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Renewable Materials Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

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College of Forestry | Wood Science and Engineering


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 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 (46)

CH 121. General Chemistry (5)
CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
FOR 112. Computing Applications in Forestry (3)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
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) [Both terminated winter 2018]
WSE 455. Industrial Marketing in the Forest Sector (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).


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

Major Code: 238

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