Undergraduate Degrees


Undergraduate Polymer Science Degrees

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

The baccalaureate program in the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi was the first of it's kind in the United States and remains today one of the only B.S. degrees in Polymer Science offered.

  •  As a student in the program, you will be introduced to the fundamentals and practical operating principles of polymer science and learn how to approach and solve practical problems dealing with polymer science.
  • Undergraduates in our program can expect to participate in pioneering research on a variety of topics including fuel cells, cosmetics, coatings, stimuli-responsive materials, composites, and drug delivery, among many more.
  • Students are encouraged to publish and present their work at regional and national meetings.
  • See the links at right for information regarding the curriculum and electives, scholarships, applying to USM, and to seek more information from the School.


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

The first degree of its kind in Mississippi, the B.S. focuses is education and research in the areas of structure and processing of polymeric materials, and how these relate to properties and performance.

  • The program includes core courses offered in the B.S. in Polymer Science in addition to the following engineering core and elective courses:
    • Statics 
    • Engineering thermodynamics
    • Structure/property relationships of polymeric materials
    • Electronics
    • Polymeric nanomaterials
    • A capstone course on polymer engineering design consistent with Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) guidelines for achieving accreditation