University Catalog 2023-2024

Sustainable Materials and Technology (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Department of Forest Biomaterials (FB) offers a minor in Sustainable Materials and Technology (SMT) to all undergraduates enrolled in the University as degree candidates except those in FB. The minor will provide students with a basic understanding of sustainability as applied to materials (e.g., wood, agricultural products, etc.) and the manufacturing processes that are used to convert them into a multitude of different products.

Admission and Certification of Minor

In both instances, students should contact the minor advisor, Dr. Perry Peralta.  To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply.

Contact Person

Dr. Perry Peralta
1022 Biltmore Hall

SIS Code: 15SMTM

Plan Requirements

  • A minimum of 15 hours is required for completion of the minor, and the minor should be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his/her degree program.
  • 3 courses are required as indicated below, other courses are elective.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor coursework must be achieved.
Required Courses 8
Sustainable Materials for Green Housing
Introduction to Industrial Ecology
Environmental Life Cycle Analysis
Elective Courses7
Recycling to Create a Sustainable Environment
Pollution Prevention
Laboratory Safety Systems and Management
Forest History, Technology and Society
Bioenergy & Biomaterials Engineering
Facilities Management in Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Event Management
Principles of Recreation Planning and Facility Development
Total Hours15