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Academics at ESF: Undergraduate Minors
Paper Science Minor

Coordinator: Dr. Gary Scott

The paper and related industries (including pulp, mineral, chemical and machinery suppliers) continually seek knowledgeable and skilled employees. Each year, companies hire numerous graduates of chemical, mechanical and environmental engineering programs as well as chemists and other environmental professionals in addition to paper science and engineering graduates. Salaries for new hires are among the highest for all fields of study at the bachelor’s degree level. This minor gives students a basic understanding of the paper industry that will allow them to apply their major field of study to this growth industry. The paper science minor is available to all ESF undergraduate students (except students in paper engineering programs) who maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.70. Waivers to prerequisites of courses will be favorably considered in increase access to the minor across campus. Fifteen credit hours in paper science courses are required. 

Required courses (4 credits)

  • PSE 200 Introduction to Papermaking (3)
  • PSE 202 Pulp and Paper Laboratory Skills (1)

Directed Electives Courses (11 Credits)

ECH 202 Principles of Mass and Energy Balance (3)
PSE 201 The Art and Early History of Papermaking (3)
PSE 223 Introduction to Lignocellulosics (4)
PSE 304 Professional Internship (1)
PSE 305 Professional Co-op (1)
PSE 306 Professional Synthesis (1)
PSE 350 Fiber Processing (3)
PSE 436 Pulp and Paper Unit Operations (3)
PSE 437 Equipment Troubleshooting and Maintenance (3)
PSE 438 Biorenewable fibrous and nonfibrous products (3)
PSE 450 Pulping and Bleaching Processes 3
PSE 456 Management in Industry (3)
PSE 462 Papermaking Processes I (3)
PSE 465 Fiber and Paper Properties (4)
PSE 466 Paper Pigment and Barrier Coating (3)
PSE 467 Papermaking Wet End Chemistry (3)
PSE 469 Functional and Nano Additives (3)
PSE 478 Papermaking Processes II (2)
PSE 481 Engineering Design (3)
PSE 552 Fiber Materials Recycling and Processing (3)
RMS 200 Renewable Materials and Composites from Lignocellulosics (3)
RMS 335 Transport Properties of Materials (3)
RMS 388 Wood and Fiber Identification Laboratory (2)
RMS 465 Renewable Materials and Surfaces: Testing (3)