Interdisciplinary Programs



Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program

The Macro Program at the University of Michigan is one of the very few where the students can achieve competence in both the traditional discipline of their choice and the interdisciplinary field of Macromolecular Science and Engineering.  It is a unique graduate program structure that allows a tailor fitting by the students to their individual interests while permitting the faculty to train the students in the program to a high level of competence.  


The goal of the interdisciplinary Program in Macromolecular Science and Engineering is to provide the academic and research basis for studies in the science and technology of synthetic and natural macromolecules.  Such large molecules exhibit unusual and specific properties as compared to small molecules and a large field has developed in unraveling the scientific foundations of this behavior, both in the synthetic as well as the biological areas.  

A Doctor of Philosophy Degree is offered in Macromolecular Science and Engineering with concentrations in these areas:


  • Biomaterials Engineering

  • Biomedical Engineering

  • Chemistry (synthetic or physical)

  • Chemical Engineering

  • Materials Science and Engineering

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Organic Electronics and Photonics

  • Physics


The faculty members are drawn from the departments listed above; thus making the program a truly cooperative and interdisciplinary endeavor. The faculty believes that this approach taken permits the students to eventually make a more significant contribution to macromolecular science.  It also allows the students to develop the self-confidence needed to adapt to the changes inherent in modern research and development.


Applied Physics

Applied Physics is an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program that bridges physics with emerging engineering. Michigan has a distinguished record of innovation in Applied Physics. With a broad range of multidisciplinary research and access to the most advanced facilities, the program offers a dynamic environment for graduate training. Structured to meet individual goals, our curriculum allows research training blending the discipline of physics with chemistry, engineering, environmental science, geology, medicine, natural resources and public policy.