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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 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 Mechanical Processing (3)
Two hours of lecture and three hours of laboratory per week. Primary log reduction methods and industry practices. Lumber grading. Wood cutting principles. Machining practice in secondary wood-using industries. Experience in the operation of certain primary and secondary machining equipment. Fall.

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 (0)
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 (3)
Three hours of lecture and discussion per week; Bulk and Surface Properties of renewable materials: Multiphase (Porous) Materials. Structure & Morphology; Mechanical and Optical; Transport – Thermal and Moisture Equilibrium and Dynamics; Surfaces & Tribological Properties; Applications to Wood products and wood composites, Pulp/paper/packaging products; Polymers: Natural and Synthetic. Fall.
Pre-requisites: RMS200 or by instructor’s permission

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 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

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.