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Top WSE 111 RENEWABLE MATERIALS FOR A GREEN PLANET (2)  Offered in current or future terms
Renewable materials are an integral part of modern lifestyles, and current societal trends point to increased use of renewable materials. This course provides an overview of renewable materials and their current applications in society. As an overview course, it covers a breadth of renewable material uses and exposes students to life-cycle thinking.

Top WSE 210 RENEWABLE MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY AND UTILIZATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Characteristics and uses of renewable fiber products including wood, bamboo and grasses; manufacturing processes; effect of tree growth and harvesting on renewable products manufacturing and properties. Wood identification. Lec/lab. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WSE 211 WOODTURNING WITH SCIENCE I (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to scientific woodturning. Students will get a grounding in tools, lathes, sharpening, and set-up, and then will transition into turning basic forms (spindle and bowl). Particular relevance will be placed upon grain orientation, wood moisture content, wood anatomy, wood chemistry, wood species and extractive effects, and how all of these attributed affect both form and function. Class instruction will be entirely studio based. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WSE 210* [D-]

Top WSE 225 PRINCIPLES OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN WITH RENEWABLE MATERIALS (3) 
Introduction to architectural design, considering the different building requirements and the solutions available, with a focus on wood-based products and other ligno-cellulosic materials. PREREQS: WSE 210 [D-] and /or instructor consent.

Top WSE 250 CAD: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (3) 
Provides students with the tools and techniques to design and render products, furniture, and structures using Solidworks, as well as create technical drawings that facilitate communication between designers, engineers, and clients. The techniques developed during this course are applicable to a wide variety of industrial CAD and product design industries worldwide. Lec/lab/studio.

Top WSE 266 INDUSTRIAL HEMP (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Introduction to the botany, biology and agronomy of the hemp plant, and the origins, historical contexts and implications of contemporary legal and social issues surrounding its use for food, fiber, and building products. Taught via Ecampus only. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WSE 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WSE 320 ANATOMY OF RENEWABLE MATERIALS (3) 
Examination of macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of renewable (plant based) materials commonly used by society. Learning activities including lecture and the hands-on study of the various plant materials and their components with naked-eye, hand lens, and microscopic examination. Lec/lab.

Top WSE 321 CHEMISTRY OF RENEWABLE MATERIALS (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Chemical structures and chemical properties of renewable plant-based materials will be taught at molecular levels. Chemical compositions of different renewable materials will be covered. Chemical and biochemical modifications and applications or renewable materials will be discussed in detail. Lec/lab. PREREQS: CH 122 [D-] or CH 202 [D-] or CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-]

Top WSE 322 PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF RENEWABLE MATERIALS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Introduction to thermodynamics and mechanics of plant fibers, solid wood and bio-based composites: hygroscopicity; heat and mass transport; statics, elasticity and strength of materials; mechanical properties. PREREQS: WSE 321 [C-]

Top WSE 324 RENEWABLE MATERIALS LABORATORY (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Integrates the knowledge gained in the core science courses (WSE 321 and WSE 322) to help students obtain a deeper understanding of how chemistry, physics, and anatomy affect renewable material properties. The course uses renewable fiber materials such as hardwoods, softwoods, natural fibers, bamboo, composite wood products (e.g. OSB, plywood, MDF, etc.) and fiber-based products (e.g. wood-plastic composites, natural fiber composites, straw panels, paper, etc.) to examine the intricate relationships between fundamental properties and performance. Lec/lab. PREREQS: (WSE 321 [C-] and WSE 322 [C-] )

Top WSE 350 SECONDARY PRODUCTS DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides students with hands-on experience designing and manufacturing wood furniture. Includes how to safely operate and properly maintain wood working equipment, as well as how to design for consumers with efficient manufacturing processes in mind. Lec/lab/studio. PREREQS: WSE 250 [C-]

Top WSE 351 ADVANCED CAD: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN (3) 
Develop advanced techniques using industry standard CAD software as it relates to wood based product, furniture, and structural design. Build upon the skills acquired during WSE 250 CAD: COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN and learn advanced Solidworks techniques. Introduction to Rhinoceros 3D software and various parametric plugins. Lec/studio. PREREQS: WSE 250 [C-]

Top WSE 352 CAM FOR THE CNC ROUTER AND LASER ENGRAVER (3) 
Process G-code using CAM software for CNC routing operations, as well as create raster and vector drawings for laser cutting/engraving applications. Each student will work through the design process researching and conceptualizing ideas, 3D modeling designs, developing working prototypes, and fabricating a final product. Lec/lab/studio. PREREQS: WSE 350 [C-] and /or introductory level CAD course, or demonstrated proficiency in industry standard CAD software.

Top WSE 373 WOOD MACHINING I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Familiarizes students with precision, accuracy standards and procedures necessary in the manufacture of value-added secondary wood products. Lab fee. Lec/lab.

Top WSE 374 WOOD MACHINING II (3) 
Students will become familiar with using CAD/CAM software and CNC techniques to take 3D product designs from concept through planning, to manufacturing, using modern wood product production workflows. Skills, software and concepts developed through the course are applicable to a wide variety of industrial design and production situations. Lec/lab/rec. Lab fee. PREREQS: Instructor's approval required. WSE 373 is recommended.

Top WSE 375 WOOD MACHINING III (3) 
An experiential learning environment in which students design, produce, market, and sell a custom wood product in a virtual business setting. This course is intended to foster creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and problem solving, as well as enhance skills with woodworking equipment. Lec/lab. PREREQS: WSE 373 and WSE 374 highly recommended.

Top WSE 392 BAMBOOLOOZA: THE FASCINATING WORLD OF BAMBOO (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploration of the world of bamboo and its application to renewable products. This course provides an in-depth understanding of a renewable material bamboo from its native form to processed products. Additionally, this course discusses the utilization and perception of bamboo in different societies of the world. Taught via Ecampus only. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Junior in good academic standing.

Top WSE 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WSE 401 RESEARCH (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WSE 403 THESIS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: Departmental approval required.

Top WSE 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WSE 406 PROJECTS (1-16)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top WSE 413 WOODTURNING WITH SCIENCE II (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An in-depth look at how character in wood (figure, spalting, knots, etc.) affects machinability and output in both functional and aesthetic turning. Students will work with a wide range of spalted wood types and figure across numerous species while working on advanced turning forms. Particular emphasis will be placed upon how figure affects grain orientation, how spalting affects density and stability, and how the challenges with character wood can be overcome without specialty tools. Class instruction will be entirely studio based. CROSSLISTED as ART 413. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 8 credits. PREREQS: WSE 210 [C-] and WSE 211 [C-]

Top WSE 414 ART AND DESIGN CAPSTONE (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
For the final term of a student's last year in the Renewable Materials Industrial Design program, this course brings together the basic collaborative design elements and technical background of each student in the creation of collaborative design projects with the intention of giving students real-world, problem-based design experience. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: Senior standing

Top WSE 415 RENEWABLE MATERIALS IN THE MODERN AGE (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Micro-renewable materials anatomy course taught within an interdisciplinary, hands-on format. Suitable for all majors and backgrounds. Course covers the micro- and macro-anatomy of wood and other common renewable materials like bamboo and cellulose fibers. Utilizes studio-based learning. CROSSLISTED as DHE 415. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WSE 415H RENEWABLE MATERIALS IN THE MODERN AGE (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course Has Extra Fees
Micro-renewable materials anatomy course taught within an interdisciplinary, hands-on format. Suitable for all majors and backgrounds. Course covers the micro- and macro-anatomy of wood and other common renewable materials like bamboo and cellulose fibers. Utilizes studio-based learning. CROSSLISTED as DHE 415H. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WSE 425 TIMBER TECTONICS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (4) 
An exploration of the advances in design, construction and fabrication of timber buildings. Includes experimentation with both physical and digital models and a final project, in collaboration with UO Architecture students. Lec/lab/studio. PREREQS: Junior standing, knowledge of CAD preferred.

Top WSE 430 FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGINEERING MECHANICS (4) 
An introduction to fundamentals of engineering mechanics for RM students selecting Science and Engineering option. While in most aspects the course follows standard introductory mechanics courses for engineers, special attention is paid to elasticity and strength in cellular and anisotopic materials like solid wood and bio-based composites. The overall objective of this course is to provide fundamental knowledge and practical skills in the area of engineering mechanics and mechanical principles behind some of the most important methods of characterization, processing, and utilization of renewable biomaterials; commonly used today, emerging and future. Lec/lab. PREREQS: MTH 254 [D-] and WSE 324 [B-]

Top WSE 450 ENTREPRENEURIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT I (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Provides an entrepreneurial experience in product development, in which students design, produce, market, and sell a product in a business setting. Working as a team, students will design a product using renewable materials and are expected to perform and understand manufacturing techniques and processes to produce the product in limited quantities. PREREQS: WSE 250 [C-] and WSE 455 [C-] and WSE 450 and WSE 451 must be taken in sequence.

Top WSE 451 ENTREPRENEURIAL PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT II (3) 
Provides an entrepreneurial experience in product development, in which students design, produce, market, and sell a product in a business setting. Working as a team, students will design a product using renewable materials and are expected to perform and understand manufacturing techniques and processes to produce the product in limited quantities. Lab/studio. PREREQS: WSE 250 [C-] and WSE 450 [C-] and WSE 455 [C-] and WSE 450 and WSE 451 must be taken in sequence.

Top WSE 453 GLOBAL TRADE IN RENEWABLE MATERIALS (3)  Offered in current or future terms WIC Core Course
Provides basic skills to operate in the global business environment. To include understanding the role of culture in international business, types of international business, policy considerations, ethics, trade barriers, exchange rates, shipping, global industry structure, and other current issues. Examines specific examples from renewable materials industries. (Writing Intensive Course) PREREQS: ECON 201 and ECON 202 or instructor consent.

Top WSE 455 MARKETING AND INNOVATION IN RENEWABLE MATERIALS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Marketing, innovation and their application in the renewable products industries.

Top WSE 461 MANUFACTURING WITH RENEWABLE MATERIALS I (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Manufacturing renewable materials such a wood, bamboo, hemp, and cereal straws into products requires size reduction and separation of components. The components are then further processed, in many cases by joining with glue or fasteners, to create a usable product. The major processing steps for the conversion of raw materials into products will be discussed. PREREQS: WSE 210 [C-] and WSE 321 and WSE 324

Top WSE 462 MANUFACTURING WITH RENEWABLE MATERIALS II (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The second of a two-term series exploring technologies and management practices associated with manufacturing products from renewable materials. Subjects covered include process automation, quality control, safety, and preventive maintenance programs. PREREQS: WSE 461 [C-] and WSE 461 or WSE 561; may be waived with instructor approval.

Top WSE 463 ADVANCED MANUFACTURING 2 (4) 
Third of a 3-term series exploring technologies and management practices associated with manufacturing products from wood and other renewable materials. Subjects covered include process control, optimization, automation, and contemporary topics such as Big Data and the Internet of Things and the potential impacts of the trends on manufacturing enterprises. PREREQS: WSE 462 [C-] and /or instructor consent.

Top WSE 465 RENEWABLE MATERIALS MANUFACTURING EXPERIENCE (2)  Offered in current or future terms Has Extra Fees
Learning about and visiting a number of renewable materials industrial and commercial operations representing all parts of the renewable materials value chain. The class will meet daily for one 5-day week immediately prior to the start of fall term. During the week, the students and at least one instructor will meet daily. Lectures will precede visits to industrial plants, mills and sites. At the end of the day, an instructor will participate in a debriefing session, reiterating what was learned during the day. Students will then submit a report on the day's activities. The class includes daily travel and overnight stays. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits.

Top WSE 470 FORESTS, WOOD, AND CIVILIZATION (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Multidisciplinary examination of issues related to the roles of forests, trees, and wood in civilization, as providers of commodities, ecosystem services, and spiritual and artistic inspiration. Issues include global supply and demand, wood ownership and political power, and perceptions and uses of forest resources in different societies. (Bacc Core Course)

Top WSE 470H FORESTS, WOOD, AND CIVILIZATION (3)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Multidisciplinary examination of issues related to the roles of forests, trees, and wood in civilization, as providers of commodities, ecosystem services, and spiritual and artistic inspiration. Issues include global supply and demand, wood ownership and political power, and perceptions and uses of forest resources in different societies. (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top WSE 471 RENEWABLE MATERIALS IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Building construction is a major application of renewable materials, primarily wood. This course explores material selection options, applications, and performance characteristics. Residential construction is emphasized, but non-residential construction applications will also be discussed. Concepts and interpretation of life cycle assessment are introduced. PREREQS: Junior standing.

Top WSE 473 BIOENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT (3)  Offered in current or future terms
Explores world's use of woody biomass fuels, their potential to contribute to our region's energy supply, and conversion technologies such a direct combustion, pyrolysis, and thermochemical modification. Also examines emissions and other environmental impacts of utilizing renewable materials to generate energy and manufacture products. PREREQS: ( (MTH 111 [D-] or MTH 112 [D-] or MTH 231 [D-] or MTH 241 [D-] or MTH 245 [D-] or MTH 251 [D-] or MTH 251H [D-] ) and (CH 122 [D-] or CH 222 [D-] or CH 232 [D-] or CH 232H [D-] ) ) and /or graduate standing.

Top WSE 475 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT OF BUILDING MATERIALS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Study of sustainability in the built environment from a building material perspective. Understanding the ecology of building materials and assessing their environmental sustainability performance using life cycle analysis. Critical discussion of case studies and future of LCA in the built environment. PREREQS: Junior in good academic standing.

Top WSE 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (0-16) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 99 credits.



 
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