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Catalog Information Subject to Change

The current ESF Catalog is online only, and is updated as needed throughout the year. To view the version officially associated with a particular year of entry to the College, please refer to the appropriate catalog of record.

ESF Course Descriptions

RMS 132 Introduction to Renewable Materials Science I (1)
One hour lecture or three-hour lab/field trip per week. Introduction to renewable materials and their utilization as fields of enquiry and as career paths. Introduction to campus resources available to ensure campus success. Credit will not be granted for more than one of BPE 132, PSE 132, or RMS 132.

RMS 133 Introduction to Renewable Materials Science II (1)
One hour of lecture or three-hour workshop per week. Introduction to the tools needed for successful learning about renewable materials science, such as the scientific method, calculations, basic statistics, problem solving, ethics, professional responsibility, and internship and co-op requirements. Credit will not be granted for more than one of BPE 133, PSE 133 or RMS 133. Fall.

RMS 200 Renewable Materials and Composites from Lignocellulosics (3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week; this is an introductory modular course in renewable materials; structure and composition of lignocellulosics/wood; production, properties and use of wood products and wood composites; pulp, paper, packaging, and lignin products; polymers: natural and synthetic. Fall
Prerequisites: Two semesters of General Chemistry Lecture and Lab, Calculus I and II, Two semesters of General Physics and Lab Co-requisite: Organic Chemistry I Lecture and Lab

RMS 322 Wood Machining (3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory/discussion per week. Evaluate principles involved in machining wood for production and use as products. Study reasons for and methods of various machining operations. Evaluate relations between the substrate, the surface created, chip formation and the cutting tool. Fall.

RMS 335 Transport Properties of Materials (3)
Two lectures/one laboratory per week. Transport phenomena applied to wood and paper. Discussions and demonstrations of the movement of gases and liquids through wood (seasoning and preservation) and paper (drying) and transport of fibers in suspension (pulp slurries). Topics include conduction, convective heat and mass transfer, diffusion in both steady-state and transient situations. Discussion of specific industrial examples. Spring.
RMS 387, RMS 388, PSE 370

RMS 376 Decay of Wood Products (3)
Three hours of lecture/laboratory/demonstration per week. Degradation of wood by fungi and other biological agents. Emphasis on the effects of decay on wood properties, methods of decay detection in wood products and decay prevention. Spring.
Prerequisite: RMS 387

RMS 387 Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
Three hours of discussion, lecture and demonstration per week. Properties and uses of wood and other renewable materials as a major construction materials. Identification and knowledge of the major wood species and their applications in construction. Fall.

RMS 388 Wood and Fiber Identification Laboratory (2)
Six hours of laboratory per week. Wood and papermaking fiber identification using both gross and microscopic features. Fall.

RMS 422 Composite Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
Two hours of lecture, three hours of laboratory per week. Properties, manufacture, and design of multiphase materials. Applications and testing for service in sustainable construction systems and life-cycle analysis. Spring.
Prerequisite(s): GNE 271, Statics and CME 387, Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction

RMS 465 Renewable Materials and Surfaces: Testing (3)
Study bulk and surface properties of porous materials, including structure, morphology, mechanical, optical, thermal and moisture equilibrium and dynamics. Applications to wood products and wood composites, pulp/paper/packaging products; natural and synthetic polymers. Fall.
Pre-requisites: RMS 200 or by instructor’s permission

RMS 468 Product Design: Timber or Paper (3)
Independent study. The student demonstrates mastery of RMS principles by producing a new application of those principles to the design and construction of a prototype model. Fall.
Senior standing in Renewable Materials Science or permission of instructor

RMS 481 Capstone Project/Senior Thesis (3)
Independent study. Demonstrate mastery of RMS program content by undertaking a project following consultation with the instructor. Required elements are: creative and critical thinking and an ability to analyze data collected/generated by the student, leading to a conclusion that is presented in a written and oral technical report. Senior standing or permission of instructor. Spring.
Senior standing in Renewable Materials Science or permission of instructor

RMS 496 Special Topics in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 3)
Lectures, readings, problems and discussions. Topics in renewable materials science as agreed upon with adviser. Fall, spring or summer. (1-3)

RMS 498 Research Problems in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 4)
Independent work on a research project in renewable materials science as agreed upon with adviser. A literature review, suitable research plan, execution of the research plan, collection of data and presentation in a written report is required. Fall, Spring or Summer. (1-4).

RMS 587 Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
Three hours of discussion, lecture and demonstration per week. Properties and uses of wood and other renewable materials as major construction materials. Identification and knowledge of the major wood species and their applications in construction. Evaluation of current practices and materials. Fall.

RMS 596 Special Topics in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 3)
Lectures, conferences, discussions and laboratory. Topics in Renewable Materials Science not covered in established courses. Designed for the beginning graduate student or selected upper-division undergraduate. Fall and/or Spring.

RMS 622 Composite Materials for Sustainable Construction (3)
Two hours of lecture, three hours of laboratory per week. Properties, manufacture, and design of multiphase materials. Applications and testing for service in sustainable construction systems and life-cycle analysis. Evaluation of current practices and materials. Spring.
Prerequisite(s): GNE 271, Statics, and RMS 387 or RMS 587, Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction

RMS 796 Advanced Topics in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 3)
Lectures, conferences, discussions and/or laboratory. Advanced topics in renewable materials science. Fall and/or Spring. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

RMS 798 Research in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 12)
Independent research topics in renewable materials science. Fall, Spring or Summer. Credit hours to be arranged

RMS 898 Professional Experience in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 6)
A supervised, documented professional work experience in the Master of Professional Studies degree program. Fall, Spring, or Summer. Pre- or co-requisite(s): Approval of proposed study plan by advisor, Faculty, and any sponsoring organization.
Pre- or co-requisite(s): Approval of proposed study plan by advisor, Faculty, and any sponsoring organization.

RMS 899 Master's Thesis Research in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 12)
Research and independent study for the master's thesis. Fall, Spring or Summer. Credit hours to be arranged.

RMS 999 Doctoral Thesis Research in Renewable Materials Science (1 - 12)
Research and independent study for the doctoral dissertation. Fall, Spring or Summer. Credit hours to be arranged.

Course Numbering System

100-499: Undergraduate courses for which no graduate credit may be given.

500-599: Graduate courses designed expressly for areas of specialization in post-baccalaureate programs. Qualified undergraduate students may enroll by permission of the instructor.

600-699: Graduate courses designed expressly for advanced levels of specialization. Undergraduate students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better may enroll in these courses with an approved petition.

700-999: Advanced graduate level courses for which no undergraduate students may register. Shared resources courses, designated as 400/500 or 400/600, are designed when the topic coverage of both courses is the same. Separate course syllabuses are developed expressly differentiating the requirements and evaluative criteria between the undergraduate course and the graduate course. No type of cross-listing may be offered unless approved by the ESF faculty.