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Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

Gary M. Scott, Chair
205 Walters Hall
315-470-6501
315-470-6945
(fax)

The academic programs in the department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering (PBE) emphasize fundamental engineering science and engineering skills pertaining to chemical engineering with specialization in the pulp, paper and allied industries, and the bioprocess and chemical industries. Programs include courses in traditional areas of applied chemistry, industrial bioprocessing/biotechnology, chemical engineering, and pulp and paper technology.

The department’s educational programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are committed to preparing students for leadership roles in the paper and bioproducts industries. The department comprises nine distinguished faculty members who maintain research programs in a wide range of areas including biopulping, wood pulping and bleaching chemistry, paper physics and papermaking, chemical and process engineering, materials science, and surface and colloid science, among others.

Bachelor of Science in Bioprocess Engineering

The bioprocess engineering program prepares students for work in the emerging bioprocessing and biofuels industry to produce energy and related chemical products from renewable resources. Students in this program master a variety of subjects that are normally found in a chemical engineering program and supplement those studies with advanced courses specific to bioprocess engineering. The program focuses on the use of sustainable renewable biomass to replace petroleum in chemicals, pharmaceuticals, energy and industrial productss in a sustainable manner.

The bioprocess engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 205Calculus I for Science and Engineering G4
APM 206Calculus for Science and Engineering IIG4
APM 307Multivariable Calculus 4
APM 485Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists 3
BPE 132Introduction to Process Engineering I 1
BPE 300Introduction to Industrial Bioprocessing 3
EFB 103General Biology II: Cell Biology and Genetics G3
EFB 104General Biology II Laboratory G1
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 150General Chemistry I G3
FCH 151General Chemistry Laboratory I G1
FCH 152General Chemistry II G3
FCH 153General Chemistry Laboratory II G1
FCH 221Organic Chemistry I 3
FCH 222Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
FCH 223
AND
FCH 224
OR
PSE 223
Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Introduction to Lignocellulosics





3

1

4
FCH 360Physical Chemistry I 3
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
GNE 160Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General Physics II Laboratory 1
PSE 133Introduction to Process Engineering II 1
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
PSE 370Principles of Mass and Energy Balance 3
* Only FCH 223/224 or PSE 223, not both.

Lower Division Electives

Students are required to take two among the following four.

General Education Course: American History G 3
General Education Course: Western Civilization G 3
General Education Course: Other World Civilization G 3
General Education Course: The Arts G 3

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 395Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
BPE 304Summer Internship in Bioprocess Engineering 2
BPE 310Colloid and Interface Science 3
BPE 335Transport Phenomena 3
BPE 420Bioseparations 3
BPE 421Bioprocess Kinetics and Systems Engineering 3
BPE 430Process Operations Laboratory 3
BPE 435Unit Process Operations 3
BPE 440Bioprocess and Systems Laboratory 3
BPE 481Bioprocess Engineering Design 3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 444Professional Writing/Paper & Bioprocess Engineering 2
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
PSE 371Fluid Mechanics 3
PSE 477Process Control 3
PSE 480Engineering Design Economics 3

Directed Electives

Nine credits out of the following.

Junior or higher Biology or Biochemistry Electives 0-9
Junior or higher Chemistry Electives 0-9
Junior or higher Engineering Electives 0-9

The list of directed elective courses is available in the student handbook and from the student’s advisor. Students are encouraged to select elective courses to focus on one concentration area from among the following: biomolecular engineering, biochemical engineering, biopolymer engineering, bioenergy engineering, biomaterials, environmental engineering, industrial engineering or paper engineering.

Internships, Co-ops, and Research Experiences

Bioprocess engineering students enjoy the advantage of hands-on learning in the bioprocess and allied industries through faculty-guided internships and cooperative education (co-op) assignments. All students are required to complete an internship, co- op or research experience in the industry or in a research setting. Internships provide students with valuable experience and financial benefits. There is a two credit course following the Bioprocess Engineering experience to summarize the experience with a report and a presentation for completion of the internship.

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 128

Bachelor of Science in Paper Engineering

The paper engineering program is a chemical engineering-based curriculum designed to provide greater depth in fiber and paper processing for students preparing for an engineering career in the pulp, paper and allied industries.

The pulp and paper industry is at the forefront of the renewable resources industry. It represents the first industry that uses biomass in large quantities to produce commodity and specialized products. Graduates are well prepared to move into assignments in the engineering field and advance quickly to positions of responsibility in the analysis and design of processes and equipment. The paper engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 205Calculus I for Science and Engineering G4
APM 206Calculus for Science and Engineering IIG4
APM 307Multivariable Calculus 4
APM 485Differential Equations for Engineers and Scientists 3
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 150General Chemistry I G3
FCH 151General Chemistry Laboratory I G1
FCH 152General Chemistry II G3
FCH 153General Chemistry Laboratory II G1
FCH 221Organic Chemistry I 3
FCH 222Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
FCH 223
AND
FCH 224
OR
PSE 223
Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

Introduction to Lignocellulosics





3

1

4
FCH 360Physical Chemistry I 3
GNE 160Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General Physics II Laboratory 1
PSE 132Introduction to Process Engineering I 1
PSE 133Introduction to Process Engineering II 1
PSE 200Introduction to Papermaking 3
PSE 201The Art and Early History of Papermaking G3
PSE 202Pulp and Paper Laboratory Skills 1
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
PSE 370Principles of Mass and Energy Balance 3

Lower Division Electives

Students are required to take one among the following three.

General Education Course: American History G 3
General Education Course: Western Civilization G 3
General Education Course: Other World Civilization G 3

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 395Probability and Statistics for Engineers 3
BPE 335Transport Phenomena 3
BPE 430Process Operations Laboratory 3
BPE 435Unit Process Operations 3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 407Writing for Environmental & Science Professionals 3
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
GNE 330Professional Engineering Skills Seminar 0.5
PSE 304Professional Experience/Synthesis 2
PSE 350Fiber Processing 3
PSE 371Fluid Mechanics 3
PSE 465Fiber and Paper Properties 3
PSE 468Papermaking Processes 6
PSE 477Process Control 3
PSE 480Engineering Design Economics 3
PSE 481Engineering Design 3

ESF 200 and EWP 407 are to be taken in the same semester in the same time block. Please consult your advisor if you have questions.

Directed Electives

Engineering Directed Electives 9

The list of directed elective courses is available in the student handbook and from the student’s advisor. Some courses are available in an exchange program with Germany.

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 128

Bachelor of Science in Renewable Materials Science

The renewable materials science program educates students in the science of materials and products made from renewable resources. The program provides an in-depth knowledge of materials such as wood, paper, modern packaging materials, natural fiber materials and advanced materials emphasizing sustainability, environmental consciousness and minimizing environmental footprint.

Students can explore a variety of careers in modern packaging, natural products and renewable materials industries, focused on technical, scientific and managerial tracks. The program will have the following options: paper, wood and polymer science. The third option is conducted with the Department of Chemistry.

Course Listings

Technical Elective Courses

Students completing the renewable materials science program must complete 15 credits of electives in order to satisfy the graduation requirements. This technical elective requirement may be satisfied by completing one of the college-wide minors listed below:

  • Bioprocess Science
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management Studies
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Other relevant minors in Wood Science, Paper or Polymer Science/Chemistry

Students not completing one of the listed minors must complete at least 15 credits of department- approved technical elective concentration coursework in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Pollution abatement
  • Applied mathematics
  • Computer modeling
  • Mechanics
  • Engineering design
  • Materials science
  • Forestry and forest management
  • Biotechnology
  • Wood science
  • Other department-approved areas
  • Other relevant minors in Wood Science, Paper or Polymer Science/Chemistry

Paper Science Option

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 205Calculus I for Science and Engineering G4
APM 206Calculus for Science and Engineering IIG4
EFB 336Dendrology 3
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 150General Chemistry I G3
FCH 151General Chemistry Laboratory I G1
FCH 152General Chemistry II G3
FCH 153General Chemistry Laboratory II G1
FCH 221Organic Chemistry I 3
FCH 222Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
FCH 360Physical Chemistry I 3
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
GNE 160Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3
GNE 271Statics 3
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General Physics II Laboratory 1
PSE 201The Art and Early History of Papermaking G3
PSE 223Introduction to Lignocellulosics 4
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
RMS 132
RMS 133
RMS 200Renewable Materials and Composites from Lignocellulosics 3

Lower Division Electives

Students are required to take two courses from among the following four, as well as taking a total of 30 credit hours of General Education coursework in total.

General Education Course: American History G 3
General Education Course: Western Civilization G 3
General Education Course: Other World Civilization G 3
General Education Course: Foreign Language G 3

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 391Introduction to Probability and Statistics G3
BPE 310Colloid and Interface Science 3
EFB 326Plant Evolution, Diversification and Conservation 3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 444Professional Writing/Paper & Bioprocess Engineering 2
GNE 273Mechanics of Materials 3
PSE 370Principles of Mass and Energy Balance 3
PSE 456Management in Industry 3
RMS 335
RMS 387
RMS 388
RMS 422
RMS 465Renewable Materials and Surfaces 3
RMS 468
RMS 481

ESF 200 and EWP 444 are to be taken in the same semester in the same time block. Please consult your advisor if you have questions.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

Students are required to take 2 Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) electives (6 credits). Please see your advisor when selecting courses to meet SUNY’s definition of "liberal arts and sciences"

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives 6

Paper Science Electives

Students are required to take 4 Paper Science directed electives (12 credits).

CourseCodes*Credits
BPE 335Transport Phenomena 3
ERE 440Water and Wastewater Treatment 3
GNE 461Air Pollution Engineering 3
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
PSE 371Fluid Mechanics 3
PSE 477Process Control 3
PSE 480Engineering Design Economics 3
PSE 481Engineering Design 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 124

Wood Science Option

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 205Calculus I for Science and Engineering G4
APM 206Calculus for Science and Engineering IIG4
EFB 336Dendrology 3
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 150General Chemistry I G3
FCH 151General Chemistry Laboratory I G1
FCH 152General Chemistry II G3
FCH 153General Chemistry Laboratory II G1
FCH 221Organic Chemistry I 3
FCH 222Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
FCH 360Physical Chemistry I 3
GNE 160Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3
GNE 271Statics 3
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General Physics II Laboratory 1
PSE 223Introduction to Lignocellulosics 4
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
RMS 132
RMS 133
RMS 200Renewable Materials and Composites from Lignocellulosics 3

Lower Division Electives

Students are required to take three General Education courses from among the following five, as well as taking a total of 30 credit hours of General Education coursework in total.

General Education Course: The Arts G 3
General Education Course: Foreign Language G 3
General Education Course: American History G 3
General Education Course: Western Civilization G 3
General Education Course: Other World Civilization G 3

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 391Introduction to Probability and Statistics G3
BPE 310Colloid and Interface Science 3
EFB 326Plant Evolution, Diversification and Conservation 3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 444Professional Writing/Paper & Bioprocess Engineering 2
GNE 273Mechanics of Materials 3
PSE 456Management in Industry 3
RMS 322
RMS 335
RMS 387
RMS 388
RMS 422
RMS 465Renewable Materials and Surfaces 3
RMS 468
RMS 481

ESF 200 and EWP 444 are to be taken in the same semester in the same time block. Please consult your advisor if you have questions.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives

Students are required to take 2 Liberal Arts and Science (LAS) electives (6 credits). Please see your advisor when selecting courses to meet SUNY’s definition of "liberal arts and sciences"

Liberal Arts and Sciences Electives 6

Wood Science Electives

Students are required to take 4 Wood Science electives, selected from the following (12 credits).

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 326
CME 330Building Code of New York State 3
CME 404Applied Structures 3
CME 410
CME 444Materials Marketing 3
MCR 480Fundamentals of Microscopy 3
MCR 580Microtechnique of Wood 3
PSE 438Biorenewable fibrous and nonfibrous products 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 124

Polymer Science Option

Lower Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 205Calculus I for Science and Engineering G4
APM 206Calculus for Science and Engineering IIG4
EWP 190Writing and the Environment G3
EWP 290Research Writing and HumanitiesG3
FCH 150General Chemistry I G3
FCH 151General Chemistry Laboratory I G1
FCH 152General Chemistry II G3
FCH 153General Chemistry Laboratory II G1
FCH 221Organic Chemistry I 3
FCH 222Organic Chemistry Laboratory I 1
FCH 223Organic Chemistry II 3
FCH 224Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
FCH 384Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds 1 - 2
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
GNE 160Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3
GNE 271Statics 3
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General Physics II Laboratory 1
RMS 132
RMS 133
RMS 200Renewable Materials and Composites from Lignocellulosics 3

Lower Division Electives

Students are required to take three among the following five General Education Courses, plus one free elective.

General Education Course: The Arts G 3
General Education Course: Foreign Language G 3
General Education Course: American History G 3
General Education Course: Western Civilization G 3
General Education Course: Other World Civilization G 3
Free Elective 3

Upper Division Required Courses

CourseCodes*Credits
APM 391Introduction to Probability and Statistics G3
BPE 310Colloid and Interface Science 3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 444Professional Writing/Paper & Bioprocess Engineering 2
FCH 360Physical Chemistry I 3
FCH 361Physical Chemistry II 3
FCH 380Analytical Chemistry I: Gravimetric, Titrimetric and Potentiometric Analysis 3
FCH 381Analytical Chemistry II: Spectroscopic, Chromatographic and Electroanalytical Instrumental Technique 3
FCH 384Spectrometric Identification of Organic Compounds 1 - 2
FCH 497Undergraduate Seminar 1
FCH 498Introduction to Research 1 - 5
FCH 550Polymer Science: Synthesis and Mechanisms 3
FCH 551Polymer Techniques 3
FCH 552Polymer Science: Properties and Technology 3
GNE 273Mechanics of Materials 3
PSE 456Management in Industry 3
MCR 480Fundamentals of Microscopy 3
RMS 387
RMS 388
RMS 422
RMS 465Renewable Materials and Surfaces 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 124

Graduate Program in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

The department participates in graduate education leading to the master of professional studies (M.P.S.), master of science (M.S.) and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in Paper and Bioprocess Engineering. Four options are available within this program:

  • Paper Science and Engineering (PSE)
  • Bioprocess Engineering (BPE)
  • Biomaterials Engineering (BME)
  • Sustainable Engineering Management (SEM)

The graduate program allows students to investigate a diverse range of topics in the area of pulp and paper design, process and product development, and manufacturing, as well as the production of chemicals, energy and other products from sustainable raw material sources using both chemical and biological methods. The overall objective of the option is to educate students at the M.P.S., M.S. and Ph.D. level in the development of new processes and products that can be produced in an ecologically sound and sustainable manner.

Options

Paper Science and Engineering Option

The PSE option in the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering program offers areas of study in:

  • Pulping and Bleaching Processes (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Colloidal Chemistry and Fiber Flocculation (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Fiber and Paper Physics (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Process and Environmental Systems Engineering (M.P.S., M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Pulp and Paper Technology (M.P.S.)

Bioprocess Engineering Option

Projects conducted in the department under this option develop fundamental knowledge of biorefinery processes for application in the production of a wide spectrum of industrial products and fuels from bioresources, primarily lignocellulosics.

Research is also supported by various U.S. federal and N.Y. state governmental agencies, sometimes in conjunction with private industrial partners. 

The BPE option in the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering program offers areas of study in:

  • Biocatalysis and Bioreaction Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Bioseparations Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Bioprocess Design, Simulation and Control (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Bioenvironmental Engineering (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Renewable Energy and Biofuels (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Biopharmaceuticals (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Industrial Biological Processes (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Bioprocess Engineering (M.P.S.)

Biomaterials Engineering (BME) Option

The BME option in the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering program offers areas of study in:

  • Biocomposite Materials, Biopolymers (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Bioactive Materials and Biosensors (M.S., Ph.D.)
  • Nanocomposites and Nanostructured Materials (M.S., Ph.D.)

Sustainable Engineering Management (SEM) Option

The program in Sustainable Engineering Management allows students to investigate a variety of science and engineering topics together with courses in business, management, policy, law and other fields to form a Professional Science Master’s program (P.S.M.) recognized by the Council of Graduate Schools. 

Students in this program must complete a total of 36 credit hours.  The topical core of the program consists of 21 credit hours of courses in their technical field. An additional 12 credits of courses in business, management, policy, law and other areas constitute the “plus” courses in the degree.  An integrative experience (3 credit hours) in the form of an internship or research experience is also required. The selection of the “plus” courses as well as technical electives allows students to develop study programs tailored to their individual interests and strengths. 

The M.P.S. program in Sustainable Engineering Management is intended for students who:

  • have a B.S. degree in an appropriate STEM field and wish to extend their technical knowledge in this area together with obtaining professional skills characterized by the “plus” courses
  • have worked in the industry and wish to return for a professional degree that incorporates business skills into the program.

Students entering the M.P.S. program should have a B.S. degree in a science- or engineering-related field. In terms of coursework, students should have the necessary prerequisites to take the courses that are required for the degree or be prepared to take these courses prior to taking the required courses. In general, students should have taken as part of their undergraduate program at least two semesters of calculus, two semesters of general chemistry, a semester of physics and a semester of biology. Additional chemistry, biology, and computer science courses, while not required, would be helpful.

The SEM option in the Paper and Bioprocess Engineering program offers areas of study in:

  • Bioprocess Engineering (M.P.S.)
  • Paper Engineering (M.P.S.)

Wood Science

Ph.D. and M.S. in Wood Science

Applicants for the M.S. or Ph.D. degrees in the wood science option are required to have a bachelor's degree in science, engineering or related degree. Applicants must have completed at least one semester of coursework in chemistry, biology, physics and calculus.

Areas of study in Wood Science include: Wood drying, wood anatomy and ultrastructure, wood durability and decay, tropical timbers, wood preservation. Applicants must have the appropriate undergraduate degree for the area of study they pursue.

M. P. S. in Wood Science

The M.P.S. degree in Wood Science is open to students with a demonstrated interest in wood science or the wood products industry. A bachelor’s degree in science or engineering is strongly recommended. Applicants to the M.P.S. in wood science and technology should have completed at least one semester of coursework in chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus.

Two coursework options are available:

M. P. S. Coursework—Core courses (12-21 credits), construction management courses (3-9 credits), application electives (3-9 credits), professional experience/synthesis (3-6 credits). Courses are selected in consultation with and with approval of the steering committee.

Core courses (12-21 credits):

Construction Management courses: (3 to 9 credits) (or others with committee approval)

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 587Renewable Materials for Sustainable Construction 3
CME 596
CME 682
CME 686Wood-Water Relationships 3
CME 770Biodegradation of Wood 3
MCR 580Microtechnique of Wood 3
MCR 680Fundamentals of Microscopy 3
MCR 683
OR
MCR 685
Operation of the Transmission Electron Microscope

Transmission Electron Microscopy



3

5
CourseCodes*Credits
CME 543Construction Estimating 3
CME 653Construction Planning and Scheduling 3
CME 654Construction Project Management 3

Application Electives: (3-9 credits) (courses selected with committee approval)

Professional Experience/Synthesis (3-6 credits):

CourseCodes*Credits
CME 898Professional Experience/Synthesis 1 - 6

* Special Course Codes (Code indicates course meets certain program or accreditation requirements. Ignore if there is no relevance to this program of study.) G = General Education Course (GenEd), E = Engineering, ES = Engineering Sciences, M = Mathematic, NS = Natural Sciences, PE = Professional Education, S = Summer-only

Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Bioprocessing

The Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing program was developed through a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort between business and academia to take advantage of this region's unique expertise and resources. Graduates of the program will support the development and manufacture of products produced through bioprocesses, such as those produced in the pharmaceutical and fermentation industries, and biorefineries.

The purpose of the certificate program is to provide:

  • Graduate education in bioprocessing that leads to a documented level of competency for practice;
  • A structured and documented course of study at the graduate level; and
  • A means for students to improve their competitive position in the employment marketplace.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in engineering, science or a related area. The student must have the required prerequisite background in topics that are fundamental to bioprocessing guided from previous coursework or professional experience. Applicants must demonstrate competence in pre-calculus and quantitative problem solving, preferably with calculus.  Students who are matriculated in ESF graduate degree programs are not eligible to earn the Advanced Certificate in Bioprocessing.

Application and admissions procedures, compliance with college requirements for successful graduate-level study, and the awarding of advanced certificates are administered by the dean of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Applicants should complete and submit the application form to the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Upon completion of program credit hour requirements, students will file a certificate request form that identifies completed coursework and initiates actions to produce official transcripts, leading to the award of the certificate. The curriculum consists of five technical courses including a capstone professional experience/synthesis course that will provide participants with a variety of skills supporting the technical aspects of the program. The capstone course will challenge students to use the skills they learned throughout the program and apply those skills to relevant business settings. Students will complete 15 credits hours of specific graduate coursework with an average grade of B or better.


* Special Course Codes (Code indicates course meets certain program or accreditation requirements. Ignore if there is no relevance to this program of study.) G = General Education Course (GenEd), E = Engineering, ES = Engineering Sciences, M = Mathematic, NS = Natural Sciences, PE = Professional Education, S = Summer-only

Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in Radiation Curing Chemistry

The online graduate certificate in Radiation Curing Chemistry is intended for individuals employed or who aspire to employment in the advanced manufacturing sustainable materials sector, particularly those utilizing inks, coatings, resins, and/or adhesives.  This certificate program will introduce and strengthen knowledge and skills related to ultraviolet and electron beam (UV/EB) curing of polymer technologies and their application.  Participants will be able to apply a theory-based framework to appropriately select resin systems and radiation curing technologies that meet application needs.  Participants will construct and use a decision-making framework to analyze, problem-solve, and work with polymer/curing/application systems. This certificate was developed by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF), in partnership with RadTech International North America, the association for ultraviolet and electron beam technologies, and other partners. 

Program topics include:

  • Fundamentals of polymer chemistry pertinent to functional inks, coatings, resins and adhesives. 
  • Industrial applications of radiation curable resins and the advantages / disadvantages of various curing techniques.
  • Interactions of radiation with components of radiation curable formulations and representative surfaces/substrates during curing processes.
  • Curing technique and dosage appropriate to various end-use applications.
  • Applications of radiation curable formulations to a surfaces/substrates and related safety operations. 
  • Environmental impacts and financial costs of radiation curable chemistries and equipment.
  • Current and emerging events, issues, and trends within the radiation curing field.

Applicants must hold a bachelor's of science degree from an accredited institution in engineering, science or a related area, with at least one semester of organic chemistry, or obtain permission from the instructor, to enter this program.

Students earn 6 graduate credits through two online courses, as well as a post-baccalaureate Certificate of Advanced Study (participants must complete all courses with a cumulative grade of 3.0 or better).

Application and admissions procedures generally follow college requirements for successful graduate-level study, although please note that GRE scores are NOT required for admission to this Advanced Certificate.   Applicants should complete and submit the application form to the Office of Instruction and Graduate Studies. Upon completion of program credit hour requirements, students will file a certificate request form that identifies completed coursework and initiates actions to produce official transcripts, leading to the award of the certificate.