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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

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Certificate in Industrial Plastics Processing and Design

Not accepting new students as of Fall 2012.

This certificate is an interdisciplinary program sponsored by the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments. Study includes industrial production processes, material testing procedures, economics of the polymerics industry and degradation of polymerics. Students complete an individual project, consisting of the design of an item, choice of proper polymeric material for the particular application, choice of the processing operation and construction of the necessary molding tools and testing of the completed device. Contact the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.


1. A bachelor's degree in engineering. The certificate may be awarded concurrently with the degree.

2. Satisfactory completion of 22 units minimum from the courses listed below:

  • Polymeric Processing:
    • Take all the following courses:
      • CHE 200 Chemical Engineering Fundamentals (3)
        Prerequisites: CHEM 111A, MATH 122, PHYS 151 all with a grade of "C" or better .
        Corequisite: CHE 210
      • MAE 471 Analysis Design of Machine Components (3)
        Prerequisites: MAE 373 and MAE 375 all with a grade of "C" or better.
    • Take one of the following courses:
      • MAE 472, MAE 476
    • Take a minimum of 3 units in either of the following:
      • CHE 490 Special Problems (1‑3)
        Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
      • MAE 491 Special Problems (1-3)
        Prerequisite: Senior standing.
  • Properties of Polymers:
    • MAE 373 Mechanics of Deformable Bodies (3)
      Prerequisite: CE 205 with a grade of "C" or better.
    • MAE 374 Mechanical Properties of Materials Lab (1)
      Prerequisites: ENGL 100 or equivalent, MAE 373, and MAE 300 all with a grade of "C" or better or consent of instructor.

3. Approval of the certificate committee for admission to the certificate program. An advisor will be appointed to you at that time.

4. The advisor's approval of your completion of the special project.

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