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Wood Sciences & Technology

Wood Science and Technology students standing around a project Society must provide the basic needs for sustainable materials for furniture, paper, packaging, building materials, biofuels, and other products for sustaining a rapidly growing population. At the same time, protection of the environment requires proper use of natural resources. Students in this program are prepared for the challenges of an ever-changing bioenergy, renewable materials and sustainable construction industry career. 

Fast Facts

Nationally Accredited

WVU is one of only 10 universities in the U.S. with an accredited Wood Science and Technology program. 

prepared workforce

You’ll be prepared for a career in the ever-growing fields of bioenergy, renewable materials and sustainable construction.

Important research

WVU received a $250,000 grant from USDA to explore the power of wood as an energy resource.


  • Renewable Materials Scientist
  • Residential Construction Management
  • Forest Engineer
  • Sustainable Material Specialist
  • Timber Procurement Forestry
  • Renewable Material Sales and Marketing
  • Quality Control and Production Management

Course Schedule

Freshman Year

Suggested Plan of Study

Fall Spring
FOR 101 – Careers in Natural Resources Management
BUSA 201 – Survey of Economics
ENGL 101 – Intro to Composition and Rhetoric
FOR 240 – Introduction to Computing in Natural Resources
WDSC 100 – Forest Resources in U.S. History MATH 150 – Applied Calculus
BIOL 101 and 103 – General Biology
WDSC 223 – Wood Anatomy and Structure

For full suggested course schedule, class descriptions and more information on General Education Foundations (GEF) see course catalog.