2024-2025 Catalog 
  
    May 29, 2024  
2024-2025 Catalog

Plastics Engineering Technology (PLTE-BS-TE), B.S.

Location(s): Ferris Main Campus


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Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Plastics Engineering Technology stands as one of the largest and most respected undergraduate programs in the United States. This comprehensive program equips students with in-depth knowledge of plastics processing, polymer material testing, properties, and product development. Classes prioritize practical learning experiences, utilizing industry-standard equipment to ensure graduates are well-prepared for the dynamic demands of the field.

Upon successfully completing the program, students are readily employable within the thriving plastics industry. Graduates typically secure engineering positions, serving as process, product, or project engineers, quality control engineers, or technical sales representatives. Beyond professional success, the program also emphasizes the importance of making a positive impact in the world through responsible and sustainable practices in plastics engineering. By instilling these principles, graduates contribute to advancements in the field while fostering a more sustainable and environmentally conscious future.

Program Outcomes


  1. An ability to apply knowledge, techniques, skills and modern tools of mathematics, science, engineering, and technology to solve broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to polymer and/or plastics engineering technology.
  2. An ability to design systems, components, or processes meeting specified needs for broadly defined engineering problems appropriate to the polymer and/or plastics industry.
  3. An ability to apply written, oral, and graphical communication in broadly defined technical and non-technical environments; and an ability to identify and use appropriate technical literature.
  4. An ability to conduct standard tests, measurements, and experiments and to analyze and interpret the results to improve processes.
  5. An ability to function effectively as a member as well as a leader on technical teams.

Admission Requirements


New Student Admission Requirements


  • The Plastics Engineering Technology, BS degree is only open to students who meet the Transfer Student Admission Requirements below.
  • High school students interested in this program may apply to the Plastics/Polymer Technology, AAS program.

Transfer Student Admission Requirements


  • Must have completed an Associate of Applied Science degree in Plastics/Polymer Technology
  • 2.75 College GPA (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Competency in MATH 120 

University Requirements - 46 Credits Required


First Year Seminar Requirement (FSUS 100 or Equivalent) - Credit Required Met in Associate


All First-Time-In-Any-College Freshmen (FTIACs) must complete a one-credit FSUS 100  course, or its equivalent. Additional information and the definition of FTIAC for FSUS purposes can be found in the: Ferris State University Academic Affairs FSUS Policy

University General Education Requirements - 46 Credits Required


Courses in this section are required to satisfy the University General Education Requirements for a bachelor’s degree. The University General Education requirements can be found on the: Ferris State University General Education Requirements Webpage

Communication Competency - 12 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


Quantitative Literacy Competency - 3 Credits Required (or Their Equivalent)


  • Choose 1 of 4

  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Official Pre-2016 Math SAT Score of 590 or Higher
  • Official Post-2016 Math SAT Score of 620 or Higher
  • Official Math ACT Score of 26 or Higher

Natural Sciences Competency - 9 Credits Required


Two courses are required with a minimum of 6 credits: must have at least one lab course.

Culture Competency - 9 Credits Required


Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines and have at least one 200 level or higher course.

Self and Society Competency - 9 Credits Required


Three courses are required with a minimum of 9 credits: must be from two different disciplines, have at least one 200 level or higher course, and at least one Self and Society Foundation course.

United States (U.S.) Diversity Competency - 1 Course Required


If not met by courses taken for Culture Competency, Self and Society Competency, or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), a student must have one course with the United States (U.S.) Diversity attribute. Some courses include both Global and United States (U.S.) Diversity attributes.

Global Diversity Competency - 1 Course Required


If not met by courses taken for Culture Competency, Self and Society Competency, or Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), a student must have one course with the Global Diversity attribute. Some courses include both Global and United States (U.S.) Diversity attributes.

Collaboration Competency - Courses Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken in the College Requirements section, a student must have two courses with the Collaboration attribute. Some courses include both Collaboration and Problem Solving attributes.

Problem Solving Competency - Courses Required Met in College Requirements


If not met by courses taken in the College Requirements section, a student must have two courses with the Problem Solving attribute. Some courses include both Collaboration and Problem Solving attributes.

Additional General Education Requirements - 4 Credits Required


These courses are additional General Education courses to meet the requirements for this specific program.

College Requirements - 86 Credits Required


Technical Related Courses - 21 Credits Required


Notes


  • Credit Variance - Credits required may vary based on course placement, prerequisites, etc. If you have questions, contact your advisor.

Graduation Requirements


In order to graduate from Ferris State University, students must meet both University and Programmatic Graduation Requirements.

University Graduation Requirements


These are the minimum graduation requirements for a bachelor’s degree at Ferris State University:

  • All requirements as specified in the University Requirements section must be met.
  • A minimum of 120 credits must be earned.
  • A 2.00 or higher cumulative Ferris State University GPA is required.
  • A minimum of 30 credits must be earned from Ferris State University to meet the Residency requirement.
  • A minimum of 40 credits of 300 level or higher courses must be earned.

Programmatic Graduation Requirements


These are the additional graduation requirements mandated by the program:

  • All requirements as specified in the College Requirements section must be met.

Suggested Semester Layout


First Year


Total Credits: 16-17

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 16

Summer Courses


Second Year


Total Credits: 18

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 15

Third Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 16

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 13

Summer Courses


Total Credits: 4

Fourth Year


Fall Courses


Total Credits: 16

Spring Courses


Total Credits: 14

Contact Information


Plastics and Rubber Engineering Technology Programs
(231) 591-2640
[email protected]

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