You will need to complete courses in social science, natural science, and statistics before you start MES.
You may apply to MES before completing all prerequisites. These courses must be completed within the five years prior to starting MES.
- Four (4) quarter hour or three (3) semester hour credits are required for each discipline below. Coursework may be lower or upper division.
- A 2.0 GPA or satisfactory narrative evaluation is required.
General statistics courses or research methods courses that include a significant statistics component should fulfill this requirement. Course content must include elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, including basic probability, binomial and/or normal distributions, null hypothesis testing and p-values, and some specific tests (e.g. t-test, chi-square test, regression).
In order to achieve a high level of success in MES we recommend taking a live statistics course (not online).
Social sciences might include economics, sociology, political science, anthropology and human geography.
Natural sciences might include biology, ecology, geology, botany and chemistry.
How to Meet Your Prerequisites
If admitted, you will need to provide proof of completion before you start the degree. Your application will look stronger if all prerequisites are completed or in progress at the time of application.
If you are missing any prerequisites, check out a community college or other regionally-accredited institution near you (or online). Most colleges allow you to take some credits without being admitted to a degree program. See below for a list of specific upcoming Evergreen programs that are accepted as prerequisites.
Professional experience may substitute for specific prerequisites. If you need a prerequisite waived, we suggest you add a page to your personal statement explaining why you are requesting a waiver.
If you aren’t sure if you've met a specific prerequisite, please contact us.
Finish Your Prerequisites at Evergreen
You can take up to 8 credits at Evergreen without applying for undergraduate admission. The programs listed below will be accepted as MES prerequisites. Find out more about enrolling as a “special” student.
- Statistics 1(B) (4 credits)
- Statistics 1(A) (4 credits)
- Statistics 1 (4 credits)
- Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions (4, 8, 12 or 16 credit options)
- Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Inorganic Chemistry (4 and 8 credit options)
- Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Quantum Mechanics (4 credits)
- General Chemistry with Lab (6 credits)
- Precalculus Models in Physics (8 credits)
- Physics: Energy (4 credits)
- Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Quantum Mechanics (8 credits)
- Atoms, Molecules, and Reactions: Thermodynamics (4 and 8 credit options)
- Physics: Momentum (4 credits)
- Physics: Oscillations (4 credits)
Grays Harbor Campus
- Community Connections-Sustainable Development (8 credits)
- Environmental Sociology: Nature, Society, and Equity (4 credits)
- The Prison Industrial Complex: Explorations in Social Psychology and Writing (8 credits)
- This is what (Social) Democracy Looks Like! (8 credits)
- Poverty: What, Why, and How (8 credits)
- The Price of Inequality: Politics, Economics, and Policy (8 credits)
- History of Agriculture in Washington State (4 credits)
- Health vs. Wealth (4 credits)
- City Parks and Politics: An Introduction (8 credits)
- Political Economy of Washington State (1970 to Present) (4 credits)
- Decolonizing in an Era of Climate Change Denial (8 credits)
If you have been admitted to MES and are required to take more than 6 credits of prerequisites, you may be eligible for financial aid. Contact Financial Aid for more information. Here is a list of other resources for meeting the prerequisites.