University Catalog 2023-2024

Polymer Science (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The minor in Polymer Science is intended to allow students to develop a fundamental understanding of polymers and macromolecules, which dominate both our natural and synthetic worlds.  The chemical, physical and structural aspects of polymers and their application in a wide range of materials are examined in a series of courses designed to introduce the basic concept of macromolecules to students.

The Textile Engineering, Chemistry, and Science Department (TECS) offers a minor in Polymer Science to majors in all fields (provided the prerequisites are met).  The program is designed to expose students to the technical and scholarly disciplines of polymer science, including their syntheses, structures, characterization, and properties.  Students are given the opportunity to learn how polymers are applied in industrial settings and how they function in nature.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

  • Admissions
    Request for information and additional details about the minor and its prerequisites should be directed to the address listed below. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.
  • Certification
    Once pursuing the minor, students should contact the director for advice about course selection and certification. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification can be found with 3307 College of Textiles and should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

Russell Gorga
College of Textiles 3267


Plan Requirements

  • Students take a minimum of 15 hours from a select group of courses focusing on Polymer Science consisting of 3 required courses (9 hours) as well as 2 advised elective courses (6 hours).
  • Students must achieve a grade of ‘C’  or better in all courses to be used toward the Minor
  • Students need to pay special attention to course prerequisites.
Required Prerequisites
MA 131
MA 231
Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
and Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B
or MA 141/241 Calculus I
PY 211
PY 212
College Physics I
and College Physics II
or PY 205/208 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
CH 220Introductory Organic Chemistry (or higher)3
Required Courses
PCC 1063
PCC 461Chemistry of Polymeric Materials
PCC 462Characterization and Physical Properties of Polymers
Elective Courses
Advised Electives 16
Total Hours9

Elective Courses

Polymer and Color Chemistry
PCC 404Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Fiber Formation3
PCC 466Polymer Chemistry Laboratory3
PCC 471The Chemistry of Synthetic and Natural Bipolymers3
Chemical Engineering
CHE 461Polymer Sciences and Technology3
CHE 465Colloidal and Nanoscale Engineering3
CHE 467Polymer Rheology3
Textile Engineering
TE 463Polymer Engineering3
TE 466Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering3
Materials Science and Engineering
MSE 380Microstructure of Organic Materials3
MSE 455Polymer Technology and Engineering3

Courses from outside of this list need to be approved in advance with the advisor for the Minor.  Prerequisites for the elective courses must be met.