Wood Innovation for Sustainability Degree

Building the path to a sustainable future requires finding new and innovative ways to use wood and organic materials for products we use every day. As a WINS student, you'll be a part of a community of researchers, scientists and changemakers, creating solutions that impact every level of the wood products industry. From research and development to marketing and administration to design and the built environment, WINS graduates succeed in a number of fields, including product development, domestic and international supply chain management, entrepreneurship, architecture, construction and carpentry. And many students begin well-paying careers right out of school, securing their first jobs before even graduating.

Major focus areas include:

  • Marketing + Management 
    Help organizations solve problems, discover consumer desires for new product features and develop new international markets for existing products.
  • Science + Engineering 
    Lead process development, create efficiencies, and implement environmentally conscious and intelligent solutions for companies and consumers utilizing wood.
  • Art + Design 
    Engage with wood and other renewable materials on a design and aesthetic level, whether as a furniture designer, fine artist or entrepreneur.

Additional minor option:

  • Wood Products Sales
    Any enrolled OSU student not already majoring in WINS can choose to minor in wood products sales. Oregon’s forest sector companies employ hundreds of salespeople and are actively recruiting college graduates, and additional scholarships are available for students who choose this minor. 


The Friends of Wood Innovation for Sustainability Scholarship is provided by our industry partners who are committed to making an Oregon State degree affordable for undergraduates enrolled in the program. The merit-based scholarship is available to traditional freshman for up to four years and to transfer students for up to two years. $2,500 is offered to all students, $4,000 is offered to students with a 3.5 GPA or better. 

Please email Allison Culver with questions. Thank you to the following industry partners:

Boise Cascade logoColumbia logoGeorgia Pacific logoMurphy logoRoseburg logoSeneca logoWeyerhaeuser logoWVCO logo

Why Oregon State

From the moment you step on campus, you are part of a supportive and dynamic community of researchers and learners, committed to building a more sustainable and inclusive society. Our wood science research programs impact every single person in the state of Oregon, and are important to the environmental, economic and social needs of the rest of the nation and the world. As the #1 College of Forestry in the nation, you will have the best of both worlds — the benefits of a large and powerful research university but the feel of a small school, where you can feel safe to explore new ideas, find a sense of purpose and belonging and develop close relationships with students and faculty.


While we think you'll love Corvallis -- consistently ranked one of the best college towns in the country -- you can also study abroad during your time at Oregon State. Programs range from a few weeks to a year in destinations across six continents, and scholarships are available to help offset costs. Finally, required work experience and internship opportunities allow you to apply your knowledge and make connections throughout the industry, so that you can become a leader in your career of choice.