Polymer Chemistry

Polymer Chemistry Degree

Polymer Chemistry Undergraduate Degree

Polymers are the building blocks of materials that form our world, our civilization and ourselves. Understanding the nature of polymers - their structure and properties - enables scientists to:

  • develop groundbreaking original materials
  • solve specific challenges
  • meet the needs of a rapidly evolving global society and economy

Change the world, one polymer at a time

Pittsburg State University's Department of Chemistry, together with its Plastics Engineering Technology program and the Kansas Polymer Research Center, offers undergraduate students one of the nation's most unique and quality polymer chemistry program. One of only three undergraduate Polymer Chemistry programs in the nation, this program enables students the opportunity 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.

Why Pitt State?

The Polymer Chemistry Undergraduate Degree at Pittsburg State University is one of only three undergraduate programs in the United States. Our program is designed to create the next generation of scientists and engineers who:

  • are uniquely qualified for a variety of future careers
  • will change the way we live
  • solve some of the world's greatest challenges

You'll learn from qualified professors in small classes (average class size is 15) in order to ensure hands-on support and guidance on state-of-the-art equipment.

Upon graduation, you'll be well prepared to continue your studies in our graduate program or enter the workforce.

Career Options

Our graduates are prepared for a variety of careers in industry, academia and government. 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:

  • Synthetic Polymer Chemist
  • Materials Engineer/Scientist
  • Polymer Technician
  • many more

The median salary for chemists with a bachelor's degree, according to the American Chemical Society, is $60,000. Students earning a graduate degree earn a salary of $75,000 or more.

Internship and research opportunities

Polymer Chemistry students will have opportunities for scholarships and 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.

Learn more about the Department of Chemistry

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 major take a selection of classes that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field.

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