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3+2 Forestry

If you’re passionate about creating a sustainable future and addressing the major environmental issues of our time, our 3+2 Forestry joint degree program is an outstanding option.

Promote sustainability, take advantage of powerful learning opportunities in our Zena research forest and work with expert faculty while you’re earning your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It’s all part of our 3+2 Forestry program.

The program combines the breadth of our curriculum with highly focused graduate study at Oregon State University’s College of Forestry or Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. No matter which path you choose, you’ll get an education that prepares you for a broad range of careers related to the wise stewardship of our natural resources.

Oregon State University

The close proximity of Oregon State University makes this 3+2 pathway a great choice. You’ll have a chance to establish relationships with OSU graduate faculty and become familiar with the College of Forestry while you pursue your bachelor’s degree.

After completing three years of coursework at Willamette and maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0, you’ll be considered for provisional admission to an OSU Master of Forestry program in Sustainable Forest Management or Forest Ecosystems and Society. You’ll need to declare your intention to pursue this pathway by the start of your third year at Willamette and formally apply to OSU according to graduate school admission deadlines.

If you tell us you’re interested in this pathway during your first or second year, you can receive specific advising from Willamette and OSU professors to help you choose a track within the 3+2 program.

Please see our sample timeline to map out your path to a master’s degree in forestry at OSU.

Duke University

Our partnership with Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment provides a path to a master’s degree in environmental management or forestry.

After completing three years of required coursework at Willamette, you can begin pursuing your master’s degree at Duke. The program, which also can be completed in a 4+2 format, includes the following prerequisites:

Natural or social science courses related to your area of interest

  • College-level course in Calculus (required)
  • College-level course in Statistics (required)
  • Undergraduate experience and training in professional writing

You must earn a grade of B- or better in each prerequisite course and earn college credit for it to count toward the prerequisite. Pass/Fail and self-paced courses are not acceptable.


For more information, complete the form, contact Professor Joe Bowersox.

Willamette University


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