Undergraduate Degrees


Undergraduate Polymer Science Degrees

B.S., Polymer Science | More about this degree

The Bachelor of Science degree program in polymer science at The University of Southern Mississippi is an interdisciplinary program of study with emphasis on research.  The student is introduced to the fundamentals and practical operating principles of polymer science focusing on approaches to solving relevant problems in the field.  Undergraduates in our program can expect to participate in pioneering research on a variety of topics under the supervision of our faculty.


B.S., Polymer Science and Engineering | More about this degree

The mission of the BS program in Polymer Science and Engineering is to provide students with necessary preparation to excel in industry as highly competent polymer engineers or to pursue advanced degrees.

Our vision for the polymer science & engineering program is to be recognized as a regional, national, and international leader in the development of polymer scientists & engineers by industry and academia.

Program Educational Outcomes

The School’s undergraduate polymer science and engineering program prepares students to achieve the following educational objectives within 3-5 years of graduation:

Program Educational Objective 1

Advance professionally with increasing leadership and responsibility beyond entry level in polymer industries or related fields.

Program Educational Objective 2

Build capability to work effectively in multidisciplinary team settings to achieve organization objectives.

Program Educational Objective 3

Contribute to societal benefits in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.

Program Educational Objective 4

Engage in life-long learning through professional activities and training, the pursuit of advanced degrees, and individual professional development.


Student Learning Outcomes

The Bachelors of Science degree program in Polymer Science & Engineering is designed to meet the requirements set forth by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Each student completing the degree will demonstrate mastery of the following competencies as established by ABET:

  • a. Ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  • b. Ability design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data;
  • c. Ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability;
  • d. Ability to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  • e. Ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  • f. Understanding of professional and ethical responsibility;
  • g. Ability to communicate effectively;
  • h. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context;
  • i. Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  • j. Knowledge of contemporary issues;
  • k. Ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.