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Faculty of Forestry

BEST: Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology

BEST 200 (3) Foundations in Bioproducts and the Bioeconomy
Introduction to the production, use, and attributes of renewable products and energy derived from biobased materials. Sustainability paradigms related to the bioeconomy; potential environmental and socio-political impacts associated with biobased technologies and transitions to sustainable economies. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: CHEM 121.
BEST 201 (3) Plants, Carbon, and Environment
Introduction to plant biology, with special emphasis on growth and development, highlighting the biological mechanisms of radiation energy capture, and water and nutrient acquisition in the production of plant biomass. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: All of BIOL 111, BIOL 121.
BEST 202 (3) Alternative Energy Systems
Introduction to safe, clean, and sustainable supplies of energy. Economic, social, environmental, and policy issues raised by current systems of energy use and production are examined. [3-0-0]
BEST 203 (3) Ecology of Managed Ecosystems
Provides a foundation in managed ecosystems and community ecology. Includes material on forest ecology and agricultural ecosystems as managed environments. [3-2-0]
Prerequisite: One of BIOL 111, BIOL 121.
BEST 204 (3) Land Use Management and Planning
Global overview of land use management and planning, with a focus on principles and practice. [3-0-2]
BEST 300 (3) Biobased Polymers and Bioproducts
Study of occurrence, synthesis, derivatization, physical properties, processing, and application of major bio-based polymers from biomass. Manufacturing processes and uses of biobased products are examined. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: One of CHEM 203, CHEM 233.
BEST 301 (3) Bioenergy
Interdisciplinary approach to bioenergy. The technology of the systems involved, the social and environmental implications of biomass use for energy systems. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: BEST 202.
BEST 302 (3) Laboratory in Bioeconomy Technology (I)
Laboratory modules for bioeconomy technologies; bioenergy and bioproducts. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: BEST 200.
Corequisite: One of BEST 300, BEST 301.
BEST 303 (3) Applied Biotechnology for Bioproducts
Use of microbiology and enzymology for processing and enhancing value of forest and agro-based bioproducts; saccharification of biomass, fermentation, and product upgrading with biocatalysts. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: BEST 300.
BEST 304 (3) Laboratory in Bioeconomy Technology (II)
Laboratory modules for bioeconomy technologies; plant breeding, deconstruction, fermentation, and applied biotechnology. [1-3-0]
Prerequisite: BEST 302.
Corequisite: BEST 303.
BEST 400 (3) Biomimicry and Biocomposites
Introduction to principles of self-assembly, hierarchical structures, biocomposites, and unique adaptive structures. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: BEST 300.
BEST 401 (3) Carbon and Energy Economics
Understanding key issues for carbon management, protocols for carbon accounting and methodologies for emissions inventories and carbon costing. Economics and business response to climate change are examined. [3-0-0]
Prerequisite: ECON 101.
BEST 402 (3) Industrial Ecology
Concepts in sustainability around technology and material use; relevance of biological ecology to industrial ecology; life cycle analysis: components and applications; and approaches to design. [3-0-2]
Prerequisite: BEST 200.
BEST 403 (3) Integrated Strategies for Bioproduct Innovation
Project-based course on development of bioeconomy products; demonstration of out-of-box thinking, service learning and teamwork. Restricted to students in the Forest Bioeconomy Sciences and Technology program. [2-3-0]

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