University Catalog 2023-2024

Polymer and Color Chemistry (BS): Medical Sciences 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 (PCC) 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 106Polymer Chemistry and Environmental Sustainability (Polymer Synth. Sustain. the Env.)3
TE 200Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering3
TE 201Fiber Science4
TMS 212Yarn and Fabric Formation and Properties2
PCC 301Technology of Dyeing and Finishing3
PCC 304Technology of Dyeing & Finishing Laboratory1
CH 331Introductory Physical Chemistry3
or TE 303 Thermodynamics for Textile Engineers
PCC 350Introduction to Color Science and Its Applications2
PCC 354Intro to Color Science Laboratory1
PCC 201Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society3
PCC 412Textile Chemical Analysis2
PCC 414Textile Chemistry Analysis Lab1
PCC 442Theory of Physico-Chemical Processes in Textiles II3
PCC 461Chemistry of Polymeric Materials3
PCC 464Chemistry of Polymeric Materials Laboratory1
BCH 451Principles of Biochemistry3
or PCC 471 The Chemistry of Synthetic and Natural Bipolymers
MA 131Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A3
or MA 141 Calculus I
MA 231Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B3
or MA 241 Calculus II
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
BIO 181Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity4
BIO 183Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology4
PY 211College Physics I4
or PY 205/206 Physics for Engineers and Scientists I
PY 212College Physics II4
or PY 208/209 Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
MB 351General Microbiology3
MB 352General Microbiology Laboratory1
Major Electives
Economics Elective3
PCC Electives5
Advised Electives8
GEP Courses
GEP Humanities6
GEP Social Sciences3
GEP Health and Exercise Studies2
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion3
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives2
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 1GEP100 Level English Composition3
ENG 202Disciplinary Perspectives in Writing3

Economics Elective

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

PCC Electives

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

Advised Electives

Choice of advised electives depends on the health-related field (e.g. Dentistry, Medical, Optometry, Pharmacy, etc.) and entrance requirements of health professional graduate degree programs. In addition to courses on this list, you can choose any 300 or 400-level CH course.
BEC 475Global Regulatory Affairs for Medical Products3
BIO 240Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (A): Nervous, Skeletal, Muscular, & Digestive Systems4
BIO 245Principles of Human Anatomy & Physiology (B): Endocrine, Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems4
BIO 414Cell Biology3
GN 311Principles of Genetics4
MB 411Medical Microbiology3
MT 366Biotextile Product Development3
MT 381Medical Textile and the Regulatory Environment3
MT 432Evaluation of Biotextiles3
ST 311Introduction to Statistics3
STS/PHI 325Bio-Medical Ethics3
ZO 250Animal Anatomy and Physiology4

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 2
PCC 104 Introduction to Polymer and Color Chemistry Lab 1
MA 131
Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A
or Calculus I
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 Chemistry and Environmental Sustainability (Polymer Synth. Sustain. the Env.) 3
CH 221 Organic Chemistry I 3
CH 222 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
MA 231
Calculus for Life and Management Sciences B
or Calculus II
BIO 181 Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity 4
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
PY 211 College Physics I 4
BIO 183 Introductory Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology 4
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 212
College Physics II
or Physics for Engineers and Scientists II
Economics Elective 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
TE 303
Thermodynamics for Textile Engineers
or Introductory Physical Chemistry
GEP Health and Exercise Studies 1
Spring Semester
PCC 350 Introduction to Color Science and Its Applications (CP) 2
PCC 354 Intro to Color Science Laboratory 1
GEP Humanities 6
GEP Social Sciences 3
Advised Electives 3
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
PCC 201 Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society 3
PCC 442 Theory of Physico-Chemical Processes in Textiles II 3
PCC Electives 3
MB 351 General Microbiology 3
MB 352 General Microbiology Laboratory 1
Advised Electives 3
Spring Semester
PCC 412 Textile Chemical Analysis 2
PCC 414 Textile Chemistry Analysis Lab 1
BCH 451
Principles of Biochemistry
or The Chemistry of Synthetic and Natural Bipolymers
GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives 2-3
GEP US Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 3
Advised Electives 2
 Total Hours120