Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science Program By Cornell University |Top Universities

Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science

Bachelor of Science in Fiber Science

  • QS World University Rankings
    21
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
The Fiber Science major is unique in the Ivy League. Students study the physical, chemical, biomedical, and engineering properties of fibrous materials, advanced engineering composites, geotextiles, nanofibers and textiles for functional, smart and protective clothing. 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 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 technical design. With its rigorous requirement of physical science courses it can be excellent preparation for a range of graduate and professional studies including medical school. The major is an excellent fit for students with both scientific and artistic talents. 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.