About the Program
The Bachelor of Science in Textile Materials Technology (TMT) prepares students to work in a global industry that includes fiber-engineered products for medical, geotextiles, architecture, fiber-reinforces composites and traditional apparel and home-furnishing applications. TMT program is comprised of thirteen (13) core textile courses, which delineate all TMT majors. The true interdisciplinary nature of Textile Materials Technology is realized in the student’s ability to select advanced work in one of the five, 9-course concentrations:
Sports and High Performance Materials involves the selection, specification, and design of equipment and clothing materials for the enhancement of human performance. Qualified TMT students could complete two graduatelevel courses to facilitate a transition into the M.S. Textile Engineering program.
Product Safety & Materials Evaluation is a natural outgrowth of the research activities of the Institute for Textile and Apparel Product Safety (ITAPS) and the Laboratory for Engineered Human Protection (LEHP) at the Philadelphia University Research Center. Qualified TMT students could complete two graduate-level courses to facilitate a transition into the M.S. Textile Engineering program.
The Commerce concentration is designed to collaborate with the School of Business Administration. Students may select courses that focus on international marketing and management or select courses that enable a pre-MBA concentration that leads to the completion of a BS/MBA in 5-years of study.
Textile Conservation & Forensics evolved through collaboration with the faculty in the School of Science and Health on course development and research, e.g. forensic chemistry. Utilization of the textile & costume collection at the Design Center and the museums and conservation laboratories in and around Philadelphia will enable a new focus for research and internships using textiles and related materials. Sustainability allows an in-depth analysis of textile processes that are distinct to the industry and provide students with sufficient depth of knowledge to make informed decisions about the future of textile related businesses. Students could conceivably double-major with the Environmental Sustainability major offered in the School of Liberal Arts. Qualified TMT students could complete two graduate-level courses to facilitate a transition into the M.S. Sustainable Design program.
Another dimension of the program will be to educate and graduate fully integrated individuals who possess the technical and social competence and confidence to succeed in professional practice and advanced education, be lifelong learners and exercise responsible stewardship.