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

During the senior year, 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. As an alternative, students can take an upper level technical course offered by another College of Engineering Department if it is approved by the Plastics Engineering chairperson and the student's advisor. Plastics Engineering students doing a Minor in Business Administration should take either PLAS.5400 or PLAS.5900 for their technical elective.

  • PLAS.5090 Plastics Processing Theory I
  • PLAS.5110 Polymer Blends
  • PLAS.5120 Porous Polymers
  • PLAS.5130 New Plastics Materials
  • PLAS.5140 Statistics for Six Sigma
  • PLAS.5150 Lean Plastics Manufacturing
  • PLAS.5240 Process Analysis, Instrument and Control
  • PLAS.5320 Adhesives and Adhesion
  • PLAS.5330 Coatings Science and Technology I
  • PLAS.5340 Coatings Science and Technology II
  • PLAS.5350 Rubber Technology
  • PLAS.5370 Business Law for Engineers
  • PLAS.5400 Commercial Development of Plastics
  • PLAS.5410 Computer Applications in Plastics
  • PLAS.5420 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering 
  • PLAS.5450 Additives for Polymer Materials
  • PLAS.5470 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • PLAS.5480 Analytical and Numerical Methods in Plastics Processing 
  • PLAS.5490 Product Design for Elastomers
  • PLAS.5500 Processing with Elastomers
  • PLAS.5510 Extrusion Die Design
  • PLAS.5520 Machine Design
  • PLAS.5530 Medical Device Design I
  • PLAS.5540 Medical Device Design II
  • PLAS.5650 Thermosets
  • PLAS.5660 Polymer Materials Systems Solution
  • PLAS.5680 Dynamic Mechanical Properties II
  • PLAS.5750 Biomaterials I
  • PLAS.5760 Advanced Mold Design 
  • PLAS.5790 Problems in Biomaterials Directed Studies
  • PLAS.5850 Computer Aided Engineering I
  • PLAS.5890 Polymer Nanocomposites
  • PLAS.5900 Survey of Intellectual Property 
  • PLAS.5950 Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • PLAS.5960 Plastics, Elastomers, and Additives from Renewable Resources
  • PLAS.6020 Medical Device Development Regulation
  • PLAS.6060 Plastics Manufacturing Systems Engineering
  • PLAS.6100 Plastics Industry Development
  • PLAS.6180 Structural Product Design 
  • PLAS.6500 Nanoscale Transport Phenomena for Manufacturing Nanodevices
  • PLAS.6750 Biomaterials II

Materials Electives

During the junior year, Plastics Engineering students are required to take a "materials" elective. Students can select a course from the 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 and the student's advisor.

  • PLAS.5110 Polymer Blends
  • PLAS.5120 Porous Polymers
  • PLAS.5130 New Plastics Materials
  • PLAS.5320 Adhesives and Adhesion
  • PLAS.5330 Coatings Science and Technology I
  • PLAS.5350 Rubber Technology
  • PLAS.5400 Commercial Development of Plastics
  • PLAS.5420 Colloidal Nanoscience and Nanoscale Engineering
  • PLAS.5450 Additives for Polymer Materials
  • PLAS.5470 Materials for Renewable Energy and Sustainability
  • PLAS.5650 Thermosets
  • PLAS.5660 Polymer Materials Systems Solution
  • PLAS.5750 Biomaterials I
  • PLAS.5790 Problems in Biomaterials Directed Studies
  • PLAS.5890 Polymer Nanocomposites
  • PLAS.5950 Thermoplastic Elastomers
  • PLAS.5960 Plastics, Elastomers, and Additives from Renewable Resources 
  • PLAS.6100 Plastics Industry Development
  • PLAS.6750 Biomaterials II
  • PLAS.6820 Physical Polymer Science

Design Electives

During the senior year, students are required to take a "design" elective. Students can select a course from the 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 and the student's advisor. Plastics Engineering students doing a Minor in Business Administration should take PLAS.5370 for their design elective.

  • PLAS.5140 Statistics for 6 Sigma
  • PLAS.5150 Lean Plastics Manufacturing
  • PLAS.5370 Business Law for Engineers
  • PLAS.5410 Computer Applications in Plastics
  • PLAS.5490 Product Design for Elastomers
  • PLAS.5510 Extrusion Die Design 
  • PLAS.5520 Machine Design
  • PLAS.5530 Medical Device Design I
  • PLAS.5540 Medical Device Design II
  • PLAS.5760 Advanced Mold Design
  • PLAS.5850 Computer Aided Engineering I
  • PLAS.6020 Medical Device Development Regulation
  • PLAS.6180 Structural Product Design

For more information contact the Department of Plastics Engineering.