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renewable materials courses

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Your Renewable Materials degree has a number of course electives that will expand your knowledge and may help you meet your goals.

Your degree may also be enhanced with a minor in one of our other programs. Many of our classes cross over and help you build minor credits.

For detailed information, please visit the catalog description for this degree and its options.




Course Descriptions

Acct 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 cr)

Overview of the nature and purpose of general purpose financial statements provided to external decision makers; emphasis on use of financial statement information. May include evening exams.

Acct 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 cr)

Intro to cost behavior and managerial use of accounting information for planning, control, and performance evaluation. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Acct 201

Biol 102 Biology and Society (3 cr)

Not open to Biology majors or for minor cr. Principles of biology and their relationship to social issues. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk.

BLaw 265 Legal Environment of Business (3 cr)

Law and its relationship to society; legal framework of business enterprises; court organization and operation; private property and contracts as basic concepts in a free enterprise system. May involve evening exams.

Comm 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr)

Skills and techniques of effective speaking.

CSS 383 Natural Resource and Ecosystem Service Economics (3 cr)

The role and application of economic theories and methods in natural resource and ecosystem service decision-making. Economic tools are applied to the management of forests, fisheries, rangeland, recreation, wildlife, and other contemporary issues. (Spring only) Prereq: For 235 or CSS 235; and Econ 202 or Econ 272; and Math 143

Econ 202 Principles of Microeconomics (3 cr)

Econ 201 and Econ 202 may be taken in either order. Microeconomic principles governing production, price relationships, and income distribution. Econ 201 or Econ 202 carry only two cr after Econ 272. May involve some evening exams.

For 235 Society and Natural Resources (3 cr)

Same as CSS 235. An exploration of how people use, value, manage, impact, and are affected by natural resources; course emphasizes social and economic realities and political and legal processes in a context of current and historical natural resource issues. Two lectures and one 1-hr small discussion group meeting a week.

For 375 Introduction to Spatial Analysis for Natural Resource Management (3 cr)

Methods and techniques for obtaining quantitative and qualitative geospatial information from aerial and satellite images, maps, and the Global Positioning System for input into geographic information systems. Analysis of geospatial data for mapping, monitoring and planning associated with all aspects of natural resource management. Two lec and one 2-hr lab a wk. Prereq: College Algebra

NR 101 Exploring Natural Resources (1 cr)

Introduction to the interdisciplinary fields and professions in natural resources. (Fall only)

Phys 111 General Physics I (3 cr)

Kinematics, forces and dynamics, conservation laws, thermodynamics, waves. Three lec, one recitation, and one 2-hr lab a wk. Prereq: Math 143

Stat 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Credit awarded for only one of Stat 251, Stat 301, and Stat 416. Intro to statistical methods including design of statistical studies, basic sampling methods, descriptive statistics, probability and sampling distributions; inference in surveys and experiments, regression, and analysis of variance. Prereq: Math 108, Math 137, Math 143, Math 160, Math 170, or 2 yrs of high school algebra and Permission

RMat 100 Introduction to Renewable Materials (2 cr)

Overview of renewable building materials and bio-energy industries. Discovery laboratory in the use of renewable and recycled waste stream materials to create useful products. One lec and one three-hour lab a wk. (Fall only)

RMat 321 Properties of Renewable Materials (3 cr)

Physiology, structure and physical and mechanical properties of woody and other renewable plant materials. (Fall only)

RMat J436/J536 Biocomposites (3 cr)

Raw material, processes, properties, and their applications for a number of natural fiber and wood composites made of veneers, particles and fibers. Additional projects and assignments reqd for grad cr. Two half day field trips. Two lectures and one 3-hr lab a week. Recommended Preparation: RMat 321. (Fall only)

RMat 438 Introduction to Lignocellulosic Chemistry (1 cr)

The chemistry of lignocellulosic fiber (natural fiber and wood) formation and structure. Two lectures a week for the first half of the semester. (Spring only) Prereq: Chem 101 or Chem 111, Chem 275 or Chem 277

RMat 444 Primary Products Manufacturing (3 cr)

Raw materials, procurement, production methods, drying product specifications, and grading for primary products made from renewable materials including lumber, plywood, poles, and energy products; plant layout, machines, and systems analysis; plant tours. Two lec and one 5-hr lab a wk. (Spring only) Prereq: RMat 321

RMat 450 Biomaterials Deterioration and Protection (2 cr)

Agents that cause deterioration of biomaterials; green building durability issues and design considerations; preservative systems and alternative control methods; and environmental considerations. Recommended preparation: RMat 321 (Fall only)

RMat 491 Biomaterial Product and Process Development Lab (2 cr)

Lab to accompany RMat 495. One 3-hr lab per week. (Spring only) Prereq: Econ 201 or Econ 202, and RMat 495

RMat 495 Product Development and Brand Management (3 cr)

Same as Bus 495. This course examines the development and management of products (goods and service) and brands. Topics will include the product development process, product-life cycle, development of brands, and management of brand portfolios. Specific to services, topics will include service quality, heterogeneity, perishability, and simultaneous production and consumption. (Fall only) Prereq: Econ 201, Econ 202 or Econ 272

RMat 498 Renewable Natural Resources Internship (cr arr)

Supervised field experience with an appropriate public agency or private company. Graded P/F. (Summer only) Prereq: Permission of advisor

Chem 101 Introduction to Chemistry I (4 cr)

Full credit may be earned in only one of the following: Chem 101, or 111. General treatment of the fundamentals of chemistry. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Does not satisfy the prereq for Chem 112.

Chem 111 Principles of Chemistry I (4 cr)

Full credit may be earned in only one of the following: Chem 101, or 111. Note that grades in Chem 111 will supersede any grades earned in Chem 101. Intensive treatment of principles and applications of chemistry. Three lec and one 3-hr lab a week. Recommended Preparation: A grade of 'B' or better in a high school chemistry course. Prereq: Chem 050 or min 560 SAT math or min 25 ACT math or min 49 COMPASS College Algebra, or a grade of 'C' or better in Chem 101, Math 143, Math 160, or Math 170; or Permission

Engl 313 Business Writing (3 cr)

Principles and practice in writing business correspondence, memoranda, and reports that employ conventions, tone, and style appropriate to the specific discourse situation. Recommended for students with some business background or upper-level standing. Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Sophomore standing

Engl 317 Technical Writing (3 cr)

Principles of clear writing related to technical style; problems such as technical description, proposals, formal reports, and technical correspondence. Prereq: Engl 102 or Equivalent; Junior standing or Permission

For 221 Ecology (3 cr)

Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered in the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Recommended preparation: introductory botany and zoology Prereq: Biol 102/102L, 115, 116, or PlSc 205; or Permission

REM 221 Ecology (3 cr)

Fundamental principles of ecology. Major topics covered by the course include the physical environment, how organisms interact with each other and their environment, evolutionary processes, population dynamics, communities, energy flow and ecosystems, human influences on ecosystems, and the integration and scaling of ecological processes through systems ecology. Computer-based materials are used extensively for guided independent learning of ecology. An online version of this course is offered as a separate section. Course information: EcologyOnline.net. Recommended Preparation: Introductory botany, zoology and good working knowledge of Windows-based computer systems. Prereq: Biol 102/102L, 115, or 116; or Permission

Math 143 Pre-calculus Algebra and Analytic Geometry (3 cr)

Carries no credit after Math 160 or 170; carries 2 credits after Math 137. Algebraic, exponential, logarithmic functions; graphs of conics; zeros of polynomials; systems of equations, induction. Taught using the Polya Math Center, a studio environment featuring group study, one-to-one interaction with instructors, computer-mediated modules, and lectures. Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test; or Math 108 with grade of C or better. It is recommended that Math 143 be taken within two years of passing Math 108 or its equivalent.

Math 160 Survey of Calculus (4 cr)

Carries no credit after Math 170. Functions, graphing, derivative, integral, exponential and logarithmic functions, functions of several variables. Primarily for students in business, life sciences or architecture who need only one semester of calculus. Prereq: Sufficient score on SAT, ACT, or COMPASS Math Test, or Math 137 with a C or better, or Math 143 with a C or better. Required test scores can be found online.

Acct J482/J582 Enterprise Accounting (3 cr)

Carries no credit toward master's degree in accounting. Both business and non-business students will learn the critical role played by financial statements as entrepreneurs try to launch a new business. The trade-offs of various funding sources and their impacts on financial statements are also explored. Content will be presented in an integrated manner, rather than concept by concept, to emphasize the interrelatedness of forecasts and assumptions regarding revenues, costs, and financing on financial statements and thus, the resulting business model. Additional projects and/or assignments required for graduate credit. May involve evening exams.

Arch 154 Introduction to Architectural Graphics (3 cr)

Introduction to architectural graphics; two 1-hour lecture sessions per week, plus two 1-hour studio sessions per week; weekly assigned drawing projects, readings, and sketchbook projects; periodic quizzes.

Arch 266 Materials and Methods (3 cr)

Introduce physical and performance characteristics of material s; and concepts, conventions and processes of construction methods. Provide a foundation for subsequent courses in architectural technology and design.

Arch 462 Building Technology II - Concrete (2 cr)

Concrete Structures. Statics/strengths, allowable stresses and 'prescriptive' and 'engineered' design approaches, factors of safety, ductility, Strength Design (LRFD) as applied to reinforced concrete structures. Prereq: Arch 367 and RMat 365

Arch 463 Environmental Control Systems I (3 cr)

Principles and design of sustainable passive energy systems, mechanical heating and cooling systems, air quality, fire suppression and vertical transport. Three 1-hr lec a wk. Coreq: Arch 463L

Arch 464 Environmental Control Systems II (3 cr)

Principles and design of integrated natural and electrical lighting systems, water use and conservation systems, storm and waste water treatment and management, and acoustic systems as well as principles for and evaluation of sustainable architecture. Three 1-hr lec a wk. Coreq: Arch 464L

BAE J485/J585 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts (3 cr)

Review of current technology for producing energy and products from biological materials. Discussion of economic, social, and political aspects and future prospects for petroleum displacement. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Organic Chemistry. Prereq: Chem 111 Coreq: Engr 320 or Permission

BAE J492/J592 Biofuels (3 cr)

Basic principles for the production and utilization of biobased fuels; processing techniques and chemistry; fuel properties and utilization. Additional projects/assignments required for graduate credit. Recommended Preparation: Organic Chemistry. Prereq: Chem 111 Coreq: Engr 320 or Permission

BAE J494/J594 Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion (3 cr)

Introduce the fundamentals of biomass conversion technologies for biofuels and bioenergy. Specific topics include biomass preparation / pretreatment, pyrolysis, gasification, direct liquefaction, and economic factors in thermochemical conversion of biomass. Advances of the technologies will be brought to current through literature reviews. A semester long course project is required if taken as a graduate level course. Recommended Preparation: Organic Chemistry, Chemical Reaction Engineering, Engineering Thermodynamics. (Fall, odd numbered/years) Prereq: Chem 277 and Chem 278 Coreq: Engr 320 or Permission

Bus 101 Introduction to Business Enterprises (3 cr)

May not be taken for credit after Bus 311 or 342. General overview of business enterprise, including key concepts and issues in production, human resources, management, marketing, information systems, finance, and accounting, as well as economic environment and ethical/social responsibilities. May involve evening exams.

Bus 301 Financial Management (3 cr)

Cannot be taken for credit by CBE Majors either concurrently or after completion of Bus 340-345. Policies and practices involved in acquisition, control, and allocation of financial resources in business organizations. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Acct 201 and Acct 202; and Stat 251; and Econ 202 or Econ 272

Bus 311 Introduction to Management (3 cr)

Cannot be taken for credit by CBE Majors either concurrently or after completion of Bus 340-345. Organization, planning, leadership, and control; evolution of philosophies of management, decision making, motivation, human relations, and communication; organizational behavior and theory; history and present management practices, showing interrelationships between the needs and expectations of the individual, the organization, and society. May involve evening exams.

Bus 321 Marketing (3 cr)

Cannot be taken for credit by CBE Majors either concurrently or after completion of Bus 340-345. Marketing institutions and relationships with economic, political, legal, and social environment; principles, functions, concepts, and issues of marketing within a firm and the relationship of marketing to other business disciplines. May involve evening exams.

Bus 340 Team Building and Group Dynamics (2 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. Open only to undergraduate CBE majors. Issues in the formation, development, and management of work groups and teams; problems and characteristics common to group situations and strategies for improving team productivity; specific topics include increasing self-awareness, clarifying and managing team-member roles, understanding intercultural communication, capitalizing on the potential of diverse work groups, problem-solving and decision-making, project planning, and identifying the role of leadership in teams. May involve evening exams. Coreq: Bus 339, Bus 341, Bus 342, and Econ 340

Bus 341 Business Systems (4 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. Open only to undergraduate CBE majors. Introduction to business as a general system; consideration of external environmental issues using an economy-industry-company framework of analysis and its extension to global scanning; discussion of socio-political forces, domestic and foreign financial markets, the role of technology in organizations; discussion of valuation models and legal issues facing organizations; examination of organizational subsystems including those responsible for generating revenues, producing the product or service, and providing support; a comprehensive integrative case is used to illustrate these ideas. May involve evening exams. Coreq: Bus 340 and 342

Bus 342 Product and Process Planning (3 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. Open only to undergraduate CBE majors. An overview of the marketing, engineering, financial, and production decisions involved in developing new products and determining the product mix; examination of the theory, tools, and approaches that can be used to assist managers in making effective new product and process decisions; specific topics include consumer behavior, business research, optimization techniques, capital budgeting, and product and process design using Total Quality Management; a comprehensive integrative case is used to illustrate these ideas. May involve evening exams. Coreq: Bus 340 and Bus 341

Bus 343 Planning and Decision Making in Organizations (2 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. Open only to undergraduate CBE majors. An overview of the managerial planning process with a focus on business decision making through the collection and analysis of data; decision-making models and approaches, sources of information, value of information, pro-forma financial analysis, and forecasting; a comprehensive integrative case is used to illustrate these ideas. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Bus 339, Bus 340-342 and Econ 340 Prereq or Coreq: Engl 207, Engl 208, Engl 313 or Engl 317 Coreq: Acct 310, Bus 344, and Bus 345

Bus 344 Managing the Firm's Resources (3 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. Open only to undergraduate CBE majors. An overview of the decisions necessary for the effective management of the firm's financial, human, and information resources; topics include: management of the firm's financial structure, dividend policy, and working capital; attracting, maintaining, and developing the work force; systems planning, requirements analysis, and data design; a comprehensive integrative case is used to illustrate these ideas. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Bus 339, Bus 340-342 and Econ 340.
Prereq or Coreq: Engl 207, Engl 208, Engl 313 or Engl 317 Coreq: Acct 310, Bus 343, and Bus 345

Bus 345 Business Operating Decisions (3 cr)

May only be repeated once. Student may petition to repeat a second time in consultation with the Dean and course faculty team. Open only to undergraduate CBE majors. An overview of the business operating decisions associated with creating demand for the firm's products and services as well as producing the system outputs; a systems approach is used to illustrate how the various business functions and support staff interact in executing these decisions; examination of the use of information technology to facilitate integration; a comprehensive integrative case is used to illustrate these ideas. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Bus 339, Bus 340-342 and Econ 340 Prereq or Coreq: Engl 207, Engl 208, Engl 313 or Engl 317 Coreq: Acct 310, Bus 343, and Bus 344

Bus 350 Management Information Systems (3 cr)

Cannot be taken for credit by CBE Majors either concurrently or after completion of Bus 340-345. Data processing applications for business; intro to information systems; data base concepts; analysis, design, and implementation of computer-based information systems and consideration of associated problems. May involve evening exams.

Bus 351 Introduction to Electronic Commerce (3 cr)

Introduction to the economic, technology and management of e-commerce. Discussion of economic basis for e-commerce, business models, information technology, and management of technology related to the operation of an e-commerce business. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Acct 202 or 205

Bus 370 Introduction to Operations Management (3 cr)

Cannot be taken for credit by CBE Majors either concurrently or after completion of Bus 340-345. Introduction to operations management, including overviews of product and process design, forecasting, inventory management, total quality management, project management, master scheduling, material and capacity requirements planning, theory of constraints, production activity control, and lean manufacturing. May involve evening exams. Prereq: Stat 251 or Stat 301

Bus 414 Entrepreneurship (3 cr)

This course is intended to provide an overview of the entrepreneurship phenomenon and the process of identifying and commercializing an opportunity. Primary emphasis will be placed on recognizing and creating an opportunity, feasibility analysis, elements of the business plan, and sources of start-up funds. As such, this class will provide the foundation for developing a business plan for a real entrepreneurial venture in subsequent semesters.

Bus 415 New Venture Creation (3 cr)

The primary purposes of this course are to help diverse teams of students create business plans detailing the operational and financial aspects of a proposed product innovation, and where appropriate, prepare teams to compete in the VIEW-sponsored Business Plan Competition. In order to accomplish this, students will learn how to research and effectively communicate all aspects of a typical business plan, including, but not necessarily limited to: industry analysis, competitor analysis, target marketing, sales strategy, risk assessment, legal considerations, operational plan, management and staffing plan, financial plan and executive summary. The intention is to have the class be a practical-based "laboratory" much of the time, with occasional lectures, demonstrations, guest speakers, relevant videos, and student presentations throughout the term. Prereq: Senior standing or Permission

Bus 424 Pricing Strategy and Tactics (3 cr)

Formulation of pricing strategies and tactics for new and existing products and services; survey of pricing dynamics; competitor response to pricing strategies at the firm and product level; assessment of buyer price sensitivity. Prereq: Bus 321 or Bus 345, and Econ 202 or Econ 272

Bus 456 Quality Management (3 cr)

Same as Stat 456. Principles of total quality management, with emphasis on problem solving techniques to continually improve processes; customer-driven quality, management and employee participation, statistical process control, product/process design, and process capability. May include evening exams. May involve field trips. Prereq: Stat 251 or Stat 301

Chem 275 Carbon Compounds (3 cr)

Aspects of organic chemistry important to students in the life sciences. Prereq: Chem 101, 111, or Permission

Chem 277 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr)

Principles and theories of organic chemistry; properties, preparation, and reactions of organic compounds. Prereq: Chem 112

Chem 278 Organic Chemistry I: Lab (1 cr)

One 3-hr lab a wk. Prereq or Coreq: Chem 277

Econ 272 Foundations of Economic Analysis (4 cr)

One-semester introductory course on the principles of economics, covering both micro- and macro- concepts, theory, analysis, and applications. May involve evening exams. Carries no credit after Econ 201 and Econ 202; carries 3 credits after either Econ 201 or Econ 202. Students who have successfully completed this course, have not completed Econ 340, and later decide to major in economics are required, in consultation with the advisor, to take either Econ 201 or Econ 202 for 2 credits.

For 430 Forest Operations (3 cr)

Overview of the primary equipment and harvesting systems used in modern forest operations, including field design, layout, and administration of timber sales, logging production and cost estimation, laws, and certification. A brief introduction to quantitative forest planning methods is also provided. There are 2-3 early morning trips and one Saturday field lab (Fall only) Prereq: Math 144; and Phys 100/100L or Phys 111/111L

For 431 Low Volume Forest Roads (2 cr)

Design and field layout of access roads for forest management, through a combination of field labs and use of modern, GIS-based forest road engineering software. Field study includes design of at least one current industry or agency forest road design project. There are 2-3 early morning trips and one Saturday field lab. (Fall, Alt/yrs) Prereq: Math 144 Coreq: For 430 or Permission

For 436 Cable Systems (2 cr)

Overview of the major cable logging systems. Trigonometry and physical mechanics of cable systems, including analysis of forces, tensions, and payload capacity. Field layout and analysis of cable corridors using small yarders on the UI Experimental Forest using integrated field planning and GIS-based cable system design software. There are 2-3 early morning trips and one Saturday field lab. (Fall, Alt/yrs) Prereq: Math 144 Coreq: For 430 or Permission

LArc 251 Introduction to Principles of Site Design (3 cr)

An overview of site analysis, design, and planning principles addressing the theoretical foundations, emerging cultural practices as well as the technical and functional standards for sustainable landscape architectural site design. Includes a lab section for discussion, critique and presentation of additional technical issues and site-related design projects; field trips and special sessions may be required. (Fall only)

MSE 434 Fundamentals of Polymeric Materials (3 cr)

Polymer structure/property relationships and engineering applications. Topics include: overview of polymer chemistry and physics as they inform structure and properties for real-world applications, including sustainability considerations. Coordinated lecture-lab periods. Prereq: Chem 111 and Chem 112

RMat 365 Wood Building Technology (3 cr)

Basic structural design including elementary statics and principles and technology of wood structural design. Role of sustainably-produced wood components in green building design. Recommended Preparation: Phys 100, Phys 111. (Fall only)

RMat 538 Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry (3 cr)

The chemistry of lignocellulosic fiber (natural fiber and wood) formation, agricultural/natural fiber and wood structure and reactions of lignocellulosic compounds. Two lec and one 3-hr lab a wk. Recommended Preparation: Chem 101, Chem 275, and RMat 321. (Spring only)

Stat 301 Probability and Statistics (3 cr)

Credit awarded for only one of Stat 251, Stat 301, and Stat 416. Intended for engineers, mathematicians, and physical scientists. Intro to sample spaces, random variables, statistical distributions, hypothesis testing, basic experimental design, regression, and correlation. Prereq: Math 175