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Forestry & Environmental Management

Earn Your Bachelor's & Master's in Five Years

Preserving the world’s forests is a vital responsibility and an ever-growing need. Newberry College offers a dual-degree program with Duke University, allowing you to earn your B.S. in biology from Newberry and your Master of Forestry from Duke, seamlessly within five years. Through this unique program, you'll take the accelerated path to embarking on your vocation in the living world.

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"3 + 2" Program with Duke University

The Forestry and Environmental Science program is offered in cooperation with Duke University, in Durham, N.C. Students may earn both a bachelor's degree and master's degree in five years, spending three years at Newberry College and two years at Duke's School of the Environment and Earth Sciences. Students must fulfill all general requirements by the end of their junior year at Newberry, and the first year's coursework at Duke will complete the undergraduate degree requirements for a Biology degree from Newberry. Duke University 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 at Duke.


3 years



2 years

Student completes:

· Minimum of 90 semester hours for B.S. in Biology

· General education and related graduation requirements for Newberry College

· Recommended courses for dual degree with Duke


Student completes:

· Remaining classes for Newberry Biology degree

· 48 semester hours of graduate level studies

Student must earn a minimum grade of 2.7/4.0 and receive a B-minus or better in order for these classes to count toward the master’s degree prerequisite. Formal application for admission also must be made to the Duke University School of the Environment.


While at Newberry College, Forestry dual-degree students must complete a rigorous program of core curriculum, biology, chemistry, mathematics and economics courses, and attain a total of at least 90 credit hours.


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 entering the Forestry and Environmental Management program should confer early in their college careers with the Biology program chair regarding which courses they should take each year, and when they should make formal application for admission to the Duke University School of the Environment and Earth Sciences.

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Career Possibilities

  • Conservation Manager
  • Coastal Environmental Management
  • Ecosystem Conservation
  • Forest Manager
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Forest Ecologist
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health
  • Water Resource Management
  • Silviculturalist


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