The Cooperative College Program coordinates the
education of students at Oglethorpe University with graduate
programs in environmental studies and natural resources offered by
the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. This
program provides a unique combination of liberal and professional
education well suited for those desiring to enter the fields of
environmental studies or natural resources. Participating Oglethorpe
students are accepted into either of two degree programs at Duke:
the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or the Master of
Forestry (MF). The degree awarded is determined by the student's
area of concentration at Duke. The program accommodates a wide range
of undergraduate backgrounds, and experience indicates that students
majoring in one of the natural or social sciences, pre-engineering,
economics, or business administration are best suited for it.
Although some students may prefer to complete the baccalaureate
degree before undertaking graduate study at Duke, highly qualified
students can reach a satisfactory level of preparation with three
years of coordinated undergraduate study at Oglethorpe; all final
admission decisions rest with the Nicholas School of the
Environment. A Bachelor of Arts degree is awarded by Oglethorpe
University upon successful completion of one year of study at Duke;
after four semesters at Duke, in which at least 48 semester units of
credit are earned, these students may qualify for one of the
professional master's degrees.
There are six areas of concentration for the
professional master's degree programs offered by the Nicholas School
of the Environment: Coastal Environmental Management; Environmental
Toxicology, Chemistry, and Risk Assessment; Resource Ecology;
Resource Economics and Policy; Water and Air Resources; and Forest
Resource Management. The undergraduate course requirements are
highly flexible for some areas of concentration; others are more
stringent. All of the programs have the following requirements:
- Completion of the Oglethorpe University core courses,
including one semester of a foreign language at the second
semester elementary-level or higher.
- Training in the natural sciences or social sciences related to
the student's area of interest in natural resources and
- Completion of at least one introductory course in calculus -
either Applied Calculus or Calculus I.
- Completion of a statistics course that includes descriptive
statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing,
confidence intervals, correlation, simple linear regression and
simple ANOVAs. Statistics at Oglethorpe fulfills this requirement.
- A working knowledge of microcomputers for word processing and
data analysis. Introduction to Computer Applications Software
fulfills this requirement, although students with extensive
experience with computers may have other options.
Qualified students who have interests outside of the structured
programs of the Nicholas School of the Environment are permitted to
design individual programs of study; all such individual programs
are subject to approval by the Education Committee of the Nicholas
School of the Environment.
Note: Dual-degree students in
environmental studies and natural resources may not use Oglethorpe
financial aid assistance to attend Duke University.