Pittsburg State University’s Department of Chemistry, together with the Plastics Engineering Technology Program and the Kansas Polymer Research Center, provides unprecedented bachelor and master’s degree options for students in the Midwest and beyond that enable students to enter the workforce as working polymer chemists in as little as four years.
The key to our program's success lies in its qualified faculty and small class size (average class size of 15) which ensures hands-on support and guidance. Our graduates enjoy a nearly 100% placement rate in groundbreaking careers or advanced degree programs.
You'll learn from highly-qualified professors in small classes (average class size is 15) in order to ensure hand-on support and guidance on state-of-the-art equipment. Upon graduation you will be well-positioned to be accepted into a doctoral program or to enter the workforce.
Option available for the degree: Option I: Thesis This option is designed to prepare students for a doctoral program, for advanced professional careers, or for students wanting to complete an in-depth research experience.
Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in industry, academia and government. Students earning a graduate degree will be well-positioned to be accepted into a doctoral program or enter the workforce. Polymer industries are among the largest employers in chemistry and materials science with high tech, high value jobs for science majors. Our graduates are qualified for a variety of jobs including:
The median salary for chemists earning a graduate degree is $86,000, according to the American Chemical Society.
Polymer Chemistry students will have opportunities for assistantships and paid research under the direction of department faculty. Our students are also able to present their research findings at regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society and other prestigious organizations.
Pittsburg State's Department of Chemistry prepares students for careers in science, chemical engineering, pharmacy, or chemistry teaching through Departmental degree programs, pre-engineering, teacher education, and other University programs that require rigorous training in chemistry. It offers eight Bachelor of Science Degrees, two Master of Science Degrees and two minors. Visit our department homepage to learn more.
Students in the Polymer Chemistry program take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.