Understand bio-based resources. Enable your ability to advance the role of renewable resources in a sustainable society. Learn how plant-based materials like wood, bamboo, hemp and flax are used and reused for construction and production of consumer goods. The sustainable bioproducts program at Michigan Tech gives you hands-on experience in applying renewable resource technology to create a thriving and global sustainability movement. You’ll study sustainability and put it to use where you are most passionate.
What is sustainable bioproducts?
Wood and other lignocellulosic fibers offer a solution to ending our dependence on fossil fuels and other nonrenewable materials. Bioproducts and the Circular Bioeconomy are critical to resolving our current unsustainable lifestyle. This sector is optimistic for future growth nationally and globally in response to the public’s demand for green and sustainable building materials, packaging, and a host of other product areas.
What Will I Learn?
Other schools own forests. But ours is right out the back door. There isn't a better place to study sustainable bioproducts than the wild Keweenaw Peninsula, bordered by Lake Superior, blanketed with forests and wetlands (and 218+ inches of snow each winter).
My Michigan Tech: Emma Jones
Learning in the forest from professors who not only know the names of all the birds and trees, they also know hers. That’s Michigan Tech for Emma.
My Michigan Tech: Ben Nicolson
Ben comes from a family of Michigan Tech foresters. He talks about why there is no other school for him. The short answer? The reputation, the resources, the camaraderie, and fall camp.
What Will I Study?
Students will choose one of three concentrations: Bioproducts Business, Sustainable Structures, or Circular Economy to focus their knowledge base. Students gain an appreciation of how disciplines in engineering, marketing, product design, process technology, and management can contribute towards the best sustainable use (and reuse) of our natural resources in meeting the needs of society.
Where do I find jobs?
Graduates find opportunities in the bioproducts industry and government organizations such as the United States Department of Agriculture.
Where our graduates are working
Great Lakes Veneer
Product Designer or Developer
Industrial Engineer or Technologist
Environmental public educator
Resource conservation engineer
Natural resources engineer
Create the sustainable future.