Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences

Infobox_University
name = Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences


established = 1938 as the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 1991 as the Nicholas School
type = Private
city = Durham
state = North Carolina
country = USA
postgrad =
website = [http://www.nicholas.duke.edu www.nicholas.duke.edu]

The Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences is one of seven graduate and professional schools at Duke University. A secondary facility is maintained in the coastal town of Beaufort, North Carolina. The school provides educational opportunities for students at the doctoral level (Ph.D), graduate professional level (Master of Environmental Management and Master of Forestry), and undergraduate level (B.S. and A.B). It is composed of three research divisions: Coastal Systems Science and Policy, Earth and Ocean Sciences, and Environmental Sciences and Policy.

History

Environmental and earth sciences have a long history at Duke. The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Marine Lab were both formed in 1938. Duke's Department of Geology was formed in 1936. The Nicholas School was founded in 1991 when Duke combined its School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and the Duke University Marine Laboratory. In 1997, the Department of Geology joined the Nicholas School as the Division of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Though the school was originally called the Duke School of Environment at its inception in 1991, it was named the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences in 2000 following a $20 million gift from Peter M. and Ginny Nicholas.

In 2008, the school's graduate program was ranked second in the nation by "U.S. News & World Report" [http://www.usnews.com/usnews/edu/grad/rankings/pub/brief/padsp3_brief.php] .

Peter M. and Ginny Nicholas pledged $70 million in December 2003 towards the creation of a nonpartisan policy institute affiliated with the Nicholas School. In 2005, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions was established. The Institute maintains offices both on the Duke University campus as well as in Washington, DC [http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/institute/about.html] .

External links

* [http://www.nicholas.duke.edu Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences]
* [http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/institute/ Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions]
* [http://www.duke.edu Duke University]


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