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Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Biomaterials

Sustainable Biomaterials Major

Program Curriculum

Minimum credit hours required for graduation is 120.

Degree Core Requirements
SBIO 1234Introduction to Wood, Design and Craftmanship3
SBIO 2124Structure and Properties of Sustainable Biomaterials3
SBIO 3004Sustainable Nature-Based Enterprises3
SBIO 3314Mechanics of Sustainable Biomaterials and Packaging4
SBIO 3524Manufacture of Sustainable Biomaterials for Structures3
STAT 2004Introductory Statistics3
Select one of the following:3
A Sustainable Future through Circular Economy
Introduction to Forest Products Marketing
Society, Sustainability Biomaterials and Energy
Sustainable Operations Management
Select one of the following:3
Entrepreneurial Wood Design and Innovation
Study Abroad
Field Study
Undergraduate Research
Track Requirements
Select one of the tracks listed below49
Pathways to General Education
Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse
ENGL 1105First-Year Writing (1F)3
ENGL 1106First-Year Writing (1F)3
Select one course in Pathway 1a3
Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities
Select six credits in Pathway 26
Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
ECON 2005Principles of Economics3
ECON 2006Principles of Economics3
Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
BIOL 1105Principles of Biology3
CHEM 1035General Chemistry3
CHEM 1045General Chemistry Laboratory1
Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking
MATH 1025Elementary Calculus (5F)3
MATH 1026Elementary Calculus (5F)3
SBIO 2504Circular Economy Analytics for Sustainable Systems (5A)3
Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts
Select three credits in Pathway 6d3
Select three hours in Pathway 6a3
Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
Select three credits in Pathway 7 that may be double-counted with another core outcome or major requirement3
Total Credits120

Track Requirements

Creating Sustainable Society Track

AAEC 3314Environmental Law3
PHYS 2205General Physics3
SBIO 3324Green Building Systems3
SBIO 3554Sustainable Biomaterials Enterprises3
SBIO 4714Performance of Sustainable Biomaterials in Buildings3
Select either the following 2 ENGR courses or the following 2 NR courses6
Introduction to Green Engineering
Environmental Life Cycle Assessment
Seeking Sustainability
Seeking Sustainability
Free Electives
Select 28 credit hours28
Total Credits49

Sustainable Biomaterials Business Track

ACIS 2115Principles of Accounting3
PHYS 2205General Physics3
MGT 3064Cornerstones of Entrepreneurship and Innovation3
MGT 3304Management Theory and Leadership Practice3
SBIO 2614Introduction to Forest Products Marketing3
SBIO 3445
SBIO 3446
Entrepreneurial Wood Design and Innovation
and Entrepreneurial Wood Design and Innovation
SBIO 3464Sustainable Operations Management3
SBIO 3554Sustainable Biomaterials Enterprises3
SBIO 4714Performance of Sustainable Biomaterials in Buildings3
Free Electives
Select 19 credit hours19
Total Credits49

Sustainable Biomaterials Science Track

BCHM 3114Biochemistry for Biotechnology and the Life Sciences3
CHEM 1036General Chemistry3
CHEM 2114Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 2124Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Techniques and Practice1
CHEM 2535Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2536Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 2545Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 2546Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 4615Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences3
PHYS 2205General Physics3
PHYS 2206General Physics3
SBIO 3434Chemistry and Conversion of Sustainable Biomaterials3
SBIO 4444Plant Polymers & Biocomposites3
SBIO 3444Sustainable Biomaterials and Bioenergy3
or SBIO 4424 Polysaccharide Chemistry
Free Electives
Select 13 credit hours13
Total Credits49

Sustainable Residential Structures Track

CHEM 1036General Chemistry3
PHYS 2205General Physics3
RED 2604Residential Design3
SBIO 2314Building Information Modeling for Wood-Based Construction3
SBIO 3324Green Building Systems3
SBIO/CEM 4314Design of Wood Structures3
SBIO 4714Performance of Sustainable Biomaterials in Buildings3
Free Electives
Select 28 credit hours28
Total Credits49

Satisfactory Progress

By the end of the semester in which the student has attempted 60 hours (including transfer, advanced placement, advanced standing, and credit by examination), “satisfactory progress” towards a B.S. degree in the College of Natural Resources and Environment will include the following minimum criteria:

  • Having a grade point average of at least 2.0
  • Passing at least 24 semester credits that apply to Pathways for General Education
  • Passing the required 1000-level courses in Biology, Chemistry, English, and Math

Foreign Language Requirement

2 years of one language in high school or an 1105-1106 foreign language (e.g., FR, GR, SPAN) grouping if less than two years of one language in high school.


Courses should be taken in a sequence that ensures that prerequisite or co-requisite requirements are met. Free elective courses may also have prerequisite requirements. Students should plan ahead and ensure that they have completed prerequisites or are enrolled in co-requisite courses. If a student chooses to take CHEM 2114 Analytical Chemistry, then they must also complete CHEM 1046 General Chemistry Laboratory or CHEM 1066 General Chemistry for Chemistry Majors Lab in addition to the co-requisite for this course. Prerequisite: Some courses required for this major have prerequisites. Please refer to Undergraduate Course Catalog or consult your advisor for information about prerequisite requirements.

In-major GPA Computation

Includes all courses designated SBIO. The acceptable cumulative minimum is 2.0