Plastics & Composites Engineering

Plastics Students collaborating

At a Glance

Degree Type

Bachelor of Science

Total Credits



ABET accredited





Lisa Ochs

Pre-major Advisor

Nicole Larson

Program Director

Important Documents

Program Overview

Western's Engineering and Design department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Plastics and Composites Engineering. This program prepares students for productive, professional careers in the plastics and composites industries. The technical curriculum is built upon a firm base of mathematics, physics, chemistry, and materials science, and provides extensive coverage of polymeric and composite materials and processing methods. Practical experience in design, materials, processing, economics, testing, and analysis is a crucial part of the hands-on curriculum that is provided in the program's extensive and well-equipped laboratory facilities. The Plastics & Composites Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Accreditation and enrollment numbers are available on our Assessment and Accreditation page.  

Through these experiences, students learn to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to solve practical, application-based problems in industry. Our curriculum is designed through close collaboration with a committee of industry experts, preparing our graduates to be professionally competitive upon graduation. Additionally, students have the opportunity to work on industry projects with faculty during their coursework, and most students choose to partner with a company for their year-long senior project.

The PCE program was recently ranked as one of the best programs across the nation.


Learn more about the Plastics & Composites Engineering program!


Juliana Covarrubias

"The PCE major is an incredible program that facilitates learning through an experience based approach which prepares young professionals for both industry and graduate studies.”

2021 Jarvis Memorial Summer Research Award Recipient

2021 John Hoggatt Memorial Scholarship recipient, SAMPE Seattle Chapter

Senior, Class of 2022
Discarded plastic from the ocean

PCE faculty and students are working on growing a circular economy out of plastic from our oceans.  


Windows Magazine Winter 2021


Anna Novack

The PCE program has classes tailored towards aerospace companies like Boeing. Many classes like Intro to CAD, Advanced Composites, and Quality Assurance utilize software that companies use. The program also structures it’s courses heavily around teamwork, which prepares you for the large amount of team-based projects in industry. 

Plastics & Composites Engineering, Class of 2021

Manufacturing Engineer

Material Science Minor

Learn about WWU's Advanced Materials Science & Engineering Center, an interdisciplinary center that promotes collaborative research for students, industry, and faculty.  AMSEC offers a minor in material science that can be a benefit for PCE students.