Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
School of Family and Consumer Sciences
College of Education and Human Development
The apparel merchandising and product development (AMPD) degree program in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, in the College of Education and Human Development, prepares students for entry-level careers in the global, multi-faceted fashion industry. The curriculum focuses on modern merchandising concepts that operate in a consumer-driven textile/apparel/retail complex. Courses include market knowledge, textile product knowledge, evaluation techniques, price control methods, computer applications, product development strategies, sourcing and the global issues that influence textiles and apparel industries.
The AMPD degree program prepares students for entry level opportunities in the apparel industry as assistant buyers, merchandiser coordinators, planners/analysts, retail managers and product developers.
Upon completion of the degree program, students in AMPD are expected to
Courses in marketing and management provide a strong background in retail practices and product development. Elective courses allow the student to choose areas for in-depth study or to explore additional fields. BGSU students also gain a diverse background through BG Perspective courses such as math, natural science, social science, arts and cultural diversity.
Students in the apparel merchandising and product development major have the opportunity to choose between two options:
AMPD students participate in a co-op program to gain experience working with buyers, store managers or product developers. Students have completed co-op experiences in a number of cities including Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Chicago, New York City and London.
Study abroad opportunities are available in cities such as London, Florence and Paris. These international experiences allow students to understand the global nature of the apparel industry.
Many students take advantage of opportunities to study abroad. Each year about 50 students in the college go abroad for experiences ranging from several weeks in the summer to a full semester or academic year.
The College of Education and Human Development’s Technology and Resource Center provides audio-visual equipment, networked computers, laser printing, scanners and a wide variety of application and educational software.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave students unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. Students will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Apparel Merchandising and Product Development, please check the undergraduate catalog online at www.bgsu.edu/catalog/EDHD/EDHD24.html.