About the Program

The Masters of Science in Polymers and Coatings Science offers a unique program closely tied to the industry. Students gain academic preparation in polymers and coatings science through lecture and laboratory courses, then conduct a rigorous industrial internship or industry-sponsored research. While on the internship, students specialize and develop advanced skills through directed study in areas related to their internship work. The program is designed to effectively prepare students for challenging careers in the polymers and coatings industry. The program also provides an excellent background for doctoral studies in areas related to polymer and coatings science. This program is unique in California and relies on the close relationship between the department and the polymers and coatings industry for its success.



Students entering the program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in the last 90 quarter units attempted. Applicants with majors in chemistry, biochemistry, materials engineering, chemical engineering or related fields generally meet the prerequisites for courses in the program. Applicants with degrees in other areas may need to take supplemental courses in organic and physical chemistry and can be admitted conditionally. For information concerning additional departmental requirements, the student should contact the Graduate Advisor in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department.

Advancement to candidacy requires completion of 12 units of an approved study plan with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.


Required Courses - -
CHEM 544 Polymer Physical Chemistry and Analysis 3
CHEM 545 Polymer Synthesis and Mechanisms 3
CHEM 547 Polymer Characterization and Analysis Laboratory 2
CHEM 548 Polymer Synthesis Laboratory 2
CHEM 550 Coatings Formulation Principles 3
CHEM 551 Coatings Formulation Laboratory 2
CHEM 590 Graduate Seminar in Polymers and Coatings (1, 1, 1) 3
Select from the following: - 9
CHEM 598 Graduate Project (3, 3, 3) -
CHEM 599 Graduate Thesis (3, 3, 3) -
Approved Electives - -
18 units of advisor-approved electives (at least 3 units must be from 500 level). See department for the list. - 18
Total units - 45
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