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DEPARTMENT OF Chemical Engineering
Renewable Materials Science

Be at the forefront of developing new materials, composites, and fibers from completely renewable resources.

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Are you passionate about minimizing our collective environmental footprint and maximizing sustainability? In the Renewable Materials Science program, students learn about the science of turning trees, plants, and grasses into viable materials for construction, packaging, and more.

Our courses focus on the intersection of chemistry and biology.

Students can explore a variety of careers in modern packaging, natural products and renewable materials industries, focused on technical, scientific and managerial tracks. Students choose one of the following track options: 

  • Paper Science
  • Wood Science
  • Polymer Science

Program Requirements

Student looking at an experiment in a laboratory.

 

Students engaged in research.

Become an environmental steward.

Learn how sustainable, renewable, and recyclable resources are widely used today in our daily lives.

Laboratory demonstration.

Acquire in-depth
knowledge.

Engineers with training in chemical and paper engineering assume a leadership role in the technological revolution that is rapidly reshaping our world and creating enormous opportunities for those businesses with the vision and foresight to invest in their future.

Students learning from faculty.

Learn from world-class faculty.

World class faculty lead innovative research programs and develop new technologies for the future bioresource economy and new functional biomaterials. 

Renewable Materials Science Degree Outcomes

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.

Academic Year Program Enrollment (Fall) B.S. Graduate
2023-2024 4  
2022-2023 4 2
2021-2022 5  
2020-2021 1  
2019-2020 3  
2018-2019 0