhesives and Adhesion (3 credits) 
  • 26.533 Coatings Science and Technology I (3 credits) 
  • 26.535 Rubber Technology (3 credits) 
  • 26.540 Commercial Development of Plastics (3 credits) 
  • 26.542 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering (3 credits)
  • 26.544 Advanced Plastics Materials (3 credits) 
  • 26.545 Additives for Polymer Materials (3 credits)
  • 26.547 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability (3 credits)
  • 26.559 Elements of Packaging (3 credits) 
  • 26.565 Thermosets (3 credits) 
  • 26.566 Polymer Materials Systems Solution (3 credits) 
  • 26.575 Biomaterials I (3 credits) 
  • 26.579 Problems in Biomaterials Directed Studies (3 credits)
  • 26.589 Polymer Nanocomposites (3 credits)
  • 26.595 Thermoplastic Elastomers (3 credits) 
  • 26.596 Plastics, Elastomers, and Additives from Renewable Resources (3 credits)
  • 26.610 Plastics Industry Development (3 credits)  
  • 26.675 Biomaterials II (3 credits)

Design Electives

Plastics Engineering students are also required to take a "Design" Elective.   Students can select a course from the design elective course list below. Some courses are available only when there is sufficient demand. Students can take an upper level design course offered by another College of Engineering Department if it is approved by the Plastics Engineering Chairperson or Executive Officer. Plastics Engineering students doing a Minor in Business Administration should take 26.537 for their design elective.

  • 26.515 Lean Plastics Manufacturing (3 credits) 
  • 26.523 Screw Design Principles (3 credits)  
  • 26.531 Design of Automated Assembly Systems (3 credits) 
  • 26.537 Business Law for Engineers (3 credits)  
  • 26.541 Computer Applications in Plastics (3 credits) 
  • 26.549 Product Design for Elastomers (3 credits) 
  • 26.551 Extrusion Die Design (3 credits) 
  • 26.552 Machine Design (3 credits)
  • 26.553 Medical Device Design I (3 credits)
  • 26.554 Medical Device Design II (3 credits)  
  • 26.576 Advanced Mold Design (3 credits)  
  • 26.585 Computer Aided Engineering I (3 credits)  
  • 26.586 Computer Aided Engineering II (3 credits)
  • 26.618 Structural Product Design (3 credits)