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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Urban Ecology, BS Major in

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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 about this major 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 specialization.

Program Requirements

Candidates for graduation must successfully complete the following requirements:

1. Total Semester Hours: At Least 124

The successful completion of at least 124 semester hours and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in work completed at Hofstra. Military Science 001C , 001E , 002C , 002E  and associated leadership laboratories may not be counted toward this total semester hour requirement.

2. Liberal Arts

At least 59 semester hours must be completed in liberal arts courses outside the Biology Department.

3. Residency Requirement

There are two requirements that must ordinarily be completed in residence at Hofstra: 20 semester hours in the major and the last 30 semester hours. The 20 semester hours need not be included within the last 30 hours.

4. General Requirements

  • WSC 001  and WSC 002  or placement examination (see “University Degree Requirements ”).
  • Distribution Course Requirement (See the listing of Distribution Courses  for more information.):
    • Six (6) semester hours in humanities chosen from at least two of the following categories: Literature (LT), Appreciation and Analysis (AA), and Creative Participation (CP)
    • Six (6) semester hours in social science: 3 semester hours in behavioral social sciences and 3 hours in history and philosophy.
    • NOTE: Students who matriculate at Hofstra with advanced standing must complete at least 3 semester hours in humanities distribution courses and 3 semester hours in social science distribution courses in residence. In no case may distribution course requirements be taken elsewhere after matriculation at Hofstra.

5. Cumulative Grade Point Average

After completion of the freshman year and each subsequent semester, all BS program majors must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and a grade point average of 3.0 or better in all urban ecology courses to remain in the BS program. If a student does not maintain the proper cumulative grade point average, he/she will be placed on a one-semester probation. If at the end of the probationary semester, his/her grade point average does not meet the requirement, the student’s major will be changed from the BS major in urban ecology to the BA major in urban ecology . Students should be aware that this change in major will change urban ecology and distribution course requirements for graduation.

6. The fulfillment of the following major and additional requirements:


These courses are recommended, and may substitute for other courses under advisement.


The Urban Ecology program is flexible by design. The built-in flexibility allows students to take the complement of courses that will best meet the requirements of the urban ecology sub-discipline that they wish to pursue. Careful planning with the Urban Ecology adviser is strongly recommended to maximize the quality of the Urban Ecology degree.

Complete BS Requirements

BS Requirements  in Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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