Forestry and Environmental Studies Program

Qualified students may participate in a joint program with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. The program leads to a B.A. from The College of Wooster and either a Master’s of Environmental Management (MEM) or a Master’s of Forestry (MF) from Duke University. The Wooster degree will be awarded upon the successful completion of the first year of the two-year professional curriculum.

The purpose of the program is to educate persons to apply knowledge from the natural, social, and management sciences in the analysis of problems in natural resources and environment. Students may major in any area at The College of Wooster, and may enroll in one of nine specialty areas at the Nicholas School.

The Duke programs are:

  • Coastal Environmental Management
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Chemistry and Risk Assessment
  • Conservation Science and Policy
  • Ecosystem Science and Management
  • Water and Air Resources
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Environmental Health and Security
  • Forest Resource Management

In addition to satisfying the requirements for a combined professional training program at Wooster, students should have taken at least one semester of college calculus, a statistics course, and some courses in the natural or social sciences related to their area of specialty. Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) must accompany the application to the program in the third year.

The adviser for this program is Rick Lehtinen, Department of Biology. Students aspiring to this program are encouraged to discuss their goals with Dr. Lehtinen early in their first year.