Programs of Study

Undergraduate Programs

UMass Lowell has the largest and most well-established Plastics Engineering Program in the country. The Plastics Engineering Department offers the following undergraduate degree and minor:

Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering

The primary objective of the Plastics Engineering Program is to provide a well-rounded basic level engineering education that prepares our graduates to be readily employable professionals in a lifetime career of plastics engineering.  

The curriculum provides a sound foundation in basic sciences, engineering disciplines and communication skills along with a detailed study, including a laboratory experience, of plastics materials, properties, processing and design.  The curriculum aims to foster professionalism, ethics and safety.

The department maintains the highest standard of academic excellence in plastics engineering, and maintains a caring environment for students of diverse backgrounds.

For detailed information about the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering degree, please use the following link to the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog: Requirements for a B.S. in Plastics Engineering.

Minor in Business Administration

Many engineers become managers of people and projects.  As a result, it is important for engineers to have an understanding of business practices. The Department of Plastics Engineering has worked closely with the Manning School of Business to develop an optional, streamlined business program. Students  pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering have the option of attaining a minor in business administration by taking only four additional courses. These extra business courses can be taken during the normal school year or during the summer.  

For detailed information about the requirements for the minor in business administration, please use the following link to the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog: Requirements for a Minor in Business Administration.

Minor in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology

Plastics materials are an essential part of modern medicine, high technology design, fabrication and integration of plastics to create devices.  There are many excellent career options for plastics engineers in the biomedical technology field.  The College of Engineering, along with the College of Sciences and the School of Health and Environment, has developed a strong minor program for those students interested in the field of biomedical engineering.  The minor curriculum consists of eight courses, including a biology lab.  The minor in Biomedical Engineering is also a great option for students preparing to enter medical school.

For detailed information about the requirements for the Minor in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology, please use the following link to the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog:  Requirements for a Minor in Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology

Minor in Energy Engineering

Climate change, energy independence and sustainability are some of the most critical issues of our time.  The modern engineer must consider energy generation, usage and efficiency in all design and processes.  Materials have an important role to play in the frontier renewable energy technologies such as wind power, solar power, biofuels, and smart grid technologies.  The Plastics Engineering Department along with the other engineering departments have developed a strong minor program for students interested in adding energy technologies to their skill portfolio.  The minor curriculum consists of seven courses, two of which are already required for the B.S. in Plastics Engineering. The additional five courses can be selected to fill elective requirements.

For detailed information about the requirements for the Minor in Energy Engineering, please use the following link to the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog: Requirements for Minor in Energy Engineering.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

In order to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to continue their studies toward an advanced degree, the College of Engineering offers a program of accelerated study, which leads to a Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering and a Master of Science in Plastics Engineering. Students taking full advantage of the combined program ordinarily finish the M.S.E. degree in their fifth year of study.  

For detailed information about the requirements for the B.S./M.S. in Plastics Engineering, please use the following link to the UMass Lowell online Academic Catalog: Requirements for a B.S./M.S. in Plastics Engineering.