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Renewable Materials Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Forestry | Wood Science and Engineering


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Advanced Wood Manufacturing
Art and Design
Management and Marketing
Science and Engineering

The Bachelor of Science degree in Renewable Materials program is a multidisciplinary professional program that prepares students to work with renewable, plant-based materials to solve challenging world problems. Renewable materials such as wood, bamboo, canes, and agricultural fibers are examined to understand their characteristics and how to make useful products. Students gain broad perspectives on current issues associated with the sustainable utilization of renewable materials, including global trade, business innovation, energy production, and environmental impacts.

Graduates with degrees in renewable materials are highly sought after to work in business, manufacturing operations, and technical support where they use their knowledge and expertise to help develop sustainable products, industrial systems, and economies.



The curriculum includes a lower-division core in science and math with a choice of one of the required upper-division options in Advanced Wood Manufacturing (AWM), Art and Design (A&D), Marketing and Management (M&M), or Science and Engineering (S&E).

In addition to the course work, all students must have six months of work experience in an area related to their major. This is usually accomplished by two summers of employment in business or industry, but it may include work during the academic year. The department has an established network of connections to help place students in internships and summer employment.

Renewable Materials Core Curriculum (50)

CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)
FOR 111. Introduction to Forestry (3)
FOR 112. Computing Applications in Forestry (3)
WSE 111. Renewable Materials for a Green Planet (2)
WSE 210. *Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization (4)
WSE 225. Principles of Architectural Design with Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 250. CAD: Computer Aided Design (3)
WSE 320. Anatomy of Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 321. Chemistry of Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 322. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Renewable Materials (4)
WSE 324. Renewable Materials Laboratory (3)
WSE 453. ^Forest Products Business (3)
WSE 465. Renewable Materials Manufacturing Experience (2)

Baccalaureate Core Courses (12)

Required to fulfill Renewable Materials Core Requirements.

Fitness: HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
   and HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) or any PAC course (1–2)
Writing I: WR 121. *English Composition (3)
Writing II: WR 214. *Writing in Business (3)
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
Speech: COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)

These courses must be taken for grades (not S/U).

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

 

Sample Four –Year Plan: Renewable Materials

First Year (43–50 credits)

Fall Term
CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
COMM 111. *Public Speaking (3)
   or COMM 114. *Argument and Critical Discourse (3)
FOR 111. Introduction to Forestry (3)
MTH course required by option (4)
   or Bacc Core (3–4)
   or Free elective (3–4)

Winter Term
CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
FOR 112. Computing Applications in Forestry (3) - if in AWM, M&M, or S&E option
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2) - if in AWM or S&E option
WR 121. *English Composition (3) - if in A&D option
WSE 111. Renewable Materials for a Green Planet (2)
MTH course required by option (4)
Option requirement - A&D option only)

Spring Term
FOR 112. Computing Applications in Forestry (3) - if in A&D option
HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2) - if in A&D or M&M option
HHS 241. *Lifetime Fitness (1) 
   or any PAC course (1–2)
WR 121. *English Composition (3) - if in AWM, M&M, or S&E option
Option requirements and free electives (9-11)

Sophomore Year (43-46 credits)

Fall Term
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)  - if in A&D or M&M option
WSE 250. CAD: Computer Aided Design (3)
Option requirements (8–12)

Winter Term
WR 214. *Writing in Business (3) - if in AWM, A&D, or S&E option
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
WSE 210. *Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization (4)
Option requirements (7–12)

Spring Term
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)  - if in AWM or S&E option
WSE 225. Principles of Architectural Design with Renewable Materials (3)
WR 214. *Writing in Business (3) - if in M&M option
   or WR 327. *Technical Writing (3)
Option requirements (7–11)

Junior Year (42-47 credits)

Fall Term
WSE 320. Anatomy of Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 321. Chemistry of Renewable Materials (3)
Option requirements and Bacc Core courses (7–12)

Winter Term
WSE 322. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Renewable Materials (4)
Option requirements and Bacc Core courses (10–15)

Spring Term
WSE 324. Renewable Materials Laboratory (3)
Option requirements and Bacc Core courses (9–14)

Senior Year (43–46 credits)

Fall Term
WSE 465. Renewable Materials Manufacturing Experience (2)
Option requirements and Bacc Core courses (11–19)

Winter Term
WSE 453. ^Forest Products Business (3)
Option requirements and Bacc Core courses (10–16)

Spring Term
Option requirements and/or Bacc Core courses and/or free electives (13–19)



Major Code: 238

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