Overview

The Macro Program offers SUGS degrees in collaboration with several participating departments (BiomedE, ChemE, Chemistry, MSE, ME and Physics). These degrees make it possible for students to receive both a B.S. and M.S. degree in an accelerated fashion.

Research

An early start in research is encouraged as soon as the students have demonstrated satisfactory progress in courses and have selected a Research Supervisor. The interdisciplinary nature of the Program allows for a wide range of research possibilities.

Representative Ph.D. Course Programs

It is recommended that in all the options an introductory course such as MacroSE 412 be taken as part of these credits by all students who do not have a strong polymer background. The majority of the option courses taken should be 500- level or above. See “Course Descriptions” for individual course information. The following course plans are suggestions from Macro faculty for good academic training.

Biomaterials Engineering Option

A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 9 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 9 hours in Biomaterials Engineering The Biomaterials courses should include courses in biomaterials, biochemistry, and biophysics. The Macro courses should at least include MacroSE 412 or 512, and MacroSE 538.

Biomedical Engineering Option

A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 9 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 9 hours in Biomedical Engineering. The Biomedical Engineering courses should include at least one course in biomaterials, biochemistry, or biophysics in addition to courses in Biomedical Engineering. The Macro courses should include at least MacroSE 412 or 512, and MacroSE 538.

Chemistry Option (Synthetic or Physical)

A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 12 credits in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 9 hours in Chemistry.

Synthetic Option

  • The Macro courses should include MacroSE 412 or 512, and MacroSE 538.
  • Chemistry courses should include Chem 541 and 542.

Physical Option

  • The Macro courses should include MacroSE 412 or 512, and MacroSE 538.
  • The Chemistry courses should include Chem 571, 576, and 580.

Chemical Engineering Option

A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 9 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 9 hours in Chemical Engineering. Macro courses should include MacroSE 538. The Chemical Engineering courses should include a course on transport phenomena, numerical methods or mathematical modeling, and a course on polymer processing.

Materials Science and Engineering Option

A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 9 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 9 hours in Materials Science and Engineering. Macro courses should include MacroSE 412 or 512, and MacroSE 538.

These courses must include: MacroSE 790, MacroSE 800, MacroSE 535 or MSE 412 or 512, MacroSE 536, a graduate course in metals and a graduate course in ceramics.

Physics Option

A minimum of 30 hours of course work must be elected, including at least 9 hours in Macromolecular Science and Engineering and at least 9 hours in Physics. Macro courses should include MacroSE 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. Such students must submit a detailed program in writing to the Executive Committee for approval.

Enrollment and Graduation Data

The University Registrar publishes the number of student enrolled annually in this program, and the number of degrees granted each term by this program