Renewable Materials
Degree Paths


Science and Engineering option

The science and engineering option focuses on science, technology and engineering when it comes to working with wood products. Students gain a strong understanding of where wood products come from, and test renewable materials to determine how we can use them in new and innovative ways. Students learn in woodshops, labs and even test materials in our climate rooms and earthquake testing room.

Marketing and Management option

The management and marketing option provides students with the skills to manage organizations or devise new marketing strategies to compete in the global wood products industry.

Art and Design option

Students in the art and design option are concerned about wood products on an aesthetic level. This option prepares students to engage with renewable materials on an aesthetic level, whether as interior designers, fine artists or entrepreneurs. Students will gain an in-depth knowledge of how renewable materials can function visually within the human space. In addition, students will achieve an understanding of green building materials and green architecture.

Check out just a few of the possible career paths for Renewable Materials majors.

Environmental or Sustainability Manager

Ensure the future

Environmental managers typically work for private companies. Their job is to ensure that their employers comply with both internal and external environmental requirements. In other words, their corporation sets its own standards for keeping its operations environmentally sound and the state and federal government has numerous compliance laws as well.

Salary range: $46,000-$133,000

Materials / Wood Products Scientist

Study wood

Study and learn more about the renewable materials people use every day.

Salary range: $44,000-$73,500

Interior Designer

Create spaces

Create spaces appropriate for a variety of applications utilizing a developed sense of color, aesthetics, and appropriate materials.

Salary range: $27,200-$47,800

Specialty wood marketing and production

Beautiful wood

Scout for character wood like curly, birds eye, and spalted to sell to manufacturers; create your own character wood or interact with developing markets across the world in changing perceptions of flawless wood-based products.

Salary range: $35,000-$71,000