Textiles, Merchandising, Fashion Design

Textile Science Option

The textile science option integrates the development, acquisition, distribution, and utilization of textiles. As a student in this program, you will gain a broad knowledge base in both physical and social sciences, as related to the study of textiles, clothing and design, and will be prepared for advanced studies or a career in textiles and clothing such as production, testing or technical service.

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Program Features

Hands-On Experience

Apply what you've learned and gain practical experience through an internship. Students have completed internships with organizations such as F2NYC Accessories in New York City, Home Shopping Network in St. Petersburg, Florida and Sweat Ethic in Corona, California.


Prepare for a career in a technology-dominated workplace by gaining experience with state-of-the-art industry software, including inventory control information systems, spreadsheet analysis and 3D Visual Merchant.

Student Organizations

Develop your professional network and interact with peers who have similar interests by joining a recognized student organization such as the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists.

Global Experiences

Explore culture, design and fashion in Germany or gain insights into the apparel industry and fashion design in Korea during faculty-led global experiences.

Notable Courses

TMFD 112: Product Development I: Garment Assembly

Technical experience in stitch applications, garment construction and finishes, and fundamental fit. Experiences in diverse disciplines within the department and their relation to global industries.

TMFD 145: Color Studio: Theory and Practice

Explore color concepts in two- and three-dimensional formats. Emphasis on applications to visual merchandising, product development and fashion design.

TMFD 406: Textile Testing and Evaluation

Physical and chemical analysis of textiles using standard testing procedures. The calculation, interpretation and evaluation of test results.

TMFD 410: Body, Dress and Identity

Theories and research findings about the social, cultural and psychological aspects of clothing and appearance in relation to the self and others.

TMFD 428: Coloration

Application classes of dyes. Physical and chemical properties of dyes within each class, methods of dye-fiber association, fastness properties of dyes and recommended application procedures.

CHEM 251: Organic Chemistry I (and lab)

Chemistry of carbon compounds including basic principles of bonding and structure, properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, stereochemistry and spectroscopy.

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  • Quality Engineer, Guilford Performance Textiles
  • Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Senior Consumer Scientist, Whirlpool Corp.
  • Textile & Apparel Designer, Cabela's

Graduate Schools

  • M.A., Apparel Design, Nebraska
  • M.S. Textile Science, Nebraska
  • MBA@Nebraska

Have Questions? We're Here to Help

If you have questions about the Textile Science option within the Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design major, contact us.

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