Merchandising Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Merchandising integrates the application of planning and management principles, the perspective of history and the science of textile chemistry in a rich, challenging learning environment. State-of-the-industry software including inventory control information systems, spreadsheet analysis and 3D Visual Merchant prepare you for a career in a technology-dominated workplace.

The program emphasizes textiles, basic design, and fashion theory, as well as basic skills and techniques in production and distribution of textiles and apparel. You will also complete a business minor through UNL's College of Business Administration. This collaboration between the two colleges requires that students maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for careers in product development, promotion, visual merchandising and the buying and selling of textiles and apparel products.

Excellence in Teaching


  • The Buckle corporate headquarters, Kearney, NE (several alumni in merchandising, design and product development)
  • Artful Dodger, ROC Apparel Group LLC, NYC (sales)
  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (management training)
  • Saks Fifth Avenue, NYC (assistant buyer)
  • J. Crew corporate, NYC (merchandising manager)
  • J.C. Penney corp. headquarters, Plano, TX (management/merchandising/product development)
  • Stella Boutique, Lincoln, NE (founded/operated by alumni)
  • Joe Fresh, NYC / Canada (design and product development, marketing and merchandising)
  • Tomboy, Inc., Kansas City, MO (assistant technical designer)

Application to this program


Bachelor of Science 4-Year Plan

Year 1

Semester 1 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
AHIS 101 Cave Paintings to Cathedrals 3 cr
MATH 101 College Algebra 3 cr
TMFD 123 Clothing and Human Behavior 3 cr
ENGL 150, ENGL 151 3 cr
TMFD 104 Computer Basics for TMFD 1 cr
Total Credits 13
Semester 2 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
AHIS 102 Renaissance to Modern Art 3 cr
TMFD 112 Product Development I: Garment Assembly 3 cr
TMFD 145 Color Studio: Theory and Practice 3 cr
TMFD 144 Introduction to Design Theory and Criticism 3 cr
PSYC 181 Introduction to Psychology 4 cr
Total Credits 16

Year 2

Semester 3 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I 4 cr
TMFD 146 Visualization Studio 3 cr
TMFD 206 Textiles 3 cr
TMFD 212 Product Development II: Apparel Analysis and Development 3 cr
Select from: TMFD 216, TMFD 425, TMFD 428, TMFD 493, TMFD 492, TMFD 498 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Semester 4 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
ACCT 200 Accounting for Business Decisions 3 cr
ECON 200 Economic Essentials and Issues 3 cr
TMFD 213 Merchandising I: Textile and Apparel Industry 3 cr
STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics 3 cr
Select from: JGEN 120, JGEN 200, JGEN 220, COMM 286 3 cr
Total Credits 15

Year 3

Semester 5 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
MNGT 300 Management Essentials for Contemporary Organizations 3 cr
MRKT 300 Contemporary Marketing 3 cr
TMFD 312 Product Development III: Fashion Analysis and Presentation 3 cr
TMFD 313 Merchandising II: Merchandise Buying and Control 3 cr
TMFD 405/805 Advanced Textiles 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 6 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Elective 4 cr
FINA 300 Financial Decision Making 3 cr
TMFD 314 Textiles and Apparel Merchandising and Promotion 3 cr
TMFD 410/810 Socio-Psychological Aspects of Clothing 3 cr
Select from: TMFD 216, TMFD 425, TMFD 428, TMFD 493, TMFD 492, TMFD 498 3 cr
Total Credits 16
Summer Sessions
Course Credit Hours
TMFD 498 or TMFD 492 2 cr
Total Credits 2

Year 4

Semester 7 · Fall
Course Credit Hours
BLAW 300 Business, Government & Society 3 cr
TMFD 407/807 History of Costume 3 cr
TMFD 412/812 Product Development IV: Trend Analysis and Product Conceptualization 3 cr
TMFD 422/822 International Textile and Apparel Sourcing 3 cr
Electives 3 cr
Total Credits 15
Semester 8 · Spring
Course Credit Hours
Elective 3 cr
TMFD 406/806 Textile Testing and Evaluation 3 cr
TMFD 408/808 History of Textiles 3 cr
TMFD 413/813 Merchandising III: Textiles and Apparel Merchandise Development and Retail Strategies 3 cr
Total Credits 12

This document represents a sample 4-year plan for degree completion with this major. Actual course selection and sequence may vary and should be discussed individually with your college or department academic adviser. Advisers also can help you plan other experiences to enrich your undergraduate education such as internships, education abroad, undergraduate research, learning communities, and service learning and community-based learning.