Developing sustainable solutions & technologies through research & education

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SSM students fill a mold with wood chips to create a composite wood board.
Students work with pipettes in Professor Brett Barney's lab.
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Explore Undergrad Majors

For students with a passion for science, bio-based technology, environment and sustainability, and the advancement of the business related to them.


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Pursue Graduate Study

Our graduate degree program explores renewable bio-resources utilization with focus on environmental sustainability and global advancement of business.

M.S. & Ph.D.

Discover BBE Research

With expertise and a proven record in innovation & collaboration, we develop solutions for a bio-based economy, ecological health, and sustainability.


Upcoming Events

  • Spring Seminar Series

    January 25 through May 3

    Join us on Wednesday starting January 25 through May 3 from 3:30-4:30pm for the Department's Spring Seminar Series.

  • Environmental Internship & Career Fair

    February 3, 2023 11 AM - 2 PM

    Connect with 50+ organizations for full-time opportunities and internships. Explore opportunities, engage with employers, and make an impression that can help you to stand out in the job or internship application process.

  • CSE Spring Career Fair

    February 7, 2023 12 PM - 5 PM

    Start preparing now for the Spring 2023 CSE Career Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 7. More than 160 companies and organizations will be available to meet with you one-on-one as they search for new employees and interns. Registration is now open.