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Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences

The Ph.D. in Polymer, Fiber and Textile Sciences offers you the opportunity to explore and research topics such as:

  • 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 total hours for the program; it is recommended 3-5 hours for the first two semesters; 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, 3 hours
  • Minimum of 6 hours at the 8000 levels.

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
  • Chemical Thermodynamics

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

List of Potential Graduate Courses Offered:

  • 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
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