Courses of Study 2021-2022 
    Feb 21, 2024  
Courses of Study 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fiber Science

In the College of Human Ecology .

Course Offerings  

The Fiber Science major is unique in the Ivy League.  Students study the physical, chemical, and engineering properties of fibrous materials for applications including textiles for fashion, functional, smart or protective clothing, biomedical, engineering composites, nanofibers, and high performance.

The scientific study of fibrous materials, builds on foundations in biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics. Students learn how various fibers are made and how their chemical, mechanical, biological and physical properties can be controlled. Students also learn how the principles of fiber science influence the design and fabrication of traditional and innovative products, from clothing to skate boards and life-saving medical implants. Because fiber science has applications in so many areas of contemporary technology, majors can tailor their studies to meet personal, academic and professional goals.

Within this major, students get individual attention and develop one-on-one relationships with faculty.  Each student has the opportunity to individualize their plan of study, with 50% of their course credits chosen from broad categories or as free electives. The curriculum provides great flexibility for students to pursue pre-med, materials science, biomedical materials, ergonomics or product development in specialty or apparel or soft goods. With its rigorous requirement of physical science courses it can be excellent preparation for a range of graduate and professional studies including medical school.

Beyond formal course work, all Fiber Science students have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research under mentoring of a faculty member and in special projects with student teams. Field placements, joining a faculty member’s research team, or conducting independent research can add a significant experiential component to the course of study, providing valuable practical knowledge while testing students’ academic or career interests.  Many students choose to study abroad or participate in an international exchange program for one semester during their Junior year. 


Y. Gowayed, chair (HEB T57, 607-255-3151); A. Netravali, director of graduate studies; F. Kozen, director of undergraduate studies; F. Baytar, M. Conroy, M. Frey, Y. Gowayed, D. Green, J. Hinestroza, T. Lewis, V.D. Lewis, H. Park, J. Reed, L. Shepherd, T. Uyar.

Academic Advising

All Fiber Science majors are matched with a faculty advisor by the director of undergraduate studies, Frances Kozen. Students are strongly urged to discuss their goals, course selection and sequence, electives, and career plans with their faculty advisor. Students are free to change advisors; changes must be recorded with the director of undergraduate studies. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their courses and to make sure that the program meets graduation requirements for their major and college.

Student Work

All work done as part of the academic program will be held by the department until it has been released by the instructor. Certain exceptional work may be used by the department to exhibit for academic purposes. The department is not responsible for the loss or theft of student work.

Course Fees

No grade will be given in a course unless the course fee has been paid and equipment returned by the last week of classes. 

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates of the Fiber Science program have begun careers with fiber and textile firms, outdoor and athleticwear firms, protective apparel firms, testing laboratories, and with government agencies.  Students have continued to graduate studies in science, engineering, technology and society programs or to medical, business or law school.

Fiber Science Major

Fiber Science Major

In addition to college requirements  , students in the Fiber Science Major must complete specific requirements listed here.

The requirements listed below pertain to all students matriculating in August 2021 and January 2022.

Fiber Science Core Courses

Fiber Science Core Courses (26 credits)
Take all of the following:
FSAD 1111  Success in FSAD
FSAD 1350  Fibers, Fabrics, and Finishes
FSAD 1360  Fiber and Yarn Analysis Laboratory
FSAD 2370  Structural Fabric Design
FSAD 3320  Product Quality Assessment
FSAD 3350  Fiber Science
FSAD 4360  Fiber Chemistry

FSAD 4444  FSAD Futures

FSAD 4460  Nanotechnology of Fibers and Textiles
FSAD 4660  Textiles, Apparel, and Innovation
Note: Courses taken for this area cannot also count for FSAD Introductory Courses and FSAD Advanced Courses.

Fiber Science Intro Courses

FSAD Introductory Courses (6-8 credits)
Take any two additional FSAD courses at the 1000, 2000, or 3000 level.

Fiber Science Advanced Courses

FSAD Advanced Courses (6 credits)
Take any two additional 4000 or 6000 level FSAD courses
FSAD 4000, 4010, 4020, 4030, 4990 cannot count here.

Fiber Science Computer Science

Computer Science (3 credits)
Choose one of the following courses:
CS 1110  Introduction to Computing Using Python
CS 1112  Introduction to Computing Using MATLAB
CS 1300  Introductory Design and Programming for the Web (also INFO 1300 )

If you have a score of 5 on AP Computer Science, then you may substitute one of the following upper level courses:
CS 2110  Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures
CS 2300  Intermediate Design and Programming for the Web
INFO 2950  Introduction to Data Science

Fiber Science Intro Chemistry

Introductory Chemistry (8 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution natural sciences requirement.
Choose one of the following sequences:
(a)    CHEM 2070  and CHEM 2080  General Chemistry I and II
(b)    CHEM 2090  Engineering General Chemistry* and CHEM 2080  General Chemistry II
(*requires written permission from the Chemistry Office of Undergraduate Studies)

Fiber Science Organic Chemistry

Organic Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (8 credits)
Take all of the following:
        CHEM 3570  Introductory Organic Chemistry
        CHEM 3580  Introductory Organic Chemistry
        CHEM 2510  Introduction to Experimental Organic Chemistry

Fiber Science Physics

Physics (8 credits)
Choose one of the following sequences:
(a)    PHYS 1101  - PHYS 1102  General Physics I and II
(b)    PHYS 1112  - PHYS 2213 Physics I: Mechanics & Heat and Physics II: Electromagnetism
(c)    PHYS 2207  - PHYS 2208  Fundamentals of Physics I and II

Fiber Science Materials Science

Materials Science (3 credits)
MSE 2610  Mechanical Properties of Materials:  From Nanodevices to Superstructures

Fiber Science Additional Science Sequence

Additional Science Sequence (6-8 credits)
Choose from one of the following sequences:

Apparel Design Sequence*
FSAD 1450  Introduction to Fashion Design AND
Choose one of the following:
(a)    FSAD 2660  Active-wear Design and Product Development
(b)    FSAD 3650  New Technologies in Fashion Design
(c)    FSAD 3990  Smart Clothing: Design & Programming
(d)    FSAD 6900  Functional Aspects of Design and Clothing
*Courses used here may not apply to Fiber Science Introductory Courses or Fiber Science Advanced Courses.

Design and Environmental Analysis sequence
Choose two from the following options:

DEA 1110  Making a Difference by Design
DEA 1500  Introduction to Environmental Psychology
DEA 3030  Materials for Design & Sustainability
DEA 2020  Introduction to Sustainable Design

DEA 4220  Ecological Literacy and Design*

*If used for DEA Additional Science Sequence may not be used for DEA Ethics/Sustainability

Physical Chemistry sequence
Choose one of the following sequences
CHEM 2870  - CHEM 2900  Introductory Physical Chemistry
CHEM 3890  - CHEM 3900  Honors Physical Chemistry

Psychology Requirement

Psychology Requirement (3 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution social sciences requirement.
Choose one of the following courses:
HD 1150  Human Development: Infancy and Childhood
HD 1170  Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood
PSYCH 1101  Introduction to Psychology

Introductory Economics

Introductory Economics  (3 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution social sciences requirement.

ECON 1110  Introductory Microeconomics

Fiber Science Statistics

Statistics (4 credits)

This fulfills the college distribution quantitative and analytical courses requirement.

Must be taken at Cornell, AP Statistics is not accepted
Choose one of the following courses:
PAM 2100  Introduction to Statistics
AEM 2100  Introductory Statistics
ILRST 2100 /STSCI 2100  Introductory Statistics
PSYCH 2500  Statistics and Research Design
ENGRD 2700  Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics

Fiber Science Calculus

Calculus (8 credits)
Choose one of the following sequences:
(a)    MATH 1110  - MATH 1120  Calculus I and II
(b)    MATH 1110  - MATH 1220 Calculus I and Theoretical Calculus II 
(c)    MATH 1910  - MATH 1920  Calculus for Engineers and Multivariable Calculus for Engineers
Note: A score of 4 or 5 on AP Calculus AB fulfills the Calculus I requirement; a score of 4 or 5 on AP Calculus BC fulfills Calculus I and II requirements.


Fiber Science Linear Algebra

Linear Algebra (4 credits)
Choose one of the following courses:
MATH 2210  Linear Algebra
MATH 2230  Theoretical Linear Algebra and Calculus
MATH 2310  Linear Algebra with Applications
MATH 2940  Linear Algebra for Engineers


Ethics/Sustainability (3 credits)

Choose from one of the following:
AEM 3205  Ethics in Business and Organizations
BEE 3299  Sustainable Development: A Web-Based Course
BSOC 2061  Ethics and the Environment (also STS 2061 /PHIL 2960 )
COMM 4300  Ethics in New Media, Technology, and Communication
CRP 3011  Ethics, Development, and Globalization
DEA 4220  Ecological Literacy and Design* (also ARCH 4601 )
DSOC 3240  Environmental Sociology

FSAD 3200 
FSAD 4021 /FSAD 6021  Apparel and Textiles in Developing Nations I/Apparel and Textiles in Developing Nations II
INFO 1200  Information Ethics, Law, and Policy

INFO 4270  Ethics and Policy in Data Science
NTRES 3320  Introduction to Ethics and Environment

*If used for DEA Ethics/Sustainability may not be used for DEA Additional Science Sequence