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Renewable Materials Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Forestry | Wood Science and Engineering


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 upper-division option tracks in either marketing and management (M&M) or science and engineering (S&E). The M&M option is designed for students interested in business. Completion of the M&M option and meeting additional grade requirements of the College of Business will fulfill the requirements for a transcript-visible Business and Entrepreneurship minor. The S&E option is a flexible program that allows technically oriented students to design a personalized curriculum that opens doors to jobs that solve complex problems or to graduate school. Students select courses (often minors) that complement their interests.

Grades of C– or better must be earned in all required courses offered through the College of Forestry, or approved substitutions for those courses.

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.

Baccalaureate Core Requirements (30)

(Not satisfied by the Renewable Materials core or an option.)

Fitness: HHS 231. *Lifetime Fitness for Health (2)
  and HHS 241–HHS 248. *Lifetime Fitness: (various activities) (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)
Cultural Diversity elective (3)
Difference, Power, and Discrimination elective (3)
Literature and Arts elective (3)
Western Culture elective (3)
Science, Technology, and Society Synthesis elective (3)
Global Issues Synthesis elective (3)

Renewable Materials Core (63)

ECON 201. *Introduction to Microeconomics (4)
ECON 202. *Introduction to Macroeconomics (4)
FES 141. Tree and Shrub Identification (3)
FES 240. *Forest Biology (4)
   or BI 101. *General Biology (4)
   or BI 211. *Principles of 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 321. Chemistry of Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 322. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Renewable Materials (4)
WSE 324. Renewable Materials Laboratory (3)
WSE/DHE 415. Renewable Materials in the Modern Age (3)
WSE 453. ^Global Trade in Renewable Materials (3)
WSE 455. Marketing and Innovation in Renewable Materials (4)
WSE 461. Manufacturing with Renewable Materials I (4)
WSE 462. Manufacturing with Renewable Materials II (4)
WSE 465. Renewable Materials Manufacturing Experience (2)
WSE 471. Renewable Materials in Building Construction (3)
WSE 473. Bioenergy and Environmental Impact (3)


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

Major Code: 238

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