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Providing the Products of Today & Creating Sustainable Innovation for Tomorrow

Students in Forest Biomaterials (FB) learn to sustainably convert America’s renewable resources, into products that we use each and every day. Whether you are interested in materials engineering and chemistry, or systems analysis using financial or life cycle tools, FB prepares you to successfully launch your career in eco-friendly industries that are making a difference in lives around the world!

What does wood do for you?



Wood makes us comfortable.
Materials. Innovation. Composites. Sustainability.


Paper makes us civilized.
Printing. Writing. Communication. Hygiene. Education. Packaging.

Biomaterials make us sustainable.
Biomaterials. Biofuels. Cellulose-based plastics and fibers. The products of tomorrow!


Great Futures Begin With Forest Biomaterials

The demand for college graduates in the pulp, paper and sustainable materials industries remains strong. Year after year, the number of job openings exceeds the number of available graduates, creating outstanding career opportunities, for graduates of NC State University’s Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB). Our reputation for producing skilled professionals whose hands-on training enables them to make an immediate impact on the job has resulted in a nearly 100% placement rate each year. You’re in a great place to start an amazing career when you choose FB for your undergraduate years.

Choose from 3 Undergraduate Degree Options:

  • B.S. in Paper Science & Engineering
    An applied engineering discipline, the Paper Science & Engineering major educates outstanding engineers who support the pulp, paper and allied industries. The PSE program focuses on engineering and science disciplines involved in the production of pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and other biomaterials.
  • B.S. in Paper Science and Chemical Engineering-Dual Degree
    In only one additional semester students can pursue two full bachelor’s degrees in engineering. This program allows students to skillfully balance theory and practice while preparing for dynamic careers in the pulp, paper and chemical industries.
  • B.S. in Sustainable Materials and Technology
    The green economy is growing and with it are ample opportunities for students to pursue a career in a sustainable industry that is producing eco-friendly products for consumers. Students will learn to combine expertise in materials science and manufacturing with environmental science, and sustainability to create innovative products demanded by consumers today and tomorrow.

Learn By Doing

Regardless of which degree program you choose, you will be given numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience thanks to an innovative curriculum that emphasizes inquiry-guided learning, exciting undergraduate research projects with world-renowned faculty in well-equipped laboratories, and both national and international co-op and internship opportunities.

You’ll also find that we offer you numerous options for financial support as well as the opportunity to make a difference in the world around you by participating in service-learning initiatives or taking part in international study programs.