Feb 20, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Urban Ecology, Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Arts (MA), Dual-degree Program


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Qualified undergraduate students may elect to enroll in a dual-degree program, combining their undergraduate bachelor of arts degree in urban ecology with a master of arts degree in urban ecology. The dual-degree program requires successful completion of a total of 148 s.h., including at least 115 s.h. at the undergraduate level and 33 s.h. at the graduate level. The dual-degree program can be completed in five years, including at least one summer session. Students who are admitted to the MA portion of the dual-degree program may apply the graduate courses BIOL 200, 224, and 256 toward both the BA and MA degree requirements. Depending on course offerings, other courses may be substituted with permission of the graduate advisor. These 9 s.h. will apply to the undergraduate degree in addition to the required 115 s.h. of undergraduate course work, for a total of 124 s.h. for the BA.

Direct admission to the dual-degree program (BA and MA)


Incoming first-year students may apply for direct admission to this dual-degree program. For those who choose to submit a standardized test score, a 1240 or better on the critical reading and mathematics sections of the SAT (or an ACT score of 25) is recommended.  Applicants must have an overall high school GPA of 3.5 (or be in the top 15 percent of their high school graduating class) in order to be considered for admission.  First-year students admitted directly to the dual-degree program will be admitted automatically to the MA program in urban ecology at the end of their junior year provided they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in biology courses at the time of application to the MA program, or upon completion of 92 s.h. of course work toward their BA degree in urban ecology.
  2. Successful completion of BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 120, one intermediate lab course (BIOL 126, BIOL 127, BIOL 128, or BIOL 129) and BIOL 142 by the end of the semester in which they apply for admission to the dual-degree program.

Admission to the dual-degree BA in Urban Ecology/MA in Urban Ecology for current Hofstra students


Qualified Hofstra students taking the BA major in urban ecology may apply for admission to the dual-degree program prior to completing 92 s.h. of undergraduate course work. Students applying to the dual-degree program should note that admission requires they fulfill the following requirements:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a GPA of 3.0 in biology courses at the time of application to the MA program, or upon completion of 92 s.h. of course work toward their BA degree in urban ecology;
  2. Successful completion of BIOL 112, BIOL 113, BIOL 120, one intermediate lab course (BIOL 126, BIOL 127, BIOL 128, or BIOL 129) and BIOL 142 by the semester in which they apply for admission to the dual-degree program.

All students admitted to the dual-degree BA in urban ecology/MA in urban ecology must complete a total of 148 s.h.: 33 s.h. of graduate work and 115 s.h. toward their undergraduate degree. Graduate courses BIOL 200, 224, and 256, taken in the senior year, are credited to both the BA and MA degree requirements. Depending on course offerings, other courses may be substituted with permission of the graduate advisor. Students accepted into the dual-degree program who have attained senior standing may begin taking graduate courses.

Undergraduate requirements for the BA Major in Urban Ecology


Students should apply to the department as soon as possible after making the decision to major in urban ecology. The department encourages interested students to speak with an urban ecology adviser before declaring a major. Advisers are assigned when the student applies for acceptance as a major. Grades in biology courses lower than a C- do not count toward the total number of semester hours required for the biology major.

  1. The complete requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, as specified in this Bulletin;
  2. The following undergraduate major requirements for the BA in urban ecology:

Undergraduate Program Requirements


The following courses are required for the degree:


All majors are required to take a comprehensive examination administered by the department in their senior year. 

Additional urban ecology courses:


At least 6 additional semester hours in urban ecology must be chosen from the following courses:

  • BIOL 157 - Ornithology Semester Hours: 4
  • BIOL 147 - Invertebrate Zoology Semester Hours: 4
  • BIOL 154 - Entomology Semester Hours: 4

The following courses are also required:


Chemistry—Semester Hours: 11


  • CHEM 003A - (NS) General Chemistry I Semester Hours: 3-4
  • CHEM 003B - (NS) General Chemistry Laboratory I Semester Hours: 1
  • CHEM 004A - (NS) General Chemistry II Semester Hours: 3
  • CHEM 004B - (NS) General Chemistry Laboratory II Semester Hours: 1
  • CHEM 185 - Environmental Chemistry Semester Hours: 3

Mathematics—Semester Hours: 4


Students are required to take one mathematics course chosen from:

  • MATH 050 - (MA) Precalculus Semester Hours: 4
  • MATH 071 - (MA) Analytic Geometry and Calculus I Semester Hours: 4

Students planning to pursue advanced degrees in urban ecology are urged to take MATH 71.

Geography—Semester Hours: 6


  • GEOG 102 - (BH) Population, Resources and Environment Semester Hours: 3
  • GEOG 106 - (BH, CC) Urbanization in the Developing World Semester Hours: 3

Geology—Semester Hours: 3


  • GEOL 005 - (NS) Environmental Geology Semester Hours: 3

Engineering


  • ENGG 110 - Project Management Semester Hours: 3

Technology and Public Policy—Semester Hours: 6


  • TPP 004 - (NS) Introduction to Forensic Science Semester Hours: 3
  • TPP 112 - Technology and Human Values Semester Hours: 3

or

  • PHI 133 - (HP) Ethics and the Natural Environment Semester Hours: 3

Sociology—Semester Hours: 3


  • SOC 141 - (BH) Urban America Semester Hours: 3

Requirements for the MA in Urban Ecology - Semester Hours: 33


Candidates must complete 33 semester hours of graduate biology courses numbered 200 or above. BIOL 200 , 224 , and 256 , or their approved substitutes, are required, and will be taken by dual-degree candidates in the final year of undergraduate study. Up to 9 s.h. of graduate courses may be taken in other related disciplines with permission of the graduate program director.  To complete their degree, students may choose either to take a comprehensive exam or to complete a written essay (Bio 303).   The exam will be based on selection of essay questions from each graduate course taken at Hofstra.  Questions will be submitted and graded by the faculty instructor of the relevant course.  The essay will be chosen by the student in consultation with an adviser and supervised by a Hofstra Biology faculty member and essay committee. A successful defense of the essay or ≥ 80 % score on a comprehensive exam are required for graduation. 

Graduate students are expected to receive a grade of B or better in their biology courses.

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