Renewable Materials is a multidisciplinary program that prepares students to work with renewable, plant-based materials to solve challenging world problems. Renewable materials such as wood, bamboo, canes, and agricultural fibers are examined to understand their characteristics and how to make useful products. Students gain broad perspectives on current issues associated with the sustainable utilization of renewable materials, including global trade, business innovation, energy production, and environmental impacts.

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 the Forestry/Natural Resources program website!

The forestry field is projected to have many career opportunities coming up in the next decade as many forestry and natural resources professionals retire in the next few years. Students who enjoy working outdoors and want to have a career that focuses on managing our valuable forest lands to conserve and protect resources as well as produce valuable products for society should consider this degree.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 90 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AS degree is awarded.

Courses that are developmental in nature, (designed to prepare students for college transfer courses), are not applicable to this degree.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
MTH95Intermediate Algebra (or placement in higher math course)4
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
F111 Introduction to Forestry 4
WR121 English Composition 3
Required Program Course 1 3 - 4
 Credits15-16
Winter
CHEM222 General Chemistry II 5
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
F250 Forest Biology 4
FS180 Internship: Fire Science 1
Required Program Course 1 1
 Credits14
Spring
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
WR227 Report Writing 3
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
Specific Elective 2 3
Required Program Elective 1 3
 Credits15
Second Year
Fall
ART115 Basic Design I, Intro to Elements Elements Of Art & Prin Of Design 4
ART131 Introduction to Drawing I 3
ART291 Sculpture 3
CIS125P Presentation Applications Microsoft Powerpoint 1
Required Program Course 1 4
 Credits15
Winter
ART110 Digital Photography I 3
MTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics Statistics 4
F180
Internship: Forestry
or Internship: Natural Resources
3
Required Program Course 1 5
 Credits15
Spring
ART117 Basic Design III, Intro to 3D Design 4
ART232 Drawing II 3
CIS125IL Computer Applications: Illustrator 3
Specific Elective 3 3
Required Program Course 1 2
 Credits15
 Total Credits89-90

Footnotes

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge of wood and similar renewable materials that make them challenging to utilize as industrial and building materials.
  • Demonstrate command of renewable material moisture content and specific gravity calculations.
  • Demonstrate ability to find, compile, analyze, and communicate technical communication.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the diverse complexity of the Renewable Materials industry, and the challenges it faces with balancing business and environmental goals.
  • Demonstrate a combination of technical and business acumen that allows effective management of process and people.
  • Demonstrate ability to creatively self-direct learning outcomes within the classroom environment and/or through independent undergraduate research.
  • Gain information and knowledge to become a better global citizen.