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Bioenergy  Minor

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Bioenergy is renewable energy derived from biomass, including by-products, residues, waste products, and crops and microbes grown specifically for fuel. Development of bioenergy could contribute to long-term environmental and economic sustainability, and help mitigate the climate impact of using fossil fuels. However, developing and establishing bioenergy will require integrating expertise from social, economic, and scientific/technical fields.

The Bioenergy minor is research-based and interdisciplinary, and provides an introduction to bioenergy concepts and issues, along with research experience and professional development. The Bioenergy minor is open to students in majors in science, agricultural sciences, forestry, engineering, earth/ocean/atmospheric sciences, education, social sciences and business, or with permission of the bioenergy adviser. Required classes for the minor present central bioenergy concepts such as life cycle analysis, feedstocks, feedstock conversions, and sustainability; introduce interdisciplinary research and research methods; expose students to regional bioenergy industries and issues; and provide professional skills and training. Each student will do a mentored bioenergy research project with a participating faculty member, industry or extension partner; write a thesis; and present a public seminar. This transcript-visible minor complements existing majors to help students attain their career or graduate/professional school goals in the growing field of bioenergy.

For further information, contact:

Kate Field, Director
Wanda Crannell, Advisor
158 Strand Agriculture Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-2911
541-737-2999
E-mail: BRR@oregonstate.edu
Website: http://agsci.oregonstate.edu/brr/



A basic knowledge of chemistry is needed to understand bioenergy core concepts, such as the carbon cycle and pathways of energy conversion. Bioenergy minor students must take CH 122 or equivalent. CH 122 fulfills Bacc Core requirements and is a prerequisite for WSE 473, which is required for the Bioenergy minor.

Required

BRR 350. Introduction to Regional Bioenergy (2)
BRR 450. Interdisciplinary Research: Bioenergy Focus (2)
BRR 401. Research and Scholarship (10)
BRR 403. Thesis (4)
BRR 406. Projects: Data Presentation (1)
BRR 407. Seminar (1)
WSE 473. Bioenergy and Environmental Impact (3)

Bioenergy Electives Categories


Technical Electives:

Choose one course from this list, or another course approved by the Bioenergy advisor that fulfills the intent of the Technical category.
BB 314/BI 314. Cell and Molecular Biology (4) [BI 314 terminated summer 2017]
BB 350. Elementary Biochemistry (4)
BEE 320. Biosystems Analysis and Modeling (4)
BEE 472. Introduction to Process Engineering (4)
BEE 473. Introduction to Process Engineering Design (4)
BEE 499/599. Special Topics: Biofuel Feedstocks and Production (3)
BIOE 457. Bioreactors (3)
BIOE 490. ^Bioengineering Process Design (4)
BOT 321. Plant Systemics (4)
BOT 331. Plant Physiology (4)
BOT 414. Agrostology (4)
BOT 475. Comparative Genomics (4)
CROP 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)
FST 479. Fermentation Microbiology (3)
HORT 301. The Biology of Horticulture (3)
MB 230. *Introductory Microbiology (4)
MB 302. General Microbiology (3)
MB 303. General Microbiology Laboratory (2)
MB 312. Bacterial Physiology and Metabolism (3)
PBG 430. Plant Genetics (3)
PH 313. *Energy Alternatives (3)
WSE 210. *Renewable Materials Technology and Utilization (4)
WSE 321. Chemistry and Structure of Renewable Materials (4)
WSE 322. Physical and Mechanical Properties of Renewable Materials (4)
WSE 324. Renewable Materials Laboratory (3)

Environmental:

Choose one course from this list, or another course approved by the Bioenergy advisor that fulfills the intent of the Environmental category.
ATS 320. *The Changing Climate (3) [Terminated fall 2017]
BEE 499. Special Topics: Bioenergy Systems and Life-Cycle Analysis (2)
BI 301. *Human Impacts on Ecosystems (3)
BI 306. *^Environmental Ecology (3)
CH 390. Environmental Chemistry (3)
ENGR 350. *Sustainable Engineering (3)
ENSC 479. *^Environmental Case Studies (3)
ENVE 321. Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (4)
ENVE 322. Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (4)
ENVE 415. Environmental Engineering Laboratory (3)
ENVE 425. Air Pollution Control (3)
WSE 473. Bioenergy and Environmental Impact (3)

Social/Economic/Policy:

Choose one course from this list, or another course approved by the Bioenergy advisor that fulfills the intent of the Social/Economic/Policy category.
AEC 250. *Introduction to Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 351. *Natural Resource Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 352. *Environmental Economics and Policy (3)
AEC 434. ^Measuring Resource and Environmental Impacts (4)
AEC 454. Rural Development Economics and Policy (3)
AG 492. Technology Transfer in Agriculture (3)
BA 363. Technology and Innovation Management (4)
BA 458. Innovation and New Product Development (4)
BA 464. New Venture Financing (4)
CH 374. *Technology, Energy, and Risk (3)
ED 253. Learning Across the Lifespan (3)
FES/NR/RNG 477. *Agroforestry (3)
FES 485. *Consensus and Natural Resources (3)
FOR 330. Forest Resource Economics I (4)
FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3)
GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
SED 459. Science and the Nature of Inquiry (3)
SOC 418. Qualitative Research Methods (4)
SOC 481. *Society and Natural Resources (4)
WSE 455. Industrial Marketing in the Forest Sector (3)

Total=28–34

Minor Code: 497


 
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