Statement of Prerequisite Coursework

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 and Master of Forestry 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.

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); 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

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.


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