Sustainable Materials & Technology / Wood Products
To improve the wise utilization of forest resources for enhanced productivity and quality of life. We will educate our students in critical knowledge and develop their skills in changing technologies through research, integrative classrooms, professional development, and continuing education programs.
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B.S. in Sustainable Materials & Technology - NEW!
The Sustainable Materials & Technology degree prepares students for 21st century jobs helping businesses and communities reduce their ecological footprint through efficient use of renewable natural materials, such as wood, bamboo and cork, in the manufacture and use of value added products. You'll gain a strong foundation in economics, sociology, environmental science and engineering which prepares you to design, manufacture and sell natural sustainable biomaterials. This degree is for students interested in a career in a growing field with job flexibility, high placement rates, great starting salaries, a tradition of success and an unlimited future.
Semester by Semester Curriculum
B.S. in Wood Products Business Management - (available to current WP students)
The Business Management option enables the Wood Products student,
who is seeking a foundation in accounting, finance, marketing, and
business skills, to attain these skills and also earn a minor in
Business Management. The Business Management concentration provides a
concentrated exposure to business management practices, including
financial and operations management, accounting practices, and
marketing. This concentration is for the Wood Products student who has
career goals of owning an enterprise or having responsibility for the
business operations aspect of a company and who desires to acquire
business management skills to complement the technical background in
B.S. in Wood Products Manufacturing & Engineering - (available to current WP students)
The manufacturing option enables the Wood Products student, who
desires a strong background in industrial engineering principles, the
opportunity to acquire these skills and earn a minor in industrial
engineering (IE). The Manufacturing option provides a concentrated exposure
to IE principles and practices. This option is for the Wood Products
student who has career goals which are either in process and product
engineering or in upper-level plant management in a large wood
B.S. in Wood Products Interdisciplinary Option - (available to current WP students)
The basic WP curriculum contains 15 hours of
advised/technical electives, as well as 9 hours of free electives.
These 24 hours of electives allow the Wood Products student to design
an academic program to specifically serve the individual’s career
goals. Electives may be selected from a variety of academic areas to
meet the objectives of students who desire a broad-based program instead
of concentrating on a minor. Courses might be selected from Graphic
Communication, Forestry, Business Management, and/or Engineering.
Qualified students are awarded scholarships for up to 1/3 off tuition providing funds for tuition and books. Financial awards include but are not limited to the following scholarships:
- Roy M Carter Endowed
- Thomas Forshaw Jr. Endowed
- James B. and Mildred Wilkinson Endowed
- R.B. and Irene Jordan Endowed
- Valspar Corporation Endowed
- Frank Hart Endowed
- Brian Cardini Memorial
- David B. Morgan, Sr. Endowed
- Butch and Brenda Wilson Endowed
- Forestry Foundation Alumni
Limited enrollment in our undergraduate program allows faculty to know students as individuals and to be personally involved with their development. In fact, student ranking of our advising program is consistently among the highest at the university. Advisers are also professors and understand exactly what it takes to be a successful student. In addition, Wood Products core curriculum courses offer class sizes of less than 15 students allowing for one on one professor assistance.
Graduates of the Wood Products program enter the real world with hands-on experience gained through internships, lab experiments, and practical coursework. More than one half of Wood Products students participate in paid undergraduate research and work study opportunities. In addition, students are required to complete a paid summer internship or a semester co-op with a company in the industry. There are many other summer employment opportunities that are available to you beyond the required internship.
“The internship was a great learning experience. It's one thing to hear about what to expect out in the real world after you graduate, but actually experiencing it is entirely different. Internships generally help students decide what kind of position in the wood products industry they are interested in pursuing, and possibly more importantly, positions that they are not interested in.”
Brian Furnas, WP Student
Graduates of the Wood Products curriculum have many and varied job opportunities upon graduation with most receiving more than one job offer. Graduates enter the industry as management trainees, sales trainees, process engineers, quality assurance specialist, research & development associates and many others. They earn $32,000 to $60,000 per year immediately upon entering the industry.
- The average starting salary is $47,000.
- Graduates usually see a rapid rise in salary as they acquire industrial experience and advance into more responsible positions.
- No geographical limit in career opportunities - from North Carolina to international locations.
- Graduates are limited only by their willingness to relocate.
- Most of the wood industry understands the necessity of having young, educated individuals who understand the properties and characteristics of the material wood and are knowledgeable of the current state of technology in the industry.
See what our students are doing inside and outside of the classroom by visiting Student Chapter - Forest Products Society Homepage.
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