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Plastics Engineering, B.S.: 4-year sequence
The Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics Engineering is designed to prepare engineers as experts in the design and manufacturing of plastic components. Plastics engineers work with other professionals in the design of products, particularly to ensure efficiency and quality when manufacturing. First class testing and processing facilities allow plastics engineering students to learn how to setup, optimize and validate processes to meet high quality standards. Plastics engineers also work to design and program automated systems capable of manufacturing and assembling plastic products. Through advanced knowledge of plastics materials, engineering design rules, and computer simulation software, plastics engineers play a vital role in automotive and recreational vehicle components, medical devices, consumer electronics, and everything else made of plastic.
To be admitted to the program, students must have graduated in the top 40 percent of their class or, for high schools that do not rank, have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or receive a composite score of 22 or greater on the ACT or equivalent score or greater on the SAT (ACT is preferred). In addition, an ACT math score of at least 22 or equivalent score on the SAT is required.
UW-Stout’s Plastics Engineering degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). It is the only nationally accredited plastics engineering degree in the Midwest, and one of only two in the United States. Many opportunities exist for paid cooperative experience with local and regional companies, as well as national and international companies. These experiences are extremely beneficial when applying for full-time engineering positions, and are an essential component to the undergraduate plastics engineering experience at UW-Stout.
Bachelor of Science Degree
|Total for graduation
Racial and Ethnic Studies (6 credits*)
Three credits must be selected from RES-A.
Global Perspective (6 credits*)
Complete a program of university-approved work or study abroad or 6 credits of global perspective approved courses.
General Education (40 credits)
Communication Skills (9 credits)
Analytic Reasoning and Natural Sciences (13 credits)
Arts and Humanities (6 credits)
Courses must be from two or more areas including art history, creative arts, foreign language and culture, history, literature, music appreciation, performing arts and philosophy.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)
Courses must be from two or more areas including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.
Cross-disciplinary Issues (3 credits)
Courses must be from the list of approved cross-disciplinary issues courses.
Social Responsibility and Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
Courses must be from the list of approved social responsibility and ethical reasoning courses.
Major Studies (89 credits)
Mathematics and Basic Sciences (21 credits)
Engineering Core (14 credits)
Polymer/Plastic Materials, Processes, Analysis and Testing (21 credits)
Product and Production System Design (24 credits)
Engineering and Professional Competitiveness (9 credits)