American Chemical Society Certification

The B.S. in Polymer and Color Chemistry is a flexible, rigorous program in applied chemistry that provides courses in fundamental chemistry, while incorporating the unique areas of applied 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 materials, textile wet processing (i.e. preparation and finishing), chemistry of textile auxiliaries as well as the science of color perception and color measurement.

The Polymer and Color Chemistry (ACS Certified) degree is unique in North America and serves the textile, polymer and color-based industries by providing high quality chemists prepared to enter any chemistry graduate program with specialized skills that are in demand. The program is designed to expose students to the technical and scholarly disciplines of polymer chemistry, fiber formation, color physics, dyeing, finishing, and chemical modification of fabrics, and gives them an opportunity to learn how basic disciplines are applied in an industrial environment.

Career Options

  • Forensic Chemist
  • Color Scientist / Manager
  • Plant / Development Chemist
  • Polymer Scientist / Chemist
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • R & D Chemist
  • Physician / Dentist / Pharmacologist / Optometrist
  • Academic / Professor
  • Process Manager
  • Technical Manager / Sales
  • Production / Business Manager
  • Laboratory Director

The Details

The American Chemical Society (ACS) Certified concentration is designed for students wishing to pursue advanced studies in chemistry and related subjects.

Engineering level calculus and physics are required. Also, the degree requires Calculus III and Differential Equations.

Two semesters of Physical Chemistry are also required.

A minimum grade of C- is required to successfully pass: CH101, CH102, CH201, CH202, CH221, CH222, CH223, CH224, CH431, CH433, ENG101, MA141, MA241, MA242, PY205, PY208, PCC106, PCC301, PCC461.

Advised Electives Group 2: Select one from ARE201, EC201, EC205

PCC Electives: Select one from PCC402, PCC407, PCC410, PCC420, PCC466, PCC474, PCC490, CH441, PCC492, PCC474, PCC490, CH441, PCC492C

It is relatively easy to obtain a double degree in four years in PCC and Chemistry in this concentration. This degree is also ideal for those planning to go to Graduate School.

Courses & Curricula


For More Information

Contact Dr. Ahmed El-Shafei, TECS Department, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University