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Forestry & Environmental Management


Stuart Allison

Watson Bartlett Professor of Biology and Conservation; Director of Green Oaks Biological Field Station

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Cooperative Program

How We Work

1. We see the forest for the trees. A 3-2 program is an opportunity to combine the mentality and methodology of the liberal arts with hard science and economics. Our students choose a concentration for their work: coastal management, health and security, water and air resources, forest research, and more. With a proclivity for broad insights and a thorough specialization within Environmental Management, our students are uniquely capable of solving real world issues.

2. We stay grounded. Working on successful projects and tackling long-running issues requires a clear head and a practical sensibility. That's why our students get the big picture: they put the lab work right alongside the legal copy and the economic reports.

3. If a tree falls in a forest, we're around to hear it. Our students go out and get hands-on experience: whether that's completing their science courses alongside immersion in Costa Rica or Tanzania, or researching at our own Green Oaks Biological Field Station. We know that management insights are informed by real physical experience, and we want our students to be prepared in every way.

4. We get out and grow. Sara Haider '10 has researched on farms, patrolled tropical biological stations, developed a climate model for the Appalachian mountains, and currently works as an ecologist for the U.S. Geological Survey. Abigail Letzter ‘05 has worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Cooperative Program

We live in an age of rapid environmental change, much of it driven by human caused modifications to the environment. How should we respond to these changes? Are there ways to better manage our environment for our benefit and the benefit of other species?

Forestry (no longer a field mostly concerned with producing lumber) and environmental management are two areas that focus on those issues. Knox, in cooperation with Duke University, offers programs in forestry and in environmental management. After three years at Knox and two years at Duke, students receive both a bachelor of arts degree from Knox and either a master of forestry or a master of environmental management from Duke.

Prior to starting study at the cooperating institution, a Knox student must:

  • have received at least 27 credits with at least a 2.0 grade point average;
  • have been in residence on the Knox campus at least 6 terms and have earned at least 18 Knox credits;
  • have completed all the requirements for a Knox degree except the requirements for the major, for total credits and that the last credits and terms before the degree be in residence;
  • be recommended for the program by the Dean of the College or, upon the Dean's request, by the faculty program advisor.

In addition to these general Knox requirements for participation in a cooperative program, Duke requires course preparation in the sciences, mathematics, and economics. Students interested in this program should contact program advisor Stuart Allison early to plan courses.

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