Curriculum in Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging

Successful graduates will gain an understanding of the chemical, physical, and mechanical properties of solid wood and bio-based products and packaging materials. Students within this degree program will be exposed to an overview of to trade and marketing knowledge and the structure of both traditional forest products as well as emerging sustainable biomaterial industry segments, the trade patterns and marketing, the role of private industry and government organizations in development and trade of the segments, and the potential contribution of economic development. They will know the thermal, electric and acoustic properties of the bio-based products and packaging materials and understand the relationships between anatomical structure and physical/mechanical behavior of materials. 

The Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging degree is appropriate for students who seek employment in any aspect of forest product development that uses the sustainable fiber resources from the forest industry.  The curriculum emphasizes biological, ecological, environmental, social, economic, and ethical considerations in sustainable biomaterials and packaging markets.

Environmental concerns and evolving technologies are moving companies toward the use of sustainable forest biomaterials for everything from packaging, cosmetics, and automobiles to appliances, pharmaceuticals, and commercial construction. These developments are increasing the demand for professionals with diverse expertise in biomass production and operational logistics; conversion processes of products and packaging; and product development, sustainability and business.   It is anticipated that bio-based industries, which includes wood processing, construction, chemicals and energy, bio-plastics, and packaging will be the next area of significant economic growth.  The Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging degree program was developed to provide students with knowledge, hands-on experience, and skill sets to prepare them for in-demand careers.  

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology3BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology3
BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory1BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory1
MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (or Higher)3STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences3
INDD 1120 Industrial Design in Modern Society3Core History or Social Science13
Core History13Free Elective3
 16 16
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I3CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II3
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory1
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability3
Core Literature13Core Fine Arts3
BIOP 2120 Frontiers for Sustainable Biomaterials3Core Literature or Humanities13
BIOP 2140 Fundamentals of Packaging Technology3COMM 1000 Public Speaking3
 16 16
SCMN 2150 Ops: Management of Business Processes2BIOP 4060 Economics of Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging3
BIOP 3390 Introduction to Forest Products and Packaging3BIOP 4070 Performance and Durability of Products and Packaging3
BIOP 3391 Forest and Manufacturing Operations1BIOP 4080 Business Management for Sustainable Biomaterials3
BIOP 4050 Biomass Processing Chemistry3BIOP 4360 Sustainable Biomaterials Trade and Marketing3
MATL 2220 Materials and the Environment or 2230 Mineral Resources: Processing and Availability1BATM 3530 Agricultural Production and Processing Facility Technology3
MKTG 3310 Principles of Marketing3 
 13 15
ENVD 4010 Elements of Design Thinking and Communication3SCMN 5720 Quality& Process Improvement3
BIOP 4400 Sustainable Biomaterials & Product Development I1BIOP 4410 Sustainable Biomaterials & Product Development II1
BIOP 4840 Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Biomaterials3BIOP 4800 Biopolymers for Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging3
BIOP 5250 Wood Composites for Biomaterials & Packaging3MKTG 4340 Marketing and New Product Development3
INSY 3020 Occupational Safety Ergonomics3CSES 5400 Bioenergy and the Environment3
 Free Elective2
 13 15
Total Hours: 120

1. Students must complete a sequence in either Literature or History.

Courses in bold are majors courses and must be completed with a 2.0 or better