The Ph.D. in Polymer, Fiber and Textile Sciences offers you the opportunity to study:

  • Polymers and fibers
  • Fabrication of advanced multifunctional fibers and their surface functionalization of advanced multifunctional fibers
  • Stimuli-responsive fibers and nanostructured biomaterials
  • Biobased plastics/composites
  • Biodegradable polymer products
  • Enzymatic treatment of textiles
  • Smart textiles
  • Apparel
  • Medical textiles
  • Analytical chemistry and characterization of fibers and textiles
  • Product design and development
  • Quality and statistical analysis
  • Environmental chemistry

Major Requirements

  • TXMI 8120 Polymer Science 3 hours
  • TXMI 8180 Physics of Polymer and Fiber Structures 3 hours
  • TXMI 8130 Chemical and Instrumental Analysis of Polymers and Fibers 3 hours
  • TXMI 8000 Biomaterials based on Polymers, Fibers, and Textiles 3 hours
  • TXMI 8900 Graduate Seminar (1 hour; for 8 semesters = 8 credit hours)

Subtotal = 20 hours

  • TXMI 9000 Doctoral Research, 3- 9 hours; at least 25 hours for the program; it is recommended 3-5 hours for the first two semester; 6-9 hours for the following semesters
  • TXMI 9300 Dissertation, 6 hours

Subtotal = 31 hours

  • Supporting courses in chemistry, physics, biological sciences, engineering, mathematics, statistics, or environmental sciences; TXMI 8050 Research Methods; Minimum of 6 hours at the 8000 level.

Subtotal = 9 hours

Total core = 51 hours + 9 hours of supporting = 60 hours

Depending on your undergraduate major and previous course work, you may be required to complete undergraduate courses* (this may include General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry plus one of the following:

Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or Chemical Thermodynamics.

*Undergraduate credit hours do not count toward your graduate degree and are not listed on the program of study.

Graduate Courses

  • TXMI 6100 Advanced Textiles
  • TXMI 6110 Chemical Treatments of Polymers and Fibers I
  • TXMI 6120 Chemical Treatments of Polymers and Fibers II
  • TXMI 6150 Nonwovens Science and Technology
  • TXMI 6160 Product Development in the Textile and Apparel Industries
  • TXMI 6900 Special Topics
  • TXMI 8110-8110L Physical Analysis of Polymers, Fibers, and Textiles
  • TXMI 8120 Polymer Science I
  • TXMI 8130 Chemical and Instrumental Analysis of Polymers
  • TXMI 8140 Environmental Aspects of Polymers, Fiber and Textile Structures
  • TXMI 8170 Color Science
  • TXMI 8180 Physics of Polymer Fiber and Textile Structures
  • TXMI 8500 Contemporary Topics in Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors
  • TXMI 8190 Polymer Science II
  • TXMI 8900 Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors Seminar
  • TXMI 9010 Direct Research
  • TXMI 9005 Doctoral graduate Student Seminar