Sustainable Technology & Materials-New Major!

The Sustainable Materials & Technology major prepares students for 21st. century jobs helping busiesses and communities reduce their ecological footprint through efficient use of renewable natural materials, such as wood, bamboo and cork, in the manufacture and use of value added products.  Students gain a strong foundation in economics, environmental science and engineering, sociology, and other courses which prepares them to design, manufacture, and sell natural sustainable biomaterials.  The degree program is for those who are interested in a career in a growing field with job flexibility, high job placement rates with great starting salaries, a tradition of success, and an unlimited future.  Some scholarships are available.

Areas of focus in this major:

  • Sustainable materials for green housing
  • Properties of renewable materials
  • Chemistry of sustainable materials
  • Industrial ecology
  • Sustainable composites & biopolymers
  • Processing of biomaterials
  • Environmental ethics
  • Pollution prevention
  • Recycling for a sustainable environment


Courses include:

Sustainable Materials for Green Housing, Anatomy & Properties of Biomaterials, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Recycling to Create a Sustainable Environment, Industrial Ecology, Engineering Economic Analysis, Mechanical Properties of Sustainable Materials


College of Natural Resources
Environmental and Natural Resources
Academic Department: 
Forest Biomaterials
Skills You Could Develop: 
Problem Solving
Product Development
Learn More About This Major: 

Department of Forest Biomaterials-view the video and check out the internship and career information.

Forest Products Society-student organization

Experiences & Resources to Consider: 

Undergraduate Research-Opportunities for students to engage with faculty in research projects.  Great way to get practical experience and to enhance resume while an undergrad; make professional contacts, explore advanced educational opportunities.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Services-Information about summer jobs, internships, and permanent opportunities.  Assistance with preparation of resumes and cover letters.

 Study Abroad-Study in another country and experience the wonders of another culture.

HealthPAC-Resources for students who are interested in health programs and careers. Program prerequisites for medical, dental, optometry, physical therapy, physician assistant, nursing and more. Advising is available. Students are encouraged to use this resource early in their college career.

VetPAC-Advising for students who are considering graduate or professional school in veterinary medicine.

Pre-Law Services-Students who are interested in law school can benefit from the advising available with this program.


Career Titles: 
Plant Manager
Project Engineer
Technical Director
Sustainablity Manager
Quality Control Manager
Technical Sales