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Forest Products Manufacturing & Engineering Technology

Business Concentration

Students majoring in Sustainable Bioproducts will develop a strong foundation in the manufacturing of wood and fiber-based products, their physical and mechanical properties, environmental implications, marketing, sales, and trading of wood and composite materials composed of agricultural resides and other natural fibers. Besides structural materials, specialty chemicals such as polymers and adhesives from natural resources, and bioenergy such as bio-oils, alcohols, and pelletized fuels are increasingly important to sustainable industrial production. In addition to utilizing the state's timber and agricultural residues, the program seeks to increase the use life of wood and non-wood materials, and to enhance sustainability by use of preservative treatments and developing improved designs.

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Sustainable Bioproducts Minor

A Sustainable Bioproducts minor is available to non-majors to provide students with the knowledge of wood products, and bio-based composites, polymers, chemicals and fuels. The courses focus on material properties, environmental issues, and manufacturing principles, as well as their marketing and sales. The topics complement many fields that deal with natural materials: construction, design, business and production management, and scientific fields such as chemistry, engineering, environmental science, and biotechnology. A minor in Sustainable Bioproducts will also provide non-major students an excellent background for entering a graduate degree program in Sustainable Bioproducts. A total of 18 hours is required to obtain a Sustainable Bioproducts minor.

Sustainable Bioproducts Accelerated Program (Thrive in Five)

The Department of Sustainable Bioproducts offers an Accelerated BS/MS program to highly qualified MSU undergraduates enrolled as SBP majors. Programs of this type offer students the opportunity to earn graduate credit while completing a Bachelor's program, and are offered in several departments across the university. Currently enrolled SBP undergraduates who have completed 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor's degree, and who have a GPA of 3.5 or higher for all undergraduate work may apply for the program by contacting Dr. Beth Stokes ( in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts for further information. Undergraduates may receive dual credit for split-level courses (4000-level and 6000-level) taken during their final year of undergraduate studies, and may choose to transition into a Master's program immediately following their Bachelor's degree, completing both programs in as few as five years in total.

Scholarship Information

  • Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.
  • Freshmen-only scholarships: Priority date for application is December 1.
  • All other students: Scholarship application close date is March 1.
  • New freshmen and transfer students who need information should contact Cory Bailey. All other students should contact Lanna Miller, Office of Student Services at 662.325.9376.

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Courses in parentheses are prerequisites.

Accredited Status

The sustainable bioproducts curricula offered through the Department of Forestry is accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology. The forest products curricula at Mississippi State University is one of ten colleges receiving accreditation. Through accreditation the Society seeks to improve the quality of professional wood science and technology education at the baccalaureate level and ensure that successful graduates entering the profession are highly qualified. The MSU accreditation was first received in 1987 and the most recent accreditation was granted in 2007.

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Cooperative Education - Faculty encourage students to work as interns with participating industries during the summer months. Internships provide students with practical experience before graduating. Students participate in internship programs at production facilities and at corporate research centers. As more undergraduate students become interested in interning, faculty strive to locate opportunities within the industry for them.

Student Workers - The Department of Sustainable Bioproducts hires students enrolled in the sustainable bioproducts program to work part-time. Students gain hands-on experience in their area of study while working along side faculty and staff.

Potential Careers

Building Supply Store Manager
Continuous Process Improvement Manager
Extension Specialist
Furniture Marketing Specialist
Global Technology Manager
Kiln Specialist
Lumber Quality and Technical Manager
Marketing and Sales Representative
Mill Manager
Plant Engineer
Plant Manager
Plant Superintendent
Production Manager
Production Supervisor
Regional Sales Manager
Sawmill Supervisor
Senior Marketing Manager
Wood Procurement Superintendent
Youth Camp Coordinator