Forestry & Environmental Studies

Marshall University and the Duke University School of the Environment have entered into an agreement whereby a student may spend three years at Marshall followed by two years at Duke. Students who are accepted by Duke for this program pursue one of two degrees: Master of Forestry (M.F.) or Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.). At the end of the fourth year (minimum of 24 Duke credits) the student may be eligible for the B.S. degree with a major in Biological Sciences from Marshall University. Following the fifth year (minimum total of 48 Duke credits) students may qualify for one of the two professional Master's degrees.

Students are normally admitted only at the beginning of the fall term. Applications to Duke University should be submitted by February 15 preceding the fall in which admission is desired. Duke requires the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) for admission. Students should arrange to take the GRE in the first semester of the junior year.

The curriculum outlined below shows the courses required of students who seek admission to Duke as biology majors at Marshall. Marshall requires a quality point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher for the three years of on-campus work. However, students are strongly encouraged to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher to qualify for acceptance into Duke. Students accepted into the program over recent years have had a mean GPA of approximately 3.3. In the fourth year a sufficient number of hours must be successfully completed at Duke to total 128 when added to those already completed at Marshall.

Forestry and Environmental Studies majors are required to meet the Marshall University College of Science requirements for the B.S. degree and to take the following courses:

Biological Sciences 120 and 121 8 hrs.
Biological Sciences 320, 322, and 324 12 hrs.
Chemistry 211, 212, 355-356, and 361 15 hrs.
Chemistry 217 and 218 4 hrs.
Physics 201, 202, 203, and 204 8 hrs.
Mathematics 225 and 229 8 hrs.
Economics 250 3 hrs.


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