Course Descriptions

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POLYMER SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (PSE)

315. Survey of Polymer Chemistry. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CHE 256, 256L. An overview of industrially important polymerization processes and kinetics

380. Engineering Thermodynamics and Transport. 4 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 202, 202L. Thermodynamic concepts, diffusion, heat and mass transfer as viewed from microscopic and macroscopic perspectives.

390. Engineering Economics. 2 hrs. Aspects of investment analysis relating to equipment justification and production of materials.

420. Polymer Nanomaterial Engineering. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSE 380; PHY 202, 202L. Application of materials whose macroscopic properties are primarily determined by their molecular properties.

440. Mechanics of Polymer Materials. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSC 260; PHY 202, 202L. Response of polymeric materials to external applied forces. Topics include stress, strain, fracture, and failure of materials.

490. Polymer Engineering Design I. 1 hr. Prerequisites: PSE 380, PSC 341L, PHY 202/L. A capstone course for polymer science and engineering seniors. Uses material taught from all courses to solve engineering problems.

490L. Polymer Engineering Design Lab I. 3 hrs. Corequisite: PSE 490. Capstone experience. Decision making, practically, design of experiments, and proposal and report preparation are all stressed.

491. Polymer Engineering Design II. 1 hr. Prerequisites: PSE 490. A capstone course for polymer science and engineering seniors. Uses material taught from all courses to solve engineering problems and write a thesis.

491L. Polymer Engineering Design Lab II. 3 hrs. Corequisite: PSE 491. Capstone experience. Decision making, practicality, design of experiments, and publication or thesis preparation are all stressed.

POLYMER SCIENCE (PSC)

190. Living in a Material World. 3hrs. Corequisite: PSC 190L. An examination of the materials in the world around us, including composition, properties, and why they are used

190L. Lab for Living in a Material World. 1 hr. Corequisite: PSC 190. Laboratory for PSC 190, Living in a Material World

191. Introduction to Polymers. 1 hr. An introduction to the history, recent developments, applications and processing of polymers

192. Introduction to Polymers II. 1 hr. An introducation to the history, recent developments, applications and processing of polymers

285. Problem Solving Techniques for Polymer Scientists. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: MAT 169 or 179. Consolidates mathematical methods into a form that can be readily applied to solve polymer science and engineering problems. Required: MathCad Software/Manual and laptop computer to run software

292. Applications of Polymers II. 2 hrs. An introduction to the history, recent developments, applications, and processing of polymers.

301. Organic Polymer Chemistry I. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: CHE 256 and CHE 256L. Systematic study of polymers with emphasis centered on those synthesized by step-growth polymerization

302. Organic Polymer Chemistry II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 301. A study of polymer formation techniques, kinetics and properties with emphasis on addition polymerization, copolymerization and stereoregular polymerization

341L. Polymer Techniques I. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: CHE 256/L, PSC 410. Laboratory methods of polymer synthesis, structural determination and characterization

360. Polymer Rheology. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PHY 202/L, PSC 285. Theory and practice of Newtonian and nonNewtonian fluid flow behavior

361. Polymer Processing. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 360. Plastics extrusion technology and theory; technical planning for plastics production; material selection for plastic products; trends in plastics industry

361L. Laboratory for Polymer Science 361. 2 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 410. Corequisite: PSC 361

390. Individual Research Projects in Polymer Science. 1-6 hrs. Prerequisite: CHE 256/L, PHY 202/L, PSC 410. May be repeated for credit

401. Physical Chemistry of Polymers I. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PHY 202, 202L. Polymer structure, chain conformation, solution properties, thermodynamics, fractionation and molecular weight measurement

402. Physical Chemistry of Polymers II. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 401. Instrumental analysis of polymers, morphology, rheology and structure-property relationships

410. Safety Principles and Procedures in the Chemical Sciences. 1 hr. Common laboratory hazards and their remediation

450. Polymer Characterization. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: CHE 256/L, PHY 202/L. Macromolecular chemical structure and morphological characterization using thermal, spectroscopic and X-ray diffraction techniques

450L. Laboratory for Polymer Science 450. 1 hr. Prerequisite: PSC 410. Corequisite: PSC 450

470. Surface Coatings. 4 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 302. Study of the physical and chemical properties of the pigments, binders, solvents and additives employed in surface coatings; dispersion techniques, surface preparation, paint testing, application techniques and surface coatings analysis are also discussed

470L. Laboratory for Polymer Science 470. 1 hr. Corequisite: 470

475. Biomaterials. 2 hrs. An introduction to the basic concepts of biopolymers-biomaterials systems.

480. Polymer Kinetics. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 302. Introduction to polymerization kinetics and reactor design

490. Special Projects in Polymer Science. 1 hr. Prerequisites: PSC 302, 342L, PHY 202/L. Individual research. Prospectus is prepared and research plan is executed with final report required (Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in PSC H490.)

490L. Laboratory for Polymer Science 490. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: PSC 410. Corequisite: PSC 490

491. Special Projects in Polymer Science. 1 hr. Prerequisites: PSC 490/L. Individual research. Prospectus is prepared and research plan is executed with final report required (Students undertaking a Seniors Honor Project will enroll in PSC H491.)

491L. Laboratory for Polymer Science 491. 3 hrs. Prerequisite or corequisite: PSC 410. Corequisite: PSC 491

492. Special Problems. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: PSC 302, 342L, PHY 202/L. To include a survey of such topics as thermally stable polymers, silicone elastomers, emulsion polymers, controlled biocide release from polymers, water-soluble high molecular weight polymers and photochemistry


EXPLANATION

The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.
Example:

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

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