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Wood & Environmental Science

Science Concentration

Designed for students wishing to pursue a scientific research field, work for a wood products industry in research and development, or for students who intend to pursue graduate degrees in wood and biomaterials science. Students may choose to focus their elective classes on the testing of physical and mechanical properties of wood, the chemical protection of wood from biotic and abiotic stresses, environmental impacts and issues associated with treatment and disposal of wood and non-wood products, or development of engineered wood products including pelletized fuels, mass timber products, construction elements, engineered wood panels, and other wood and non-wood bioproducts. Across all areas of study, students receive training in sustainability, current industry practices, and the opportunity to interact with industry professionals.

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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

Environmental Engineer
Extension Specialist
Product Development and Research Technician
Product Engineer
Quality Chemist
Regional Sales Manager
Resin Chemist
Wood Materials Scientist
Youth Camp Coordinator