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Forestry and Environmental Management

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Recent graduates hold positions with industrial firms, environmental consulting firms, state and Federal governmental agencies, and private conservation groups.

Pre-Professional Program

Illinois Wesleyan students majoring in environmental studies, biology, business, economics, or political science may participate in the program.

Qualified students are then accepted into either of two degree programs at Duke University:

  • Master of Forestry (M.F.) for those concentrating in Forest Resource Management
  • Master of Environmental Management (M.E.M.) for those concentrating in either:
    • Resource Ecology
    • Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry
    • Water and Air Resources
    • Resource Economics and Policy
    • Coastal Environmental Management


During their three years at Illinois Wesleyan, forestry and environmental management students complete the general education requirements of the College of Liberal Arts, selected requirements of their major department and 26 courses.

Regardless of their major, students are expected to complete:

At least one of the following calculus courses

  • Mathematics 151, 161 or 165

One of the following statistics courses:

  • Natural Science 227
  • Sociology 227
  • Business Administration 227

Introduction to economics:

  • Economics 100

For students who select the Resource Ecology or Forest Resource Management programs, an introductory course in Ecology:

  • Biology 217 preferred, but Biology 227 acceptable

Upon satisfactory completion of the initial two semesters of study at Duke (24 semester hours at Duke), Illinois Wesleyan University awards the student the appropriate bachelor's degree. After successful completion of two additional semesters of study, the student receives one of the professional master's degrees from Duke University.

Many students complete their four-year baccalaureate degree program from Illinois Wesleyan before entering the M.F. or M.E.M. program at Duke.

For students with specific career goals combining interests, Duke's School of the Environment has established formal concurrent degree programs allowing students to earn both a M.F. or M.E.M. degree from the School of the Environment, and either:

  • a Master of Business Administration degree from the School of Business
  • a law degree (Juris Doctor) from the School of Law
  • a Master of Arts in public policy degree from the Institute of Policy Sciences and Public Affairs

Natural Science Division
Illinois Wesleyan University
(309) 556-3060

Abigail Jahiel - Professor of Environmental and International Studies

Department - Environmental Studies