Dec 01, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2018-2019 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Physics

  
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    PHY 610 - Astronomy for Teachers

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Solar-system and stellar astronomy.
  
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    PHY 640 - Electron Optics and Its Applications

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Electrostatic and magnetic lenses, electron microscopes.
  
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    PHY 650 - Quantum Mechanics I

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. The Schroedinger equation, operators and eigenfunctions, spherically symmetric systems.
  
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    PHY 651 - Quantum Mechanics II

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Scattering theory, matrix mechanics, angular momentum, perturbation theory.
  
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    PHY 689 - Seminar I

    1 hr.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 689 - Seminar II

    1 hr.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 689 - Seminar III

    1 hr.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 689 - Seminar IV

    1 hr.
    Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor.
  
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    PHY 691 - Research in Physics

    1-16 hrs.
  
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    PHY 697 - Independent Study and Research

    Hours arranged.
    Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
  
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    PHY 698 - Thesis

    1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hours.
  
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    PHY 710 - Computational Methods for Physical Systems I

    3 hrs
    Prerequisite(s): High level fortran, familiarities with methods in statistical mechanics and permission of instructor. Monte Carlo sampling and simulations, including multispin and cluster updating, percolation, molecular dynamics, finite size scaling, and optimizations in computing.
  
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    PHY 711 - Computational Methods for Physical Systems II

    3 hrs.
    Simulating physical systems such as orbiting bodies, chaotic systems, propagating waves, and fluids using numerical techniques for solving differential equations.

Political Science

  
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    PS 501 - Political Socialization

    3 hrs.
    An analysis of the American political system on an advanced level.
  
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    PS 502 - Urban Politics

    3 hrs.
    An examination of political issues in America's metropolitan areas.
  
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    PS 503 - Politics and Environment

    3 hrs.
    Course examines major political theories applied in environmental approaches. Second, the impact of these political theories on environmental policies is considered.
  
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    PS 504 - The Legislative Process

    3 hrs.
    An examination of American legislative institutions, with major emphasis on Congress.
  
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    PS 505 - Women and Politics

    3 hrs.
    An examination of the women's movement, women in political theory with an emphasis on democratic theory, women and the law, and modern feminist thought.
  
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    PS 506 - Political Parties

    3 hrs.
    An examination of the role of political parties in the American political system.
  
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    PS 507 - Mississippi Government

    3 hrs.
    An examination of political institutions and processes in Mississippi.
  
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    PS 508 - The American Presidency

    3 hrs.
    An analysis of the selection, role, power, and performance of the presidency.
  
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    PS 509 - Southern Politics

    3 hrs.
    An examination of the politics and political culture of the southern states.
  
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    PS 520 - Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli

    3 hrs.
    Examines major thinkers from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Includes–in addition to Plato and Machiavelli–Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, and topics such as feudal political thought.
  
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    PS 521 - Political Theory Hobbes to Nietzche

    3 hrs.
    A study of modern political theory, focusing on selected theorists (e.g. Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzsche) and topics such as anarchism and socialism.
  
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    PS 526 - 20th-Century Political Theory

    3 hrs.
    Thinkers from V.I. Lenin to Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Vaclav Havel will be analyzed. The course includes schools of contemporary thought such as feminism and postmodernism.
  
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    PS 528 - Topics in Political Science

    3 hrs.
    A special topics course in political science, focused on concepts and subjects not covered in the general survey courses. Topics varies.
  
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    PS 531 - International Law and Organization

    3 hrs.
    The study of the functions of intergovernmental organizations in the modern world system.
  
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    PS 535 - Comparative Foreign Policy

    3 hrs.
    An examination of the foreign policies of other nations.
  
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    PS 550 - Comparative Studies in European Politics

    3 hrs.
    An examination of contemporary West European political systems, including the European Union.
  
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    PS 552 - The Political Systems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth

    3 hrs.
    An analysis of the politics of Great Britain stressing the dynamics of parliamentary government.
  
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    PS 553 - Politics and Protests

    3 hrs.
    Examines political social movements in the United States and abroad. No prerequisite or prior knowledge of the subject is required.
  
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    PS 554 - African Politics and Culture

    3 hrs.
    A survey of the political systems of Africa, including both north Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.
  
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    PS 555 - Women and Human Rights

    3 hrs.
    A comparative examination of the global struggle to expand and protect women's human rights.
  
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    PS 556 - Revolutions and Democracy in Latin America

    3 hrs.
  
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    PS 557 - Political Development

    3 hrs.
    A comparative analysis of political change and modernization.
  
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    PS 558 - Latin American Political and Economic Development

    3 hrs.
  
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    PS 559 - Human Rights

    3 hrs.
    Examination of governmental abuses of human rights and efforts to protect human rights.
  
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    PS 560 - Internet Politics

    3 hrs.
    Examine the role of the Internet on American politics.
  
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    PS 570 - Science, Technology and Politics

    3 hrs.
    The role of politics in science and technology is examined specifically in terms of the impact of elites, the public, and technocrats.
  
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    PS 571 - Politics and Business

    3 hrs.
     An introduction to the role played by business in the political processes in the United States.
  
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    PS 572 - Organization and Management

    3 hrs.
    The "models" or "theories" of organization. Administrative management and alternative models are evaluated as to their potential for authentic public organization.
  
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    PS 574 - The Politics of Taxing and Spending

    3 hrs.
    This course is divided into two areas, budgeting models and their politics; issues such as taxing, fiscal policies, etc., are considered.
  
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    PS 580 - United States Constitutional Law

    3 hrs.
    An examination of the powers of the national government and the relationship between the national and state government using Supreme Court decisions.
  
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    PS 584 - Administrative Law

    3 hrs.
    An analysis of the procedures and powers of federal agencies.
  
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    PS 585 - International Law

    3 hrs.
    The development of the modern law of nations with emphasis on conventions and cases.
  
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    PS 588 - Women and the Law

    3 hrs.
    This course examines the constitutional and legal rights of women in the United States.
  
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    PS 589 - United States Supreme Court and Civil Liberties

    3 hrs.
    An analysis of the role of the United States Supreme Court in protecting individual rights. Primary focus is on litigation involving provisions of the Bill of Rights.
  
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    PS 599 - Study Abroad in Political Science

    3-6 hrs.
    Permission of instructor required to enroll. A seminar conducted on location at various sites around the world taught by faculty with expertise in the subject area.
  
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    PS 611 - Research Methods

    3 hrs.
    An introduction to the theory and practice of research methods in political science.
  
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    PS 612 - Political Analysis

    3 hrs.
    An introduction to the theory and practice of political analysis.
  
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    PS 640 - International Security

    3 hrs.
    This course examines the causes and effects of international security issues and the array of strategies for addressing problems related to war and peace in world politics.
  
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    PS 641 - International Development Theory

    3 hrs.
    This course examines the intellectual heritage and the present global framework for research/practice in international development, including foundations in various disciplines.
  
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    PS 642 - International Political Economy

    3 hrs.
    This course examines the intellectual heritage and the present global framework for research and practice in international political economy.
  
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    PS 643 - Globalization

    3 hrs.
    This course examines globalization and its effects on states, markets, culture, poverty, inequality, and conflict.
  
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    PS 681 - Feminist Political Theory and Jurisprudence

    3 hrs.
    This course will address the question of justice from a feminist perspective.
  
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    PS 691 - Research in Political Science

    1-16 hrs.
  
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    PS 692 - Special Problems

    1-3 hrs. arr.
    The student works individually on a paper in political science under the supervision of a graduate faculty member.
  
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    PS 693 - Internship in Political Science

    Hours. arranged.
    Departmental approval required. Student will work with an employer acting in the public sector in order to form practical experience in political and public affairs.
  
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    PS 697 - Independent Study and Research

    Hours arranged.
    Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
  
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    PS 698 - Thesis

    1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hours.
  
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    PS 700 - Seminar in United States Government

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Course in American national, state, and local government or consent of instructor. May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 721 - Seminar in Political Theory

    3 hrs.
    May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 730 - Seminar in United States Foreign Relations

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): Another course in United States foreign policy or history of United States foreign policy or permission of instructor. A survey of current United States foreign policies and problems. May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 731 - Seminar in International Relations

    3 hrs.
    A survey and analysis of classical and modern world politics. May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 750 - Seminar in Comparative Government and Politics

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): One or more courses in comparative government or permission of the instructor. A research-type course in which each student will perform an intensive study of the political institutions of one country, or of a group of countries having similar governments. May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 757 - Political Development

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): No or prior knowledge of the subject is required. A comparative analysis of political change amd modernization in the developing world.
  
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    PS 770 - Seminar in Public Administration

    3 hrs.
    Course focuses on the modern liberal administrative state. This state is analyzed for its political-philosophical origins. May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 781 - Seminar in Public Law

    3 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): A course in constitutional law or consent of the instructor. A research course in which the students examine in-depth various aspects of the judicial system and its relationship to other elements in the political process. May be taken twice for credit.
  
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    PS 799 - British Studies: Advanced Seminar in British Politics

    3-6 hrs.
    Lecture series and research in British politics offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International and Continuing Education.

Polymer Science

  
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    PSC 510 - Safety Principles and Procedures in the Chemical Sciences

    1 hr.
    Common laboratory hazards and their remediation.
  
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    PSC 550 - Polymer Characterization

    3 hrs.
    Macromolecular chemical structure and morphological characterization using state-of-the-art spectroscopic techniques and methods
  
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    PSC 550L - Laboratory for PSC 550

    1 hr.
  
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    PSC 570 - Surface Coatings

    4 hrs.
    Study of the physical and chemical properties of the pigments, binders, solvents, and additives employed in surface coatings formulations, paint formulation, dispersion techniques, surface preparation, paint testing, nonpolluting application techniques, and surface coatings formulations analysis.
  
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    PSC 570L - Laboratory for PSC 570

    1 hr.
  
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    PSC 691 - Research in Polymer Science

    1-16 hrs.
    May be repeated
  
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    PSC 697 - Independent Study and Research

    Hours arranged.
    Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of thesis, but who are actively working on a thesis, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university, must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
  
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    PSC 698 - Thesis

    1-6 hrs. for a total of 6 hrs.
  
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    PSC 701 - Organic Polymer Chemistry I

    3 hrs.
    Reaction mechanisms, polymer concepts, step-growth polymerization, and polymer reactivity.
  
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    PSC 702 - Organic Polymer Chemistry II

    3 hrs.
    Kinetics, free radical reaction mechanisms, homogeneous chain growth polymerization of vinyl compounds, copolymerization, and degradation of polymers.
  
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    PSC 703 - Organic Polymer Chemistry III

    3 hrs.
    Methods of studying stereochemistry of polymers, anionic and cationic polymerization, and polymerization via homo- and heterogeneous catalysis.
  
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    PSC 710 - Polymer Physical Chemistry I: Solution Properties

    3 hrs.
    A study of polymer chain conformation, solution thermodynamics, phase equilibria, and transport phenomena.
  
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    PSC 711 - Polymer Physical Chemistry II: Characterization

    3 hrs.
    Polymer characterization to include light scattering, end group analysis, osmometry, fractionation, viscometry, gel permeation chromatography, and molecular weight distributions.
  
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    PSC 712 - Polymer Physical Chemistry III: Solid State

    3 hrs.
    Morphology, crystallization, entropyelasticity, viscoelasticity, glass transition, interfaces of polymers.
  
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    PSC 720 - Polymer Techniques I

    2 hrs.
    Laboratory methods of polymer synthesis, structural determination, and characterization.
  
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    PSC 721 - Polymer Techniques II

    2 hrs.
    Laboratory methods of polymer synthesis, structural determination, and characterization.
  
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    PSC 730 - Polymer Rheology

    2 hrs.
    The elastic and viscosity properties of polymer solutions and melts will be studied from a molecular and engineering perspective.
  
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    PSC 740 - Polymer Kinetics

    2 hrs.
    Introduction to polymerization kinetics.
  
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    PSC 745 - Introduction to Continuum Mechanics

    2 hrs.
    A unified, mathematically rigorous approach to the mechanics of solids and fluids using the unifying mathematical framework of Cartesian vectors and tensors.
  
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    PSC 789 - Polymer Science Seminar

    1 hr.
    May be repeated each semester while in residence.
  
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    PSC 791 - Research

    Hrs. arr. 1-16 hrs.
    May be repeated.
  
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    PSC 797 - Independent Study and Research

    Hours arranged.
    Not to be counted as credit toward a degree. Students actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university may enroll in this course. Students who are not in residence and are not enrolled in at least 3 hours of dissertation, but who are actively working on a dissertation, consulting with the major professor, or using other resources of the university, must enroll in this course for at least 3 hours each semester.
  
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    PSC 801 - Structure and Elasticity of Polymer Networks

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 703  and PSC 712 , or permission of instructor. Study of the structure, elasticity, and mechanical properties of polymer networks.
  
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    PSC 803 - Polymer Composite Blends and IPN

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 703  and PSC 712 , or permission of instructor. Deals with modern composites, with discussions of high performance fibers, matrices, and interphases with relevant material included from the areas of blends and interpenetrating networks.
  
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    PSC 804 - Naturally Occurring Polymers

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 703  and PSC 712 , or permission of instructor. Study of the structure-property relationships of naturally occurring polymers, including polysaccharides, proteins, and nucleic acids.
  
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    PSC 805 - Surface Coatings

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 703  and PSC 712 , or permission of instructor. Scientific principles underlying surface coatings science are studied in depth.
  
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    PSC 806 - Industrial Monomer and Polymer Science

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 703  and PSC 712 , or permission of instructor. Industrial monomer and polymer science.
  
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    PSC 807 - Testing of Polymers

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 703  and PSC 712 , or permission of instructor. Testing of polymers: adhesives, coatings, fibers, plastics, and elastomers.
  
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    PSC 808 - Polymer Processing Principles

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 730  and PSC 740 , or permission of instructor. Use of transport phenomena to quantitatively describe mass, energy, and momentum changes involved in polymer processes such as mixing, extrusion, and molding.
  
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    PSC 809 - Morphology of Oriented Polymers

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 710 , PSC 712  Advanced polymer morphology.
  
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    PSC 810 - Physical Properties of Macromolecular Solids

    2 hrs.
    Prerequisite(s): PSC 710  and PSC 711 , or permission of instructor. Advanced study of glassy and crystalline physical state of macromolecular solids emphasizing the influence of morphological structure.
 

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