Polymer and Color Chemistry (BS): ACS Certification Concentration

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The B.S. in Polymer and Color Chemistry is a flexible and rigorous program that provides courses in fundamental chemistry, while incorporating some unique areas of applied chemistry in polymer and color chemistry. The applied courses are heavily oriented to the chemistry and technology of polymers, including polymer synthesis, extrusion and characterization. In addition, the color chemistry component of the degree includes the synthesis and application of dyes and other compounds associated with the coloration of textiles, fibers, and other materials, as well as the science of color perception and color measurement.

The degree program offers three concentrations: American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified, Science and Operations and Medical Sciences. The ACS Certified concentration is designed for students wishing to pursue advanced studies in chemistry and related subjects and the Medical Sciences Concentration is for those students who wish to pursue medical school, dental school, pharmacy or optometry. This concentration includes all courses a student will need for application to these professional programs. Each concentration incorporates a number of electives allowing students to develop focus areas, including medical textiles, polymer chemistry, and color chemistry.

More information about the degrees is available on the the TECS PCC website. 


Dr. Ahmed El-Shafei
TECS Department
Wilson College of Textiles

Plan Requirements

T 101Strategies for Success in the Wilson College of Textiles1
Writing & Speaking
Acad Writing Research 14
Major Requirements
PCC 101Introduction to Polymer and Color Chemistry2
PCC 104Introduction to Polymer and Color Chemistry Lab1
PCC 106 (Polymer Synth. Sustain. the Env.)3
TE 200Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering3
TE 201Fiber Science4
TMS 212Yarn and Fabric Formation and Properties2
PCC 201Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society3
PCC 301Technology of Dyeing and Finishing3
PCC 304Technology of Dyeing & Finishing Laboratory1
PCC 350Introduction to Color Science and Its Applications2
PCC 354Intro to Color Science Laboratory1
PCC 412Textile Chemical Analysis2
PCC 414Textile Chemistry Analysis Lab1
PCC 442Theory of Physico-Chemical Processes in Textiles II3
PCC 461Chemistry of Polymeric Materials3
PCC 462Characterization and Physical Properties of Polymers3
PCC 464Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory1
PCC 471The Chemistry of Synthetic and Natural Bipolymers3
MA 141Calculus I4
MA 241Calculus II4
MA 242Calculus III4
MA 341Applied Differential Equations I3
CH 101Chemistry - A Molecular Science3
CH 102General Chemistry Laboratory1
CH 201Chemistry - A Quantitative Science3
CH 202Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory1
CH 221Organic Chemistry I3
CH 222Organic Chemistry I Lab1
CH 223Organic Chemistry II3
CH 224Organic Chemistry II Lab1
CH 431Physical Chemistry I3
CH 433Physical Chemistry II3
CH 401Systematic Inorganic Chemistry I3
PY 205
PY 206
Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory
PY 208
PY 209
Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
and Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory
ST 370Probability and Statistics for Engineers3
Major Electives
Economics Elective3
PCC Electives4
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts)3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives2
GEP U.S. Diversity (verify requirement)
GEP Global Knowledge (verify requirement)
Foreign Language Proficiency (verify requirement)
Total Hours120

Acad Writing Research

Acad Writing Research
ENG 101Academic Writing and Research4
FLE 101Academic Writing and Research4
Transfer Sequence
ENG 202Disciplinary Perspectives in Writing3
ENG 1GEP100 Level English Composition3

Economics Elective

EC 201Principles of Microeconomics3
EC 205Fundamentals of Economics3
ARE 201Introduction to Agricultural & Resource Economics3

PCC Electives

Choose from the approved list or any 300 or 400-level CH course
PCC 274Introduction to Forensic Science3
PCC 404Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Fiber Formation3
PCC 420Textile Dyeing and Printing3
PCC 466Polymer Chemistry Laboratory3
PCC 474Forensic Chemistry Laboratory3
PCC 490Undergraduate Research in Polymer and Color Chemistry1-6
T 497Independent Research in Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science I1-3

Semester Sequence

This is a sample.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
T 101 Strategies for Success in the Wilson College of Textiles 1
PCC 101 Introduction to Polymer and Color Chemistry (CP) 2
PCC 104 Introduction to Polymer and Color Chemistry Lab 1
MA 141 Calculus I 4
CH 101 Chemistry - A Molecular Science 3
CH 102 General Chemistry Laboratory 1
ENG 101 Academic Writing and Research 4
Spring Semester
PCC 106 Polymer Synth. Sustain. the Env. CP 3
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MA 241 Calculus II 4
GEP Humanities 3
Economics Elective 3
Second Year
Fall Semester
TE 200 Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering (CP) 3
CH 223 Organic Chemistry II 3
CH 224 Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
MA 242 Calculus III 4
PY 205 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I 3
PY 206 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I Laboratory 1
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
TE 201 Fiber Science 4
CH 201 Chemistry - A Quantitative Science 3
CH 202 Quantitative Chemistry Laboratory 1
PY 208 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II 3
PY 209 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II Laboratory 1
MA 341 Applied Differential Equations I 3
Third Year
Fall Semester
PCC 461 Chemistry of Polymeric Materials (CP) 3
PCC 464 Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory 1
PCC 301 Technology of Dyeing and Finishing (CP) 3
PCC 304 Technology of Dyeing & Finishing Laboratory 1
TMS 212 Yarn and Fabric Formation and Properties 2
CH 431 Physical Chemistry I 3
Spring Semester
PCC 350 Introduction to Color Science and Its Applications (CP) 2
PCC 354 Intro to Color Science Laboratory 1
PCC 462 Characterization and Physical Properties of Polymers 3
CH 433 Physical Chemistry II 3
ST 370 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2-3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PCC 442 Theory of Physico-Chemical Processes in Textiles II 3
CH 401 Systematic Inorganic Chemistry I 3
PCC 201 Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society 3
PCC Electives 4
GEP Humanities 3
Spring Semester
PCC 412 Textile Chemical Analysis 2
PCC 414 Textile Chemistry Analysis Lab 1
PCC 471 The Chemistry of Synthetic and Natural Bipolymers 3
GEP Additional Breadth (Humanities/Social Sciences/Visual and Performing Arts) 3
GEP Social Sciences 3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
 Total Hours120