Forest Renewable Materials/Marketing and Management, Associate of Science

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.

The management and marketing option provides students with the skills to manage organizations or devise new marketing strategies to compete in the global wood products industry.

This degree was designed to transfer to Oregon State University's College of Forestry. Other transfer options may be available, consult your advisor for details. 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 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).

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.

Math and writing placement are unique to each student and are determined during the admissions and intake advising process.  Additional math or writing courses may be required prior to taking the math or writing program requirements in this degree. 

Pre- Program Requirements

Placement into MTH241 or completion of prerequisites.

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CHEM221 General Chemistry I 5
F111 Introduction to Forestry 3
WR121 English Composition 4
Western Culture 3 3
CHEM222 General Chemistry II 5
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
F250 Forest Biology 4
Literature and the Arts 2 3
SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
WR227 Report Writing 4
PE231 Wellness for Life 3
Difference, Power, and Discrimination 5 3
Second Year
BA250 Small Business Management Entrepreneurship 3
Internship: Forestry 6
or Internship: Natural Resources
ECON201 Microeconomics 4
Cultural Diversity 4 3
DRFT110 Computer Assisted Drafting I 3
BA212 Principles of Accounting II 4
ECON202 Macroeconomics 4
MTH241 Calculus for Bus and Soc Science I 1 4
DRFT111 Computer Assisted Drafting II 3
BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA230 Business Law 4
F241 Dendrology 5
DRFT112 Computer Assisted Drafting III 3
 Total Credits90

MTH241 or higher will satisfy this requirement, excluding MTH243 and MTH244.


Literature and the Arts: ART204, ART205, ART206, ENG104, ENG105, ENG106, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109, ENG201, ENG204, ENG205, ENG206, ENG262, MUS201, MUS202, MUS203.


Western Culture: ART204, ART205, ART206, ENG107, ENG108, ENG109, ENG201ENG204, ENG205, ENG206HST101, HST102, HST103, HST201, HST202, HST203, MUS201, MUS202, MUS203, PHL101, PHL102.


Cultural Diversity: ANTH224, ANTH230, ANTH231ANTH232, HST104, HUM204, HUM205, HUM206


Difference, Power, and Discrimination: HST201, HST202, HST203, SOC206 , SOC213


Schedule an appointment with the Internship Coordinator a month prior to term. 541-888-7405.


All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.


At least two courses must be chosen from the Arts and Letters section from the AS course list to meet the above requirements.