The University of Idaho has revised a program to educate undergraduates in developing and marketing renewable products.
The university says it houses the only undergraduate renewable materials degree in the nation with an integrated business component.
Students learn how to develop materials from bio-based and repurposed materials and to develop a business around those products.
The Renewable Materials Program, formerly the Forest Products Program, builds on the College of Natural Resources' forest products degree. A new curriculum will expand the focus to include other reusable materials, the university says.
"By expanding the scope of what can offer, we are able to serve more students and prepare them for greater opportunities after graduation," says Tom Gorman, professor of renewable resources and associate dean.
Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in renewable materials can specialize in construction and design, business management, materials acquisition and supply, bio-based materials or bio-energy.
The program is accredited by the Society of Wood Science and Technology.
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