Building a sustainable economy depends on using wood and organic materials for construction, energy and products we use every day. You can apply state-of-the-art technology to improve manufacturing and manage renewable materials businesses, or even create your own company. You can go on to create innovative products, coordinate supply chains domestically or internationally, market products, start new businesses and more.
BEYOND THE CLASSROOM
As a renewable materials student, you can engage in learning activities outside the classroom from the moment you step on campus. The renewable materials research programs impact every single person in the state or Oregon, and are important to the environmental, economic and social needs of the rest of the nation and the world.
Finally, required internship experiences will allow you to apply your knowledge and make connections throughout the industry. Thanks to a comprehensive and flexible educational approach, you will leave Oregon State ready to make a difference and become a leader in your career of choice.
RENEWABLE MATERIALS DEGREE OPTIONS:
There are a variety of options for you to fund your education. Over $550,000 in scholarships are available - and that's just from the College of Forestry. The College of Forestry is dedicated to making sure our degrees are affordable.
Environmental or Sustainability Manager
Environmental managers typically work for private companies. Their job is to ensure that their employers comply with both internal and external environmental requirements. In other words, their corporation sets its own standards for keeping its operations environmentally sound and the state and federal government has numerous compliance laws as well.
Salary range: $46,000-$133,000
Materials / Wood Products Scientist
Study and learn more about the renewable materials people use every day.
Salary range: $44,000-$73,500
Create spaces appropriate for a variety of applications utilizing a developed sense of color, aesthetics, and appropriate materials.
Salary range: $27,200-$47,800
Specialty wood marketing and production
Scout for character wood like curly, birds eye, and spalted to sell to manufacturers; create your own character wood or interact with developing markets across the world in changing perceptions of flawless wood-based products.
Salary range: $35,000-$71,000
The OFSC features 20 classrooms, computer rooms and laboratories, including the FERN Student Center and the Peavy Arboretum, where faculty, students, and researchers can participate in active learning and discovery while utilizing state-of-the-art equipment.Visit Full OFSC Site >
Renewable Materials students have the benefit of working extremely close with world-class faculty to find opportunities for work experience, internships and more. Faculty members lead a study abroad program to Alpine Europe especially for their students, to see and study historical wood architecture and modern mass timber construction. The possibilities to gain experience and learn outside the classroom are pretty much endless.