The College offers a cooperative program with Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, in the areas of forestry and environmental management. Students may earn the bachelor's and master's degree in five years, spending three years at Newberry College and two years at Duke University School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Students must fulfill all the general requirements by the end of the junior year at Newberry. The first year's work at Duke will complete the undergraduate degree requirements and a B.S. degree with a major in Biology will be awarded by Newberry at the end of the first year at Duke. Duke will award the professional degree of Master of Forestry (MF) or Master of Environmental Management (MEM) to qualified candidates at the end of the second year.
While at Newberry College students need to complete a rigorous program of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and economics courses, their Core Curriculum, 18 Fine Arts and Lectures events (3 per semester while at Newberry College), Communication Across the Curriculum (CACP) writing requirements (Level 1, three Level 2, and two Level 3 papers are required), and at least 90 credit hours of courses.
Some students may prefer to complete the bachelor's degree before undertaking graduate study at Duke. The master's degree requirements for these students are the same as those for students entering after the junior year, but the 60-unit requirement may be reduced for relevant undergraduate work of satisfactory quality already completed. All credit reductions are determined individually and consider both the student's educational background and objectives.
Students electing the Forestry and Environmental Management program of study should confer early in their college careers with Dr. Charles Horn regarding which courses they should take each year in order to avoid schedule conflicts between some of the required courses, and when they should make formal application for admission to the Duke University School of the Environment.
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