Bioenergy Minor

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 *GENERAL CHEMISTRY or equivalent. CH 122 *GENERAL CHEMISTRY fulfills Bacc Core requirements and is a prerequisite for WSE 473 BIOENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, which is required for the Bioenergy minor.

Required
BRR 350INTRODUCTION TO REGIONAL BIOENERGY2
BRR 450INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH: BIOENERGY FOCUS2
BRR 401RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP10
BRR 403^THESIS4
BRR 406PROJECTS-DATA PRESENTATIONS1
BRR 407SEMINAR1
WSE 473BIOENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT3
Bioenergy Electives Catagories
Technical Electives
Select one of the following: 12-4
CELL AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
ELEMENTARY BIOCHEMISTRY
BIOSYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND MODELING
INTRODUCTION TO FOOD ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES
INTRODUCTION TO FOOD ENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN
SPECIAL TOPICS (Biofuel Feedstocks and Production)
BIOREACTORS
BIOENGINEERING PROCESS DESIGN
PLANT SYSTEMATICS
PLANT PHYSIOLOGY
AGROSTOLOGY
COMPARATIVE GENOMICS
CROP PRODUCTION IN PACIFIC NORTHWEST AGROECOSYSTEMS
FERMENTATION MICROBIOLOGY
GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF HORTICULTURAL CROPS
*INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY
GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY
BACTERIAL PHYSIOLOGY AND METABOLISM
PLANT GENETICS
*ENERGY ALTERNATIVES
*RENEWABLE MATERIALS TECHNOLOGY AND UTILIZATION
CHEMISTRY OF RENEWABLE MATERIALS
PHYSICAL AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF RENEWABLE MATERIALS
RENEWABLE MATERIALS LABORATORY
Environmental Electives
Select one of the following: 12-4
SPECIAL TOPICS
*HUMAN IMPACTS ON ECOSYSTEMS
*^ENVIRONMENTAL ECOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
*SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING
*^ENVIRONMENTAL CASE STUDIES
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING LABORATORY
AIR POLLUTION CONTROL
BIOENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
Social/Economic/Policy Electives
Select one of the following: 13-4
*INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY
*NATURAL RESOURCE ECONOMICS AND POLICY
*ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS AND POLICY
^MEASURING RESOURCE AND ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
RURAL DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS AND POLICY
TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER IN AGRICULTURE
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION MANAGEMENT
INNOVATION AND NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
NEW VENTURE FINANCING
*TECHNOLOGY, ENERGY, AND RISK
LEARNING ACROSS THE LIFESPAN
*AGROFORESTRY
*AGROFORESTRY
*CONSENSUS AND NATURAL RESOURCES
FOREST RESOURCE ECONOMICS I
*GLOBAL CRISES IN RESOURCE ECOLOGY
*INTRODUCTION TO WATER SCIENCE AND POLICY
PLANNING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
SCIENCE AND THE NATURE OF INQUIRY
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS
*SOCIETY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
INDUSTRIAL MARKETING IN THE FOREST SECTOR
Total Hours30-35

Minor Code: 497