My Eastern Shore
October 31, 2017
Environmental science and environmental studies students at Washington College will now have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, thanks to a new partnership between Washington College and Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
According to a news release, the agreement allows qualified students to leave Washington College after their third year and enroll at Duke, where they can study for a master’s in either environmental management or forestry. After successfully completing their first year at Duke, they will be awarded their bachelor’s degree from Washington College.
Charlie Kehm, chair of the Department of Physics and McLain Associate Professor of Physics and Environmental Science and Studies, oversaw the development of the dual-degree program.
“To me, in environmental science and studies, it’s about creating more opportunities for students,” Kehm said. “I love that they can come into Washington College and see themselves at the end of this really cool path.”
Patrice DiQuinzio, provost and dean of Washington College, said the new arrangement illustrates the college’s determination to provide distinctive opportunities to its students, and it continues to build upon the College’s growing and energetic environmental program.
“Environmental science and studies is increasingly one of our most popular majors, and this will only enhance what is already a strong, exciting program,” DiQuinzio said.
Although the program takes effect for incoming freshman in 2019, current freshmen and sophomores also are eligible to work toward the dual-degree.