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University of Illinois begins bioenergy Master’s program


March 25, 2009
By University of Illinois

March 23, 2009, Urbana, Ill – Interest in bioenergy and renewable
energy sources continues to increase and now students can earn a Master
of Science degree in bioenergy from the College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at
Urbana-Champaign.

March 23, 2009, Urbana, Ill – Interest in bioenergy and renewable energy sources continues to increase and now students can earn a Master of Science degree in bioenergy from the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The new Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree is a non-thesis program that allows students to receive training in bioenergy subjects, while gaining relevant professional experience in business classes and an internship.

The bioenergy PSM allows students to choose from four specialty areas:

  • plants, soils, and feedstocks;
  • bioenergy production, processing, and use;
  • environment, economics, and policy & law; and
  • bioenergy tools and methods.

Two new classes in bioenergy have been created for University of Illinois students and will be mandatory for PSM students. Topics in those classes include agronomics and improvements needed for crops and biomass feedstocks, land use, biochemical and chemical processes, use of biofuels, other uses for biomass, applications of computational tools, such as modeling, simulation and GIS, environmental impacts and sustainability, energy fundamentals, economics and legal, political and societal issues.

Prospective students should have a baccalaureate degree in a recognized field of biological, physical, agricultural, socio-economic, or engineering science. Check out the website (http://www.bioenergy.uiuc.edu/education/major.html) for more about admissions requirements.

The new PSM degree is a 16-month program consisting of three semesters of coursework and a summer internship.

For more information about the program, visit http://bioenergy.illinois.edu.


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