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A student with a clock made in the Renewable Materials Lab

Renewable Materials
phone: (208) 885-9663
fax: (208) 855-6226
College of Natural Resources
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 441132
Moscow, ID 83844-1132
Armando McDonald and students analyze oil from machine

Hands-On Experience

With a strong educational foundation and practical hands-on projects, it’s no wonder our graduates are in high demand. From careers in forest engineering, to developing biofuels from forest and agricultural residue, to developing new products from recycled waste plastics, opportunities for your success are limitless.

Get Hooked: Introduction to Renewable Materials
From your first course in the renewable materials program, you’ll understand what sets us apart. Our Introduction to Renewable Materials class is a two-credit experience that examines critical issues facing green industries. You’ll have the opportunity to explore historical and emerging manufacturing processes in bio-based products, and you’ll get a glimpse into new products and biomaterials discoveries. You’ll also gain insight into industry trends, governmental regulations and professional career opportunities providing society with resources from bio-based materials.

A hands-on lab course requirement also gives you a greater understanding of the product development process; taking you from concept creation, to testing and laboratory work. You’ll also have the opportunity to articulate and demonstrate your project ideas through a peer demonstration. For instance, recently a group of industrious Renewable Materials 100 students built a prototype of speaker cabinets for computers comprised only of recycled materials. Today, their products are being used successfully in various offices throughout the program.

This course is so popular in fact that many students throughout the university opt to take it as an elective. A recent ASUI President cited Renewable Materials 100 as one the most interesting and engaging classes he took while at the University of Idaho. And Renewable Materials isn't the only exciting class you'll get to take.