Summary: This paper discusses the historical and current day need for education in the area of building materials and wood technology as it relates to the economy of Massachusetts. A case study of the Building Materials and Wood Technology (BMATWT) Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is provided. The history of the program and economic and other forces affecting curriculum change are presented.

Wood science education in a changing world: A case study of the
UMASS-Amherst building materials & wood technology program, 1965-2005