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Plastics Engineering Major


UMass Lowell offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Plastics Engineering. Plastics are widely used in the manufacture of products that we use in our daily lives. The companies that manufacture these products have a need for engineers that understand how plastics materials behave so that these products can be designed, tested and manufactured. This program is designed to prepare the graduate for a professional career as a plastics engineer. The curriculum provides a sound basis in mathematics, chemistry and process engineering, plus a full study of plastics materials, properties, physics, engineering sciences, product design, plastics manufacturing and computer aided engineering. It includes sufficient flexibility for further specialization in areas of individual interest.

The Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Plastics Engineering) program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (


A bachelor's to master's (BSE/MSE) in Plastics Engineering is available to undergraduates with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.000 at the end of their junior year. The UMass Lowell Graduate Admissions allows the transfer of up to six credits used towards the BSE degree in Plastics Engineering to be used to fulfill the requirements of the MSE degree. For more information on the MSE Plastics Engineering program, see the graduate catalog.

For additional information about programs contact the Department of Plastics Engineering.