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2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2012-2013 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Urban Ecology, Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts, Dual-Degree


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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 M.A. portion of the dual-degree program may apply the graduate courses BIO 200, 201, and 275 toward both the B.A. and M.A. degree requirements. 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 B.A.

Direct admission to the dual-degree program (B.A. and M.A.)


Incoming first-year students may apply for direct admission to this dual-degree program. Applicants must have a combined SAT score (in critical reading and mathematics) of 1170 (or an ACT score of 25) and 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 M.A. 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 M.A. program, or upon completion of 92 s.h. of course work toward their B.A. degree in urban ecology;
  2. Successful completion of BIO 011 , 012 , 013 , 014 , 015  and 020  by the end of the semester in which they apply for admission to the dual-degree program.

Admission to the dual-degree B.A. in Urban Ecology/M.A. in Urban Ecology for current Hofstra students


Qualified Hofstra students taking the B.A. 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 M.A. program, or upon completion of 92 s.h. of course work toward their B.A. degree in urban ecology;
  2. Successful completion of BIO 011 , 012 , 013 , 014 , 015 , and 020  by the semester in which they apply for admission to the dual-degree program.

All students admitted to the dual-degree B.A. in urban ecology/M.A. 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 BIO 200, 201, and 275, taken in the senior year, are credited to both the B.A. and M.A. degree requirements.

Students accepted into the dual-degree program who have attained senior standing may begin taking graduate courses.

Undergraduate requirements for the B.A. 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 B.A. in urban ecology:

Undergraduate Program Requirements



The following courses are required for the degree:


Additional urban ecology courses:


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

The following courses are also required:


Mathematics—Semester Hours: 4


 Students are required to take one mathematics course chosen from:

Geology—Semester Hours: 3


Engineering


Technology and Public Policy—Semester Hours: 6


Sociology—Semester Hours: 3


Requirements for the M.A. in Urban Ecology:—33 Semester Hours


All students should meet with the Graduate Program Director at least once each semester. BIO 200, 201 and 275 are required, and will be taken by dual-degree candidates in the final year of undergraduate study. BIO 303, and an additional 21 s.h. of graduate course work are required. Of the total required 33 s.h. for the M.A., 27 s.h. must be in biology; the remaining 6 s.h. may be taken in biology or, with the graduate program director’s permission, in other related disciplines. BIO 203 is recommended.

Dual-degree candidates must complete a total of 148 s.h.: 33 s.h. of graduate work and 115 s.h. toward their undergraduate degree. BIO 200, 201, and 275 are credited to both the BA and MA degree requirements.  

Graduate students must receive a grade of B or better in their biology courses.

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