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COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SCHOOL OF ENVIRONMENTAL & FOREST SCIENCE
BIORESOURCE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

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BSE 104 Products and Energy from Renewable Resources (5) I&S/NW
Introduction to the structure, composition, and availability of renewable resources. Conversion of these materials into solid products, energy, and useful chemicals. Particular attention to the production of fiber (paper/board), fuels (ethanol/aromatics), and specialty chemicals (biopolymers, medicines, etc.). Comparison of renewable energy sources: biomass, water, geothermal, wind, and solar. Includes weekly laboratory session.
Instructor Course Description: Kevin T Hodgson Michelle M. Trudeau

BSE 150 Bioresource Science and Engineering Seminar (1) Gustafson
Introduces the science and technology of bioresources, including paper. Faculty, advisers, and guest lectures present on topics throughout the quarter. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

BSE 190 Special Topics (1-5, max. 10) NW
Introduces current topics or courses under development to address the latest issues in bioresource science and engineering.
Instructor Course Description: Kevin T Hodgson

BSE 201 Introduction to Pulp, Paper, and Bioproducts (3) NW
Broad overview of the science and technology of producing pulp and paper. Introduction of the BSE major course sequence and various career options. Examination of Pacific Northwest pulp and paper production facilities. Offered: W.
Instructor Course Description: Kevin T Hodgson

BSE 202 Pulp and Paper Lab and Field Studies (1) NW
Laboratory and field trip studies in pulp and paper technology. Visits to local forest product manufacturing facilities. Required for BSE majors. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.
Instructor Course Description: Kevin T Hodgson

BSE 211 Creativity and Society (5) VLPA/I&S Allan
Explores the nature of creativity and innovation in U.S. and other societies. Investigates the processes of thinking and techniques of idea generation in fields such as art, music, science, engineering and medicine. Offered: AWS.

BSE 248 Paper Properties (4) NW
Acquaints students with raw material characteristics, physical and mechanical concepts, nomenclature, and procedures related to evaluating paper and paperboard product properties. Emphasizes structural, optical, mechanical, and moisture related properties. Offered: A.

BSE 309 Creativity and Innovation (2) VLPA Allan
Understanding creativity and creative thinking; its challenges and dynamics through knowledge, judgment, planning, and observation. Techniques of creative thinking. Design and development of creative games. Computer-aided creative thinking. Creation, protection, and exploitation of a useful idea, including bargaining and negotiations. Offered: jointly with CHEM E 309; Sp.

BSE 391 Engineering Principles of Biorefineries (5) NW F. PACHECO DE RESENDE
Introduction to biofinery processes, including material and energy balances; sustainability aspects and environmental issues; and process modeling. Application of conservation laws to calculation of flow rates, chemical composition, and heat requirements of non-reactive and reactive systems typical of processes involving lignocellulosic biomass. Prerequisite: A A 260; either CHEM 237 or CHEM 223; MATH 307 Offered: A.

BSE 392 Bioresource Transport Phenomena (5) NW F. PACHECO DE RESENDE
Focuses on transport phenomena involved in the biofinery processes, including: momentum, heat, and mass transfer; paper drying, transport in biochemical and thermochemical processes, and product separation; and computational tools. Application of conservation laws to calculations of flow rates, chemical composition, and heat requirements involving lignocellulosic biomass. Prerequisite: BSE 391. Offered: W.

BSE 399 Undergraduate Internship (1-5, max. 15)
Internship experience with a public agency or private company, supervised and approved by a faculty member. Preparation of professional report reflecting on the experience is required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

BSE 406 Natural Products Chemistry (5) NW Bura
Provides knowledge of chemistry of aqueous and solvent-rich systems, natural and synthetic polymers, and of interactions with inorganic materials and trace substances present in biomass processing systems. Covers the chemistry of lignocellulosic biomass components: cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, and extractives. Presents the fundamental chemistry of biomass conversion process. Prerequisite: either CHEM 237 or CHEM 335. Offered: A.
Instructor Course Description: Renata Bura

BSE 420 Bioresource Engineering I (4)
Covers chemistry and reaction kinetics of conversion of biomass into molecules and fibers for use in making fuels and high value products. Includes chemical, biological, and thermal conversion of biomass. Develops applications of reaction kinetics to design reactor configurations. Prerequisite: BSE 406. Offered: W.

BSE 421 Bioresource Engineering II (4) Gustafson
Introduces basic mass transfer processes and physical basis: diffusion, convection, and mass transfer coefficients. Analyzes separation processes used in forest products and bioresources industries: membrane separations, flow through porous media, leaching and extraction, and evaporation. Includes industrial processes: dialysis, reverse osmosis, fiber web formation, pulp washing, and black liquor evaporation. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BSE 420. Offered: Sp.
Instructor Course Description: Kevin T Hodgson

BSE 422 Bioresource Engineering III (4) Gustafson
Introduces process simulators and their application to model unit operations and large scale integrated facilities such as biorefineries and pulp and paper mills. Covers applications to optimize processes for production and environmental impact, basic control equipment, process models used in control, types of controllers, and simple controller tuning. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BSE 421. Offered: A.

BSE 426 Bioresource Laboratory (4) Bura
Covers bioconversion laboratory techniques, focusing on design and operation of conversion processes to produce high value biorenewable products based on chemistry of biomass. Products include ethanol, pulp, glycols, and sugar streams. Includes significant product design component, and hands-on laboratory creation of products based on design. Prerequisite: BSE 420; Q SCI 381, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: Sp.

BSE 430 Papermaking Processes (5)
Examines stock preparation operations (refining, screening, and cleaning) for papermaking and sheet forming as a unit of operations. Considers related unit operations of fluid dynamics and heat transfer as they apply to the commercial process. Covers sheet finishing operations of surface sizing, calendaring, and rewinding. Analyzes physics of fiber webs. Prerequisite: CHEM E 340. Offered: A.

BSE 436 Pulp and Paper Laboratory II (4)
Paper testing, paper additives, flocculation, drainage, retention, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics in papermaking from virgin and recycled raw materials. Prerequisite: BSE 430. Offered: W.

BSE 480 Bioresource Design I (4) I&S/NW Gustafson
Design and production of biomass derived products meeting given specifications and financial constraints, integrating coursework knowledge to solve complex, open-ended design problems. Specific considerations in design include: economic, marketability, environmental, sustainability, ethical, health and safety, social, and political. Prerequisite: minimum grade of 2.0 in BSE 406; 2.0 in BSE 420; 2.0 in BSE 430. Offered: W.

BSE 481 Bioresource Design II (5) I&S/NW
Comprehensive design of pulp and paper processes, including: economic feasibility studies; process equipment design, optimization, and control; and overall process integration and layout. Safety and ethics in the design process. Prerequisite: BSE 480. Offered: Sp.

BSE 489 Foreign Study (1-5, max. 15)
Individual foreign study of topics for which there is not sufficient demand to warrant the organization of regular classes. Offered: AWSpS.

BSE 490 Special Topics (1-5, max. 15)
Individual tutorial study of topics or courses under development to address the latest scientific developments in forest resources. Offered: AWSp.

BSE 497 Pulp and Paper Internship (1, max. 3)
Technical and economic analysis of commercial pulp and paper installations. Structured visits to industrial operations to observe technical aspects of pulp and paper curriculum in practice. Preparation of visitation reports and analysis in seminar setting. Offered: AWSpS.

BSE 499 Undergraduate Research (1-5, max. 15)
Individual research supervised by a faculty member. For advanced students desiring to extend their educational experience. Offered: AWSpS.