Polymer Science is an instructional pathway that introduces an individual to the field of plastics and polymer materials manufacturing. The pathway allows an indivudual to prepare for employment or continued education in the occupations of plastics and polymer materials manufacturing. The pathway is designed to provide students with hands-on eperiences related to the application of polymer science concepts in the workplace. Students will develop academic and technical skills, 21st centruy skills, and human relations competences that accompany technical skills for job success and lifelong learning. Students who complete the pathway will be better prepared to enter and succeed in related programs offered by Mississippi community and junior colleges and instructinos of higher education.
The secondary polymer science curriculum is vertially aligned to many of the IHL requirements in the undergraducate polymer science program. The secondary curriculum is closely tied to chemistry, organic chemistry, composition, writing, problem solving, and responsibility, all of which are elements in the undergraducate curriculum for polymer science.
The Polymer Science curriculum is aligned and corrrelated with the competencies in the Organic Chemistry couse found in the 2010 Mississippi Science Framework. The student must complete the 2-course sequence (4 Carnegie units) of Polymer Science.