2017-18 Academic Catalog

Sustainable Bioproducts

Department Head: Dr. Rubin Shmulsky
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Hamid Borazjani

201 Locksley Way
Box 9820
Mississippi State, MS  39762-9820
Telephone: 662-325-2116
E-mail: rs26@msstate.edu

The Sustainable Bioproducts field is concerned with extending our knowledge of wood as a material and applying this knowledge to the manufacture of useful products. It requires knowledge of the chemical, physical, botanical, and engineering sciences and how they impinge on wood.

Graduate study in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts leads to the following degrees.

  • Master of Science in Sustainable Bioproducts, thesis option
  • Master of Science in Sustainable Bioproducts, non-thesis option
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources with a concentration in Sustainable Bioproducts

Major areas of study include composites, environmental biotechnology, materials science, bioenergy, bio-based material protection, cross laminated timber, business and production systems, and wood chemistry.  Research assistantships are available for Ph.D. students and for M.S. students in the thesis option.  For additional information, write to the Departmental Graduate Coordinator.

Admission

An applicant to the program is not required to have the GRE or GMAT test scores unless his/her grade point average is below 3.00.  An international applicant is required to have a TOEFL score of 550 PBT (79 iBT) or IELTS score of 6.5 or better in order to be considered. Interviews, certifications, etc. are not applicable.

Provisional Admission

An applicant who has not fully met the GPA requirement stipulated by the University may be admitted on a provisional basis.  The provisionally-admitted student is eligible for a change to regular status after receiving a 3.00 GPA on the first 9 hours of graduate courses at Mississippi State University (with no grade lower than a C).  The first 9 hours of graduate courses must be within the student's program of study.  Courses with an S grade, transfer credits, or credits earned while in Unclassified status cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.  If a 3.00 is not attained, the provisional student shall be dismissed from the graduate program.  Academic departments may set higher standards for students to fulfill provisional requirements; a student admitted with provisional status should contact the graduate coordinator for the program’s specific requirements.  While in the provisional status, a student is not eligible to hold a graduate assistantship.

Academic Performance

The Department of Sustainable Bioproducts will accept a C grade; however, the student’s overall GPA must be 3.00 or above.

The M.S. thesis-option program requires 24 hours of coursework, 6 hours of thesis research/thesis, and a comprehensive examination.  The M.S. non-thesis option program requires 27 hours of coursework, 3 hours of independent study, and a comprehensive examination.  The Ph.D. program may entail approximately 60 hours of course and research work, a written preliminary examination, an oral examination, and a dissertation.

Master of Science in Sustainable Bioproducts - Thesis

Graduate-level coursework12
8000-level coursework12
FP 8000Thesis Research/Thesis in Forest Products6
Total Hours30

 A comprehensive examination is required. The M.S. student is encouraged to present one professional paper to a referred journal.

Master of Science in Sustainable Bioproducts - Non-Thesis

Graduate-level coursework15
8000-level coursework12
FP 7000 Directed Individual Study3
Total Hours30

A comprehensive examination is required.

Doctor of Philosophy in Forest Resources with a Concentration in Sustainable Bioproducts

The Ph.D. program generally requires three academic years beyond the bachelor's degree as a full-time student.  The total number of course credit hours may vary based on the specific doctoral program, the student's needs, and the student's academic history.  

Academic hours with half at the 8000 level or higher24
FP 9000Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Forest Products20
Additional hours10
Total Hours54

A written preliminary examination, an oral examination, and a dissertation are required.  In lieu of the foreign language requirement, the Ph.D. candidate is required to take 6 hours of research skill courses from the departmental list.  The Ph.D. student is encouraged to submit two professional papers to referred journals.  The student must meet all the necessary guidelines to complete thesis/dissertation requirements set by the department, college, and the University in order to graduate.  Types of qualifying and exit examinations are required by the department (doctoral preliminary).

FP 6013 Wood Anatomy: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FP 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

FP 6123 Lumber Manufacturing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). 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

FP 6223 Furniture Production I: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FP 1103 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. The theory of furniture production; materials for furniture; manufacturing machines and their functions; wood machining and sanding; finishing; industrial processes; marketing

FP 6233 Furniture Production II: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: FP 1103 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. General principles of upholstered furniture design; frame construction and analysis; material selection; fasteners; joint construction; and testing standards

FP 6353 Forest Products Marketing: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: FP 3012 and junior standing). Marketing and practices used by forest products and furniture producing companies as related to differentiated vs non-differentiated products by consumers

FP 6990 Special Topics in Forest Products: 1-9 hours.

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)

FP 8000 Thesis Research/Thesis in Forest Products: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

FP 8111 Research Seminar: 1 hour.

Review of current research work in wood science and technology; the scientific method; philosophy of research

FP 8121 Research Seminar II: 1 hour.

One hour seminar. Review of current research work in wood science and technology; the scientific method; philosophy of research. This course focuses on oral communication skills

FP 8123 Advanced Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Carbohydrate chemistry; chemistry of cellulose and cell- ulosics, hemicelluloses, lignins, extractives, and bark; pulping and bleaching chemistry; analysis of lignocellulosic materials; biodegradation of lignocellulosics; biomass products

FP 8133 Environmental Issues in Forest Products: 3 hours.

(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

FP 8213 Advanced Wood Mechanics: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. Study of elastic and viscoelastic behavior of wood composites; fracture in wood; stress analysis; current topics in wood mechanics

FP 8990 Special Topics in Forest Products: 1-9 hours.

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)

FP 9000 Dissertation Research /Dissertation in Forest Products: 1-13 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged

SBP 6023 Lignocellulosic Biomass Chemistry: 3 hours.

Three hour lecture. (Prerequisites: CH 1043 and CH 1053 or equivalent.) Chemical composition of lignocellulosic biomass (wood, agricultural residues, and bioenergy crops) including cellulose, hemicelluloses, lignin, and extractives, their structures, isolation, processes and applications

SBP 6113 Adhesives and Biocomposites: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. (Prerequisites: SBP 2123, SBP 3113, SBP 3123, and CH 1053.) Theories and practices of adhesives and finishing materials used in the manufacture of biocomposite products and furniture

SBP 6133 Biorefinery Processes: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: SBP 4023 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An overview of the different chemical and thermochemical biorefinery processes used to convert biomass into chemicals and fuels

SBP 6144 Biocomposite Application and Manufacturing: 4 hours.

Three hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. (Prerequisite: SBP 2123, SBP 3113, SBP 3123, and SBP 4113/6113 or Consent of Instructor). This course evaluates the application of raw bio-materials (wood, non-wood biomaterial and resins) that are used to manufacture reconstituted and laminated bio-composite products and to classify these products by type, properties, and applications

SBP 6153 Biological Conversion of Biomass: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: BIO 1134 and BIO 1144 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to concepts of conversion of biomass by organisms or isolated enzymes to chemicals focusing on breakdown of cellulose, lignin and hemicelluloses and enzyme kinetics

SBP 6213 Deterioration and Preservation of Biomaterials: 3 hours.

Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. (Prerequisite: SBP 1103 or Consent of Instructor). Thermal, biological, and mechanical agents of bioproducts deterioration; biological control; design considerations; preservatives, preservation systems; treatability; preservative effectiveness; standards, pollution control

SBP 6243 Sustainable Bioproducts: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: SBP 3123 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Expanding students’ knowledge of bioproducts, manufacturing principles and processes according to various industrial fields and insights into new approaches and methods in bioproducts industries

SBP 6253 Quantitative Methods in Sustainable Bioproducts: 3 hours.

Three hours lectures. (Prerequisite: MA 1313 and MA 1323 or equivalent and SBP 2123). 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 6263 Strength Design of Furniture as Green Products: 3 hours.

(Prerequisite: SBP 3113 or consent of instructor). Two hours lecture. Three hours laboratory. General principles of structural analysis of furniture; strength design of members and joints; mechanical properties of environmentally preferable materials; design and analysis computer software; green and sustainable design of certifications; and testing standards

SBP 6313 Bioproducts and the Environment: 3 hours.

(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 6333 Bioproducts and Environmental Biotechnology: 3 hours.

(Prerequisites: SBP 4313/6313 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Introduction to biotechnological applications which remediate, minimize or eliminate environmental emissions from bioproduct industries, including wood preservatives, high organic process water, adhesives, resins and solvents

SBP 7000 Directed Individual Study in Sustainable Bioproducts: 1-6 hours.

Hours and credits to be arranged