Building a sustainable economy depends on using wood and other organic materials for buildings, energy and many of the products we use every day. You can help make it a reality by designing, manufacturing and marketing products made from renewable materials.

The Department of Wood Science and Engineering, home of the Renewable Materials degree program, offers educational and research programs that are highly multidisciplinary. Our research focuses on science, technology, engineering, art/design, and the business practices that help society sustainably meet its need for renewable materials, and help ensure the global competitiveness of American business. Current projects include research to drive commercialization of new and innovative wood products in buildings such as cross-laminated timber for use in tall-wood buildings and developing creative spalting techniques for designed wood products.

"The Renewable Materials program is fantastic. I love the community feel of our classes and how friendly everyone is throughout the program. I have met some great friends and have experienced awesome opportunities, here and internationally, that I would not have found without this program, Oregon State, and the College of Forestry."

- Kendall Conroy, Renewable Materials student

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The Bachelor of Science in Renewable Materials will give you a broad skill set and specialized knowledge emphasizing the science, technology and business of renewable materials through our Science and Engineering or Marketing and Management options. The options are flexible and allow students to earn a business or entrepreneurship minor.

The Art and Design option within the program prepares you to engage with renewable materials on an aesthetic level, whether as interior designers, fine artists, or entrepreneurs. Students gain an in-depth knowledge of how renewable materials can function visually within the human space. In addition, students will earn a Visual Arts minor and achieve an understanding of green building materials and green architecture.

The Science and Engineering and Marketing and Management options of Oregon State University's Renewable Materials degree program is accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST).



Science and Engineering

  • Management Trainee
  • Operational excellence coordinator
  • Quality control supervisor
  • Production supervisor
  • Research Chemist

Marketing and Management

  • Engineered Wood Products Specialist
  • Sales Representative
  • Technical Service Representative
  • Purchasing coordinator
  • International Supply Chain Coordinator

Art and Design

  • Interior Designer
  • Specialty Woods Marketing
  • Specialty Woods Production

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