Master's Program

The non-thesis Master of Science in Sustainable Bioproducts program requires 30 hours of coursework, and a comprehensive examination.

Course Number Course Title Hours
SBP 8023 Professional Practices in Wood Products Industry 3
SBP 8203 Graduate Capstone Seminar 3
College Required Courses
8000-level coursework
12
Graduate-level electives*
*see Course Descriptions page for elective options
OR
Graduate-level courses from other MSU Departments as approved
OR
SBP 7000 Directed Individual Study (no more than 6 hours total)
12-16
Total Hours 30

Course Offerings

Fall Odd Spring Even Fall Even Spring Odd
SBP 6113 Adhesives and Composites SBP 6013 Wood Anatomy SBP 6123 Lumber Manufacturing SBP 6013 Wood Anatomy
SBP 6153 Biomass Products Manufacturing SBP 6253 Quantitative Methods in SBP SBP 6133 Biorefinery Processes SBP 6023 Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry
SBP 6353 Forest Prod Marketing SBP 6313 Bioproducts and the Environment SBP 8023 Prof Practices in Wd Products Industry ✝Must take in 1st year of program SBP 6213 Deterioration and Preservation of Biomaterials
SBP 8023 Prof Practices in Wd Products Industry ✝Must take in 1st year of program SBP 8013 Advanced Wood Sci & Tech SBP 8133 Environ Issues in Sustainable Bioproducts SBP 8013 Advanced Wood Sci & Tech
SBP 8203 Graduate Capstone Seminar ✝Must take in last year of program SBP 8143 Standards for Testing Sustainable Materials SBP 8203 Graduate Capstone Seminar ✝Must take in last year of program

✝Course offerings are subject to change. All students will work closely with their advisor to create an approved Program of Study within the first semester of their master’s program.

Course Offerings by Area of Interest

Developing, innovating and improving bio-based building materials to increase strength, safety, performance and resource efficiency. (Lim, Kim, J. Zhang, X. Zhang)

  • SBP 6113 Adhesives and Composites
  • SBP 6123 Lumber Manufacturing
  • SBP 6153 Biomass Products Manufacturing

Finding more effective ways to measure and predict mechanical properties of lumber and composites. (Seale, F. Franca, Owens, Shmulsky, J. Zhang, Lim)

  • SBP 6253 Quantitative Methods in SBP
  • SBP 8143 Standards for Testing Sustainable Materials

Protecting bio-materials from degradation and deterioration caused by fungi, insects, marine borers and weathering. (Stokes, T. Franca, D Lopes, Nicholas, Barnes)

  • SBP 6213 Deterioration and Preservation of Biomaterials

Conversion of biomass into viable energy sources like wood pellets and bio-oil. (Street, Hassan)

  • SBP 6133 Biorefinery Processes
  • SBP 6023 Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry

Ensuring that the production and use of biomaterials does not damage the environment. (Stokes)

  • SBP 6313 Bioproducts and the Environment
  • SBP 8133 Environ Issues in Sustainable Bioproducts

Teaching humans and computers how to recognize and differentiate wood species to deter illegal forest products trade. (Owens, D Lopes)

  • SBP 6013 Wood Anatomy