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B.S. Renewable Materials

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Use Less, Go Further

Sustainability, innovation and green building are words to live by for professionals in renewable materials. Learn to design, develop and promote forest products that use renewable wood-based building materials and create new pathways for bio-based energy. Customize your education based on your career goals in a program accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology.

Fast Facts

  • Accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology
  • Only program of its kind with an integrated business curriculum
  • Take advantage of five career tracks
  • Dedicated Biomaterials Laboratory
  • Innovative and involved faculty
  • Materials engineer
  • Building component designer
  • Forest products marketing
  • Production and operations manager
  • Biofuels or bio-plastics product developer


Potential salaries are based
upon mid-career national averages.
Degree Roadmap


credits required to graduate

Sample plan: Renewable Materials

Earn a minor in Renewable Materials.

Degree Prep

The most prepared Renewable Materials students have completed high school courses such as:

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Statistics
  • Communication
  • Pre-Calculus
Lab Fees


Average cost per semester
Through the course of the degree, students participate
in required labs and field trips. Actual cost per semester will vary by classes.

Thanks to the generous support of numerous individual and organizational donors and benefactors, students in the College of Natural Resources have access to 89 private, state, and continuing education funds.

You can find general need- and merit-based scholarships on the Financial Aid Office's scholarships page.

Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Get Involved
Get Involved
Hands-On Learning Intro to Renewable Materials is a hands-on lab course focusing on concept creation and product development. This course is so popular that many students throughout the university choose to take it as an elective. 
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Logger Sports Club
  • CNR Living, Learning Community (College of Natural Resources residence hall)