Bioenergy and Bioproducts

Track Advisor: Matt Morra - Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences

Track prerequisites: At a minimum, students entering the program in this track are expected to have successfully completed college level introductory courses in biology, chemistry, physics and calculus.

As the world’s population rapidly expands, so does the demand for sustainable energy and materials. Scientific leaders are needed to develop ideas and technologies to enhance the environmental sustainability and economic viability of our region, nation and globe. This track will create graduates with the unique skills and ingenuity necessary to advance renewable resource industries.

The curriculum will explore current and evolving strategies for producing energy and products from biological materials, including the fundamentals of biomass conversion technologies. Courses will also be offered in natural resource policy and economics, sustainability, food science, plant and soil science, and more.

Students will complete a minimum of 35 credits composed of the following:

  • 15 credits in the student’s focused science curriculum
  • 12 credits of professional skills courses
  • 3 credits of internship with an area employer
  • 3 credit elective science skills course
  • 2 credits of non-thesis research experience and seminar 

Science Curriculum (15 credits):

  Bioenergy & Bioproducts
AGEC 451 Applied Natural Resource and Environmental Economics 3 cr.
BAE 585 Fundamentals of Bioenergy and Bioproducts 3 cr.
BAE 592 Biofuels   
3 cr.
BAE 594 Thermochemical Technologies for Biomass Conversion 3 cr.
ENVS 436/536 Principles of Sustainability (www)
3 cr.
FORP 438 Introduction to Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry
1 cr.
FORP 538 Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry
3 cr.
FORP 536 Biocomposites
 3 cr. 
FOR 585 Natural Resource Policy Analysis
2 cr.
FS 460 Food Chemistry
 3 cr.
FS 538 Physical Properties of Food Materials    2 cr. 
FS 570 Advanced Food Technology   3 cr.
PLSC 407 Field Crop Production    3 cr. 
PLSC 546 Plant Breeding   3 cr.