Ph.D. Major Option Course Plans

Biomaterials Engineering

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in biomaterials.
  • The Macro courses should at least include Macro 412 or 512, and 538.
  • The biomaterials courses should include courses in biomaterials, biochemistry, and biophysics.

Biomedical Engineering

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in Biomedical Engineering.
  • The Macro courses should include at least Macro 412 or 512, and 538.
  • The Biomedical Engineering courses should include at least one course in biomaterials, biochemistry, or biophysics in addition to courses in Biomedical Engineering.

Chemical Engineering

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in Chemical Engineering.
  • Macro courses should include Macro 538.
  • The Chemical Engineering courses should include a course on transport phenomena, numerical methods or mathematical modeling, and a course on polymer processing.

Chemistry (Synthetic or Physical)

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in Chemistry.
  • Synthetic Option
    • The Macro courses should include Macro 412 or 512, and 538.
    • Chemistry courses should include Chem 541 and 542.
  • Physical Option
    • The Macro courses should include Macro 412 or 512, and 538.
    • Chemistry courses should include Chem 571, 576, and 580.

Materials Science and Engineering

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in Materials Science and Engineering.
  • Macro courses should include Macro 412 or 512, and 538.

Organic Electronics and Photonics

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in the field or organic electronics.
  • Macro courses should include Macro 412 or 512, and 538.
  • Organic Electronics and Photonics courses should include a course in device physics, device applications, and device fabrication.

Physics

  • A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 12 hours in Physics.
  • Macro courses should include Macro 538 and a course in physical properties of polymers.
  • Recommended physics courses include Physics 505, 506, 510, 511, 512, 520, 540 and 541. Consult with your research advisor to decide on the optimal course plan.

Individualized Option

  • An individualized option may be proposed by students who already have a Master’s degree or other graduate experience. Students should submit a detailed course plan in writing for approval by the Executive Committee.  Students must substantiate that they have sufficient depth of knowledge and skills from their previous work to qualify for the individualized option.  A maximum of 9 credits (3 courses) of past graduate work may be utilized as a part of this option.