Argonne National Laboratories Semester: A student majoring in biology, chemistry
or physics who shows high potential for scientific research may, with the consent of
the chairperson of his or her major department, apply for participation in this program
operated by the Central States Universities, Inc.
Forestry and Environmental Management: Thiel College participates in a cooperative
program with the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke
University in Durham, North Carolina. Through this program, highly qualified students
can earn a bachelor’s degree at Thiel and a master’s degree at Duke in five years.
Students in the program complete three years of course work at Thiel, which includes
the curriculum required of all students (the Integrative Requirement and the major), the
prerequisites for admission to Duke and a total of 94 credit hours. Prospective students
must apply for admission tot he Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
at Duke by February 1 of their junior year. Upon successful admission and completion of
two semesters of residency at Duke in which 30 semester units of credit are earned, the
students is awarded a bachelor’s degree from Thiel. After an additional two semesters
of successful study at Duke and completion of a total of 48 semester units of credit, a
student may receive either a Master of Forestry (M.F.) or a Master of Environmental
Management (M.E.M.) degree.
Students may also choose to earn the bachelor’s degree from Thiel. These students
may apply for admission to the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences
at Duke as candidates for either the M.F. or M.E.M. degree. Both degrees require four
semesters and 48 semester hours of credit.
The Master of Environmental Management degree focuses on the following programs
of study: coastal environmental management, conservation science and policy,
environmental change and water and air resources. The Master of Forestry degree
develops experts on sustainable management of forest ecosystems. Students may also
choose to enter certificate programs in either energy and environment or geospatial
The emphasis in all areas is on quantitative methods of analyzing problems, defining
objectives, and devising and testing management alternatives. This scientific and
analytical background has enabled graduates of the school to attain an excellent
record of placement in a variety of forestry and resource management positions with
government, industry, consulting firms, universities and nonprofit organizations.
Prerequisites for admission to the M.E.M. and M.F. programs include a strong
background in the area of physical or social sciences relevant to the area of interest, one
semester of college-level calculus and one semester of college-level statistics.
Each must be passed with a grade of a B minus or better. Additional prerequisites
may be necessary for each program of study. Interested students should consult the
Thiel adviser to this program, Dr. Michael Balas, Department of Biology. For additional
information, please see the Nicholas School's Web site.
Washington Semester Program: Selected students who are majoring in political science,
economics, sociology, biology, chemistry and physics may participate in the Washington
Semester at American University, Washington D.C. The Washington Semester program
includes studies in the following areas: Urban Affairs, American Government, Foreign
Policy, International Development and Science and Technology.