Polymer and Color Chemistry
Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry & Science
The Polymer and Color Chemistry program is a new rigorous degree program, modernized from our former BS in Textile Chemistry. Our students learn core physical science subjects yet focus in one of a number of important applied chemistry related fields. The Polymer and Color Chemistry program is unique in North America in that it addresses the science and technology of the fascinating fields of polymers and color chemistry. As such, our program is highly relevant to many chemical, retail, and textile industries, as well as environmental and medical science.
The degree is highly flexible with many electives that allow students to easily double major (e.g., in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering) and focus in areas that include:
You are strongly encouraged to gain career-related experience prior to graduation in the form of an internship, summer job, or co-op. Textile Career Services is available to all Textile students to assist in finding complimentary work experience. The college provides a specialized career placement office and conducts helpful programs like resume and interview skills workshops throughout the academic year. Over 60% of Textile Seniors have completed work experiences outside the classroom by graduation. Although course credit is available for this experience through the College of Textiles, many students simply complete their internships for the experience, as well as for helping them determine potential career paths. Textile students mainly participate in paid work experiences.
Co-op is a program of alternating semesters of work and school. Paid work terms of increasing responsibility enable students to graduate with the minimum equivalent of one year of relevant work experience. Full-time enrollment during the semester prior to the first work term is required. You can begin co-op after completion of at least two semesters (30 credit hours) at NC State (one semester for transfers and graduate students). An NC State transcript must show grades and admission to a degree program. A minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 (3.00 for graduate students) is required. The Co-op Office web site lists the Orientation Schedule, which is the first step to program participation.
Internships are typically full-time during the summer or (for some) part-time during the semester. You can start interning or seeking summer jobs related to your field, whenever you are ready. The Textitles Career Services provides services to help you get started.
Participate in ePack, the Career Center's on-line system that connects employees with students through internship postings, on-campus interviews, information sessions, and resume searches. You may activate your ePack account at any time.
Internship ExampleThe College of Textiles does have a formal internship program for students between their junior and senior years. Academic credit is only awarded when a student goes through this formal internship program.
During the past summer, many Textile students participated in internships and summer jobs with companies like Milliken & Company, Belk Department Stores, Sara Lee Knit Products, Polo Ralph Lauren Childrenswear, BCBG Max Azria, Rebecca Taylor, Tuleh, & Marc Jacobs.
Internship projects ranged from working with fashion photographers to market a new clothing line to developing a new apparel product line for the Fall season to creating and engineering new equipment for a manufacturing process that will save thousands of dollars for a company to developing new, environmentally-friendly dyes for coloring fabrics·and list continues!
The following lists provide a brief sampling of the kind of jobs and work environments you might find with a degree in this major. These titles and work settings are by no means an exhaustive listing. Because the world of work is always changing, over time job titles and work settings can change. The below listing is provided in hopes of giving you initial insight into a particular career field that would employ the skills and knowledge gained through this major.
Baccalaureate - $ 47,000 (36,000-52,000)
The salary listed above is an average starting salary based on skills and experiences gained at the Bachelors level. Keep in mind that salary level typically increases with additional experience and/or educational degrees.
Furthermore, you may have the opportunity to mold an entry-level position into your dream job and subsequently increase your salary as you learn more, add responsibilities and gain experience.
These resources include organizations, clubs, and conferences not affiliated with NC State and can be an important part of your career pursuit.
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Last updated: 31st of August, 2009 at 10:09:51 AM
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