Program Overview

The Certificate in Polymer Science and Engineering is designed to meet the needs of industry engineers and scientists who want to gain a deeper understanding of their field and potentially gain advancement opportunity. Specifically, it accommodates technical professionals in the plastics-related industries to further their knowledge of polymer science.

Requirements for this program include an undergraduate (B.S.) degree in chemistry, physics, or any of the engineering branches as well as a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.8 or above. With these requirements met, students can work to earn their certificate by taking 12 credits of courses. The program’s two required courses, which make up six of the 12 credits, are Physical Polymer Science and Organic Polymer Science, and the remaining 6 credits can be made up of two or three other courses related to polymer chemistry and/or engineering.

The Certificate in Polymer Science and Engineering can be earned completely online. Students can start the program at the beginning of any semester and can choose one of two tracks: the credit track and the non-credit (PCE) track. The credit track earns students graduate-level credits that can be used toward either Lehigh’s Masters Program in Polymer Sciences or another related master’s program. Students in this track must complete course work and proctored exams to get their credit and certificate. The non-credit track earns students the certificate without the graded course-work and exams.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must have 1) B.S. degree in chemistry, physics, or any branch of engineering and 2) undergraduate GPA: 2.80 or higher.

    School Overview

    Lehigh University was founded in 1865 by industrialist Asa Packer as a technical school for boys focusing on mathematics and science. Today, the co-educational, private not-for-profit University is located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on over 2,300 acres. Lehigh University confers degrees through four colleges:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business and Economics
    • P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science
    • College of Education

    Since the turn of the twenty-first century, Lehigh University has offered distance learning for select graduate programs and certificates. These online graduate-level programs give educational options to working professionals and meet the same standards as on-campus programs.


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