The University of Idaho (U of I) will combine animal, veterinary, and food sciences research, education, and outreach into one department. The new department will be named U of I College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and was approved by the Idaho State Board of Education on July 1st.
The change is a joint decision by U of I and Washington State University. The move will allow each university to focus on its state’s priorities. Students at both universities will continue to take classes in food science for their undergraduate and graduate studies. The cross-listed classes offer expertise from both universities to the students.
The new department will operate with the same funding for faculty salaries and operating budget as before the move. Idaho Officials hope to boost student enrollment in food science programs by 20%.