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 identification of novel packaging systems that consider the life cycle assessment of consumer product including food storage, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. These developments are fueling an increased demand for professionals with expertise in packaging technology, operational logistics, and conversion processes using sustainable bioproducts. The packaging platform offers next generation packaging expertise with the lens of sustainability, focusing on material exploration, sustainable packaging product innovation and engineering, packaging converting, supply chain management, and packaging trends and market analysis.

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 History3BIOP 2120 Frontiers for Sustainable Biomaterials3
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOP 2140 Fundamentals of Packaging Technology3CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II3
BUAL 2650 Business Analytics II3CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory1
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I3SUST 2000 Introduction to Sustainability3
CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory1Core Fine Arts3
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3Core Literature or Humanities13
Core Literature13COMM 1000 Public Speaking3
 16 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOP 3390 Introduction to Forest Products and Packaging3BATM 2110 Digital Analytics in Agriculture and Technology 3
Free Elective1BIOP 4060 Economics of Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging3
BIOP 5070 Performance and Durability of Products and Packaging3BIOP 4080 Business Management for Sustainable Biomaterials3
MATL 2220 Materials and the Environment or 2230 Mineral Resources: Processing and Availability1BIOP 4050 Biomass Processing Chemistry3
MKTG 3810 Foundations of Business Marketing3BIOP 4360 Sustainable Biomaterials Trade and Marketing3
SCMN 2150 Ops: Management of Business Processes2 
 13 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOP 4400 Sustainable Biomaterials & Product Development I2BIOP 4410 Sustainable Biomaterials & Product Development II2
BIOP 4840 Sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment3BIOP 4800 Biopolymers for Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging3
BIOP 5250 Wood Composites for Biomaterials & Packaging3CSES 5400 Bioenergy and the Environment3
ENVD 2040 Design, Invention and Society3SCMN 5720 Quality & Process Improvement3
INSY 3020 Occupational Safety Ergonomics3MKTG 4340 Marketing and New Product Development3
 14 14
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.