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M = Mathematics
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Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

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

Department of Paper and Bioprocess Engineering

GARY M. SCOTT, Chair
205 Walters Hall, 315-470-6501 FAX 315-470-6945

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.

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Bachelor of Science in Bioprocess Engineering

The bioprocess engineering program prepares students for careers as engineers in biological and chemical process-related fields, filling positions that are typically filled by chemical engineers following additional training. 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 wood and other renewable biomass materials to replace petroleum in energy and industrial product applications and on developing products and energy from sustainable sources in a sustainable manner, especially from wood and other lignocellulosic materials rather than non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels. 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 132Orientation Seminar: Bioprocess Engineering 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 223Organic Chemistry II 3
FCH 224Organic Chemistry Laboratory II 1
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 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PSE 223Introduction to Lignocellulosics 4
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
PSE 370Principles of Mass and Energy Balance 3

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 304
OR
BPE 305
OR
BPE 498
Summer Internship in Bioprocess Engineering

Co-op Experience in Bioprocess Engineering

Research Problem in Bioprocess Engineering





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BPE 310Colloid and Interface Science 3
BPE 335Transport Phenomena 3
BPE 336Transport Phenomena Laboratory 1
BPE 420Bioseparations 3
BPE 421Bioprocess Kinetics and Systems Engineering 3
BPE 435Unit Process Operations 3
BPE 440Bioprocess and Systems Laboratory 3
BPE 481Bioprocess Engineering Design 3
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 405Writing for Science Professionals 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

ESF 200 and EWP 405 are to be taken in the same semester in the same time block. Please consult your advisor if you have questions.

Directed Electives

Twelve credits out of the following.

Junior or higher Biology or Biochemistry Electives 0-12
Junior or higher Chemistry Electives 0-12
Junior or higher Engineering Electives 0-12

Free Electives

Free Elective 3

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 a two-credit internship, co-op or research program in the industry. Internships provide students with valuable experience, financial benefits and two credits toward graduation. Students must submit a report and give a presentation for completion of the internship.

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 127

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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





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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 132Orientation Seminar: Paper Science and Engineering 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
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 405Writing for Science Professionals 2
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 304Mill Experience 2
PSE 350Pulping and Bleaching Processes 3
PSE 371Fluid Mechanics 3
PSE 465Fiber and Paper Properties 3
PSE 468Papermaking Processes 6
PSE 480Engineering Design Economics 3
PSE 481Engineering Design 3

ESF 200 and EWP 405 are to be taken in the same semester in the same time block. Please consult your advisor if you have questions.

Directed Electives

Science Directed Electives 3
Engineering Directed Electives 18

Free Electives

Free Elective 3

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: 130

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Bachelor of Science in Paper Science

The paper science program allows those students who are more science-focused to prepare for careers in the pulp, paper and allied industries. Students graduating from this program are well-suited for employment in many different facets of the industry andthe allied chemical industry, as well as in applications of chemistry and biology. This program prepares students for careers in the technical, managerial or technical representative areas that extend in many directions.

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 223
AND
FCH 224
Organic Chemistry II

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II



3

1
FOR 207Introduction to Economics G3
GNE 160Computing Methods for Engineers and Scientists 3
PHY 211General Physics IG3
PHY 212General Physics II 3
PHY 221General Physics I Laboratory 1
PHY 222General Physics II Laboratory 1
PSE 132Orientation Seminar: Paper Science and Engineering 1
PSE 200Introduction to Papermaking 3
PSE 201The Art and Early History of Papermaking G3
PSE 202Pulp and Paper Laboratory Skills 1
PSE 370Principles of Mass and Energy Balance 3

Lower Division Electives

Students are required to take two 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
ESF 200Information Literacy 1
EWP 405Writing for Science Professionals 2
FCH 360Physical Chemistry I 3
FCH 361Physical Chemistry II 3
FCH 380Analytical Chemistry I: Gravimetric, Titrimetric and Potentiometric Analysis 3
PSE 304Mill Experience 2
PSE 350Pulping and Bleaching Processes 3
PSE 351Pulping and Bleaching Laboratory Skills 2
PSE 465Fiber and Paper Properties 4
PSE 466Paper Pigment and Barrier Coating 3
PSE 467Papermaking Wet End Chemistry 3
PSE 468Papermaking Processes 3

ESF 200 and EWP 405 are to be taken in the same semester in the same time block. Please consult your advisor if you have questions.

Engineering Electives

Nine credits out of the following.

CourseCodes*Credits
BPE 335Transport Phenomena 3
ERE 440Water Pollution Engineering 3
GNE 461Air Pollution Engineering 3
PSE 361Engineering Thermodynamics 3
PSE 371Fluid Mechanics 3
PSE 436Pulp and Paper Unit Operations 3
PSE 477Process Control 3
PSE 480Engineering Design Economics 3
PSE 481Engineering Design 3

Technical Elective Courses

Students completing the paper science program must complete 15-18 credits of technical electives in order to satisfy the graduation requirements. Courses taken to satisfy the engineering electives above cannot also be used to satisfy the technical elective requirement. This technical elective requirement can be satisfied by completing one of the collegewide minors listed below:

  • Bioprocess Science
  • Computer and Information Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General Management Studies
  • Marketing
  • Sustainable Construction

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

Free Electives

Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3

Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 126

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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.

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Options

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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.)

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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.)

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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.)

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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. 

The P.S.M. concept is an innovative graduate degree designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or engineering while also developing skills in the areas of business, management, and other professional skills. The educational objectives of the M.P.S. in Sustainable Engineering Management are to produce graduates who effectively practice engineering for the design and operation of systems and can also apply their knowledge of business, management, policy, and other areas to their particular area of Sustainable Engineering Management.

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.)

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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


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