Curriculum

Curriculum

Current Students:

See the Academic Plan for more detailed recommendations, and refer to the University Bulletin for more requirements and course descriptions. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.

Prospective Students:

Below is a typical course sequence for the Plastics Engineering Technology bachelor's degree program.

Semester 1

  • First Year Seminar (1 credit)
  • Introduction to Graphics and Solid Modeling (3 credits)
  • Computer Applications for Plastics Engineering Technology (2 credits)
  • Technical Mathematics I (3 credits)
  • English Composition (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 16.5

Semester 2

  • Applied Solid Modeling (3 credits)
  • Chemical Principles I (3 credits)
  • Experimental Chemistry (1 credit)
  • Technical Mathematics II (3 credits)
  • Introductory Physics I (4 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 3

  • Introduction to Plastics (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Plastics Processing (4 credits)
  • Mechanics for Technology: Statics (3 credits)
  • Technical Calculus (4 credits)
  • Effective Speech (3 credits)

Total Credits: 17

Semester 4

  • Plastics Materials and Properties (3 credits)
  • Plastics Processing and Statistical Methods (4 credits)
  • Strength and Properties of Materials (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Part and Tool Design (3 credits)
  • Tool Design and Machining (2 credits)
  • Calculus with Engineering Technology Applications (3 credits)

Total Credits: 18

Semester 5

  • Plastic Material Properties and Applications (3 credits)
  • Advanced Tooling and Rheology (4 credits)
  • Fluid and Thermal Sciences (3 credits)
  • Project Management for Engineers (3 credits)
  • Intermediate Calculus and Differential Equations with Applications (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 6

  • Plastics Projects I (1 credit)
  • Packaging Processes (3 credits)
  • Heat Transfer (2 credits)
  • Design of Plastics Parts (4 credits)
  • Finite Element Analysis for Plastics Design (3 credits)
  • Effective Writing: Technical Writing (3 credits)
  • Health and Physical Activity (1.5 credits)

Total Credits: 17.5

Semester 7

  • Plastics Projects II (1 credit)
  • Automation for Plastics Processes (2 credits)
  • Novel and Emerging Technologies (2 credits)
  • Plastics Product Development (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)
  • Science Course (2 credits)
  • Behavioral Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 8

  • Plastics Projects III (1 credit)
  • Plastics Management Issues (3 credits)
  • Technical Elective (3 credits)
  • Arts Course (3 credits)
  • Humanities Course (3 credits)
  • Social Science Course (3 credits)

Total Credits: 16

 

This program is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.

This represents a typical course sequence; your schedule will vary depending on your interests. It is recommended that you consult your academic adviser before scheduling any courses. See bulletins.psu.edu for detailed degree requirements and course descriptions.