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Starting Fall 2009, the incoming class at John Brown University, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, has a new focus of study - a Bachelor of Science in Renewable Energy. Students can choose from courses focusing on solar, wind, biomass and will then focus on one of three designations within the major: design, installation or international development.Other courses include: practical experience in designing; construction; monitoring renewable energy generators; and there is the chance for study abroad opportunities within the program. Students will also be responsible for taking courses in engineering, science, intercultural studies and business. Students can also minor in renewable energy, which is a nice option for students already in John Brown but interested in a degree in renewable energy applications.
"JBU's renewable energy program will study the growing worldwide demand for conservation and energy efficiency, increasing energy costs, environmental benefits of renewable sources of energy generation, climate change/global warming, and its importance as an aspect of Christian stewardship." John Brown University is an independent, non-denominational university but does have a heavy emphasis on providing a "christ-centered education that prepares people to honor God and serve others by developing their intellectual, professional and spiritual lives."
Recently several religious organizations have called on their congregations to fight climate change and several community organizations have pushed renewable energy as the bringer of the green collar economy.:John Brown University
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