Course Descriptions

SBP 6013 Wood Anatomy
(Prerequisite: SBP 1103 or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Anatomy of commercial timber species; elements of botanical microtechnique, fundamentals of microscopy, and fundamental properties: gross and minute structural characteristics of wood leading to identification.


SBP 6023 Lignocellulosic biomass Chemistry
(Prerequisites: CH 1213 or CH 1223 or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. This course will give a brief introduction to the major chemical composition of wood. The distribution of wood components (cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin, and extractives), their structures, isolation, processes & applications will be covered.


SBP 6113 Adhesives and Composites
(Prerequisite: SBP 1103, SBP 2012, SBP 2123, SBP 3113, SBP 3123 or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Introduces students to theories and practices of wood composite products, wood adhesives and manufacturing, and evaluation of various wood composite products.


SBP 6123 Lumber Manufacturing
Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Raw materials, production methods and product specifications for sawn wood products. Machinery and plant layout. Operation, control, and analysis of lumber manufacturing systems; markets.


SBP 6133 Biorefinery Processes
(Prerequisites: SBP 4023 or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. This course will cover biomass resources; biorefinery concepts; and the different chemical and thermochemical processes used to convert biomass into chemicals and fuels.


SBP 6153 Biomass Products Manufacturing
(Prerequisite: BIO 1134/BIO 1144/consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. Introduction to concepts of conversion of biomass covering subjects: physical properties of wood, product manufacturing, wood chemistry, composites/adhesives, and the use of organisms or isolated enzymes used to break down cellulose, lignin and hemicelluloses.


SBP 6213 Deterioration and Preservation of Biomaterials
(Prerequisite: SBP 1103 or consent of instructor) Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Develop an understanding on biological and non-biological abiotic agents that cause wood deterioration; biological control methods; design considerations; wood preservatives and preservation systems; treatability of wood; treatment mechanics; preservative effectiveness; commodity standards.


SBP 6253 Quantitative Methods in sustainable Bioproducts
(Prerequisites: SBP 2123 or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. The study and practical application of quantitative techniques commonly used in industry to evaluate the net worth of raw materials, and the cause and effect on process variables


SBP 6313 Bioproducts and the Environment
(Prerequisites: SBP 2012, 2123, and 3123 or consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. An introduction to environmental topics and laws, environmental impact, and control technologies associated with emissions from diverse sustainable bioproducts industries, including global and national issues.


SBP 6353 Forest Prod Marketing
Three hours lecture. Marketing and business practices used by forest products companies trading in lumber, engineered wood, products, and furniture.


SBP 6990 Special Topics in Sustainable Bioproducts
Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).


SBP 7000 Directed Individual Study in SBP
Hours and credits are arranged based on a course designed to provide specialized knowledge and develop skills relating to wood and its functionality, wood products, or related systems.


SBP 8013 Advanced Wood Science & Technology
Three hours lecture. Introduction to properties of wood (anatomy, chemical, physical, mechanical) and manufacturing process of sustainable biomass-based products will lead to an understanding of the basic concepts and current topics related to sustainability, natural products, and technology development in forest products and wood science.


SBP 8023 Professional Practices in Wood Products Industry
(Consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. Discussion and practice of workplace skills related to performance of duties in the wood products industry sector.


SBP 8133 Environmental Issues in Sustainable Bioproducts
(Consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. Environmental impact, regulations, management of wood treatment by-products and chemical wastes; biodegradation microorganisms; bioremediation; biomass residues; soil, sediment, water, air contaminations; current clean-up technologies.


SBP 8143 Standards for Testing Sustainable Materials
(Prerequisites: Consent of instructor) Three hours lecture. This course will evaluate how solid and composite sustainable materials are used in product development. Students will gain an understanding of the importance of material properties and how they impact end-use product performance.


SBP 8203 Graduate Capstone
(Prerequisite: SBP 8023 or consent of instructor) Seminar. Integration and application of knowledge from previous coursework in sustainable bioproducts for the creation of an original project proposal. Emphasis on professional oral and written expression, logical organization of thought, literature review, data presentation, budget writing, and peer evaluation.


SBP 8990 Special Topic in Sustainable Bioproducts
Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).