Textile Sciences Merger - Student FAQ

As part of the University of Manitoba’s Academic Structure Initiative (ASI), Senate approved in principle and recommended to the Board of Governors the joining of the Department of Textile Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, and the Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. On March 17, 2015 the Board of Governors approved this recommendation.

Current undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculty of Human Ecology’s Textile Sciences programs will transition to the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences for the fall 2015 academic term.

Below are some frequently asked questions that can help guide students through the transition period. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact us with your question at agfoodsci@umanitoba.ca. We’ll update the list as needed.

Undergraduate Students

1. Why are you making this change?
By bringing together the Department of Textile Sciences with the Department of Biosystems Engineering, the University of Manitoba will strengthen productivity and innovation by generating designs based in engineering that provide solutions to environmental, agricultural, biological and health-related problems. This restructuring also enhances the application of nano-technology for the purposes of creating medical textiles and new health care options by continuing textile research in the context of the larger Biosystems Engineering innovation programs.

2. How does the merger impact my degree?
You will receive the same designation - Bachelor of Science (Textile Sciences) - upon graduation. Beginning in 2015/2016, this degree will be from the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences instead of the Faculty of Human Ecology.

3. Will my degree still be recognized?
Yes. You will still be receiving a degree from the University of Manitoba which has been granted the authority to confer degrees by the Province of Manitoba.

4. Will this delay my graduation?
No. This change will have no effect on your graduation date.

5. Will my required courses or program requirements change?
No. For current Textile Sciences students, there will be no changes in program requirements or degree structure. Intake into the B.Sc. in Textile Sciences was suspended in 2013 and will remain closed to admissions at this time. Any proposed changes to academic programs in the future will continue to follow the standard institutional processes already in place and will require the appropriate Senate and/or Board approvals.

6. Where can I go for advising/registration assistance?
Prior to September 1, 2015, please contact Alisa Claman in the Faculty of Human Ecology at 204-474-9759 or Alisa.Claman@umanitoba.ca if you have any advisor related questions. After September 1, contact Student Services in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at 204-474-9295 or aginfo@umanitoba.ca.

7. Where will my classes be held?
Research and teaching laboratories, teaching space and offices, student meeting and support spaces, and administrative spaces currently occupied or shared by the Department of Textile Sciences in the Human Ecology and Duff Roblin buildings will be maintained for their teaching, research and outreach functions. Any future changes would follow normal University space allocation processes.

8. Where will my professors or instructors be located?
If your professors or instructors currently hold office space in the Duff Roblin Building, they will continue to do so. Offices currently occupied or shared by the Department of Textile Sciences in the Duff Roblin Building will be maintained. Any future changes would follow normal University space allocation processes and students would be notified of the change.

9. How will the move of Textile Sciences to the department of Biosystems Engineering in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences affect assessment of tuition and other compulsory fees?
The Human Ecology fee rate will apply to Year 4 Textile Sciences courses for 2015/16. Textile Sciences students will be subject to the all other fees applicable to Agricultural and Food Sciences students (Endowment and Student Organization fees).

10. What is the impact on my award and/or financial aid?
For government student loan recipients, there will be no impact. Students will be eligible to apply for loan funding as soon as the 2015/16 applications are available from each provincial agency.
For scholarship and bursary awards and in-course scholarships and bursaries, processes will continue as are currently in place and administered through Financial Aid & Awards.
There will be no impact on students accessing the emergency loan program.


Graduate Students

1. Does my degree change?
You will receive the same degree designation (e.g. Master of Science) upon graduation.

2. Will my required courses or program requirements change?
No. For current students, there will be no changes in program requirements or degree structure. You may continue to follow your program of admission. Current students will have the option to transfer programs from M.Sc. (Textile Sciences) to M.Sc. (Biosystems Engineering) if they wish. New students with an interest in pursuing graduate education in the area of textile sciences will apply to the Biosystems Engineering graduate program in Fall 2015. All students will also now have the option to pursue a Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering with a focus on textile sciences.

3. Where can I go for advising/registration assistance?
Effective July 1, 2015, please contact Heather in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at 204-474-6033 or Heather.Innis@umanitoba.ca if you have any questions regarding your program.

4. Where will my classes be held?
At this time, research and teaching laboratories, teaching space, student meeting and support spaces currently occupied will be available to Textile Sciences graduate students. Any future changes would follow normal University space allocation processes.

5. What is the impact on my fees?
Students are assessed program-based fees and this will remain unchanged.