The field of forest products is concerned with extending man's 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 Forest Products leads to the Master of Science degree in forest products or a Doctor of Philosophy in forest resources with an emphasis in forest products. The M.S. program requires 24 hours of course work, 6 hours of research for a thesis, and a comprehensive examination. The Ph.D. program requires approximately 60 hours of course and research work, a written preliminary examination, an oral examination, and a dissertation. Major areas of study include composite wood products, environmental biotechnology, wood preservation, business and production systems, wood chemistry, and furniture. Graduate research assistantships are available and include tuition waiver and medical insurance reimbursement for in and out of state students.
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