Developing sustainable solutions & technologies through research & education

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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

  • Sappi Co-op Info Session

    September 28, 12 PM - 1 PM

    Join us for an overview of Sappi in Cloquet, Minnesota to learn about the operations and available co-op positions. A light lunch will be provided.

  • SSM major info session

    October 17 & November 2, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Join us for an info session on the Sustainable Systems Management major. Learn about our four specializations and discover the many job opportunities available to SSM graduates. 

  • BBE Fall Showcase

    October 26 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM

    Save the date for BBE's annual fall showcase, including the scholarship recognition luncheon and research showcase and networking reception.