Program of Study

General program of studies 

The structure of the program is one full year, comprised of three semesters (fall, spring and summer).  Students study interdisciplinary environmental subjects with a specific focus on water in the Middle East.  
Students are required to complete a minimum of 38 credit hours.  The program of studies consists of five segments: 

1.   Introductory courses (4 credits)

2.   Core courses (15 credits)

3.   Seminars (6 credits)

4.   Elective courses (12 credits)

5.   Research Seminar and Final project (1 credit)


Students who have already completed one or more of the introductory courses at another university, and have received a grade of 85 or higher, may submit a request for exemption from up to two introductory courses.  The request must include a copy of an official transcript, the course title and description and the name of the lecturer.  Students who receive an exemption from introductory courses must complete 38 credit hours by taking additional elective courses from the Porter school.


For a list of course descriptions click here.


Degree requirements

Degree requirements include an overall average grade of at least 70 for all courses, the submission of a final project by the end of the third (summer) semester, and completion of 38 credit hours.  The grade for the final project is determined by evaluation of two components of the project: a written paper, and an oral presentation, and must not be lower than 75.


Final grade

The final grade for the degree is calculated according to the following:

  • Average of courses grades*         55%
  • Average of seminars grades        30%
  • Final project                                15%

*each course is weighted according to its equivalent credit hours


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