Course description

This course introduces the properties and performance of textile materials and processes for FSAD majors and provides a general overview of the textile industry from a scientific perspective. Focus is on materials used in apparel and home furnishing markets. This course may also be used to fill a science requirement for non-FSAD majors in Human Ecology. Chemistry and mechanics of typical materials and processes used in the textile industry will be addressed with emphasis placed on the relationship between the materials and processes used and the final properties of the fabric.

Outcome 1: Gain knowledge to effectively communicate on the core principles of fibers, yarn, and textiles.

Outcome 2: Classify and describe the physical and chemical characteristics of fibers/yarns, and how their properties contribute to a textile’s end use application.

Outcome 3: Relate the chemistry of fibers to dyeing processes.

Outcome 4: Apply mathematical principles to characterize fibers and yarns.

Outcome 5: Recognize methods of fiber/yarn production.

Outcome 6: Distinguish between the major methods of textile production and be able to predict how these textile structures will affect properties of the final fabric.

Outcome 7: Be aware of common finishing for fibers and textiles.

Outcome 8: Learn about the sustainability issues associated from fiber to finish.

Counts toward the Fiber Science and Fashion Studies minors.


Corequisite for FSAD majors: FSAD 1360.

Summer 2024: Online course