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Natural and Synthetic Polymer Chemistry
Bachelor of Science

This option offers an excellent background both for direct entry into industrial chemistry and graduate study in areas such as chemistry, biotechnology or polymer science.

Students take advanced courses in mechanisms of polymerization and polymer synthesis, physical properties and characterization of polymers, and laboratory techniques of polymer synthesis and characterization. Special topics courses in contemporary polymer and material science are available as electives. In addition, courses in carbohydrate chemistry provide a solid background for chemists planning careers in paper, plastic, high-tech, energy, membranes, and related areas. Biochemistry is an appropriate elective for students interested in the growth of biotechnologies while environmental chemistry complements this program for students interested in working on problems of biodegradation.

Undergraduates in the Natural and Synthetic Polymer Chemistry option take advanced  lecture courses in the following areas:

  • reaction kinetics and mechanisms of polymerization and polymer synthesis (FCH550),
  • physical properties and characterization of polymers (FCH552),
  • laboratory practice in the techniques of polymer synthesis and characterization (FCH551).

Some appropriate chemistry electives are:

  • Biochemistry (FCH530) is an appropriate elective for students interested in  biotechnology.
  • Environmental chemistry (FCH510 or FCH 511) complements the polymer program for students interested in working on problems relating to the environmental fate of polymers and compounds used in their production and processing.
  • Advanced courses in mathematics, statistics.

Research opportunities in polymer chemistry through the FCH495/498 sequence are strongly encouraged.

The program offers an excellent background both for direct entry into industrial chemistry and graduate study in areas such as chemistry, biotechnology, material or polymer science. More than 50 percent of all practicing chemists work on problems involving polymer chemistry.

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State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
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