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.

The required courses in the curriculum (BIOP, see below) are designed to be taken in sequence and as a block. The work is integrated among courses in each semester and between semesters. Students must pay careful attention to the pre-requisites of the junior and senior year courses, which are strictly enforced by the school, to ensure successful completion of the degree program.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
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 History13Core Social Science3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I3CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II3
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory1
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3MKTG 3310 Principles of Marketing3
COMM 1000 Public Speaking3SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability3
BIOP 2120 Frontiers for Sustainable Biomaterials3Core Fine Arts3
Core Literature13Core Literature or Humanities13
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
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 Availability1MKTG 4340 Marketing and New Product Development3
INSY 3020 Occupational Safety Ergonomics3 
 13 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
BATM 3530 Agricultural Production and Processing Facility Technology3SCMN 5720 Quality& Process Improvement3
ENVD 4010 Elements of Design Thinking and Communication3FORY 4820 Forestry in the Private Sector2
BIOP 4400 Sustainable Biomaterials & Product Development I1BSEN 4240 Bulk Biological Solids Behavior and Processing3
BIOP 4840 Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Biomaterials3BIOP 4410 Sustainable Biomaterials & Product Development II1
BIOP 5250 Wood Composites for Biomaterials & Packaging3BIOP 4800 Biopolymers for Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging3
 Elec Free Elective3
 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