AKRON—The University of Akron is giving its students the opportunity to build a strong foundation in the polymer industry as it becomes the first public university in Ohio to offer an undergraduate degree in polymer science and polymer engineering.
The Bachelor of Science in Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering program will begin in fall 2022 and will be ideal for students with interests in technical solutions to sustainability, materials science, processing, soft-matter physics and biomaterials, the university said in an April 8 news release.
Undergraduates in this new program will learn analytical techniques and design, UA said, and will have access to the 25 polymer research labs within the School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering. Previously, the university offered such polymer degrees only to its master's and doctoral students.
Students enrolled in the undergraduate program also will have access to advising, career services and tutoring, as well as participation in design teams, student organizations—like the Polymer Student Organization—and the university's Co-op and Placement Program.