The purpose of prerequisite courses is to ensure that on-campus students have sufficient backgrounds to understand the terminology, theory, and practical applications of the required qualitative and quantitative courses in the Master of Environmental Management (MEM) and Master of Forestry (MF) professional degree programs. Students lacking prerequisites may be unable to complete courses in the recommended sequence and may find it difficult to complete the required courses for graduation within the normal two years of study.

Application and acceptance to the MEM and MF degrees is possible with prerequisite deficiencies. However, although we admit applicants with missing prerequisites, we only matriculate students who are missing no more than one required prerequisite.

If you have not yet fulfilled a prerequisite, you are strongly urged to complete it prior to matriculating in the Nicholas School. Courses taken after matriculation to satisfy prerequisites do not count towards the credits required for the degree and must be completed with a grade of B- or better during the first year of the program. 

Students who fail to meet the required prerequisites by the end of the first year of study are at risk of being dismissed from the program.

Admissions Prerequisites

Prerequisites for admission to the Nicholas School are:

  1. Some previous training in the natural sciences or the social sciences related to the student’s area of interest.
  2. At least one semester of college calculus that includes: algebra (graphing linear equations, solving systems of linear equations); functions (characteristics of functions in one variable, logarithmic functions, exponential functions); calculus of one variable (derivatives, definite and indefinite integrals); calculus of more than one variable (partial derivatives, total derivatives); and first-order differential equations (discrete and continuous time, rates of decay, initial conditions).
  3. A college statistics course that includes descriptive statistics, probability distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, correlation, simple linear regression, and simple ANOVAs.

Program-Specific Prerequisites

In additional to the school-wide prerequisites in calculus and statistics, additional courses might be required or recommended depending on the student’s program area of study within the MEM or MF degree. Although students must complete required prerequisites, completion of recommended courses is left up to the student’s discretion.

MASTER OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT (MEM) DEGREE

  • Business and Environment (BE): Microeconomics is required – either a full semester microeconomics course or an introductory course that is more than half microeconomics rather than macroeconomics)
  • Coastal Environmental Management (CEM): Microeconomics is required – either a full semester microeconomics course or an introductory course that is more than half microeconomics rather than macroeconomics.
  • Environmental Economics and Policy (EEP): Microeconomics is required – either a full semester microeconomics course or an introductory course that is more than half microeconomics rather than macroeconomics.
  • Ecosystem Science and Conservation (ESC): Principles of Ecology is required; Microeconomics is not required for the ESC program but it is required for ENVIRON 520 Resource and Environmental Economics, a course taken by a large number of ESC students.
  • Energy and Environment (EE): Microeconomics is required – either a full semester microeconomics course or an introductory course that is more than half microeconomics rather than macroeconomics.
  • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Health (EEH): One semester of college Chemistry is required; Organic Chemistry and Principles of Ecology are both recommended.
  • Water Resources Management (WRM): General courses in Chemistry and Physics are recommended; Microeconomics is not required for the WRM program but it is required for ENVIRON 520 Resource and Environmental Economics, a course taken by a large number of WRM students.

MASTER OF FORESTRY (MF) DEGREE

Principles of Ecology and an Introductory Economics course that includes microeconomics are both required.

Although students without the level of preparation described below may be accepted for admission, it is expected that deficiencies will be made up prior to entrance by means of formal coursework.

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