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Accelerated BS/MS in Environmental Science

The Accelerated BS/MS in Environmental Science is designed for academically qualified students who are advanced in the environmental science major, typically arriving with advanced placement credit in math and/or science. Although BS ENVS majors may choose between the Math Analysis sequence and Calculus sequence, BS/MS students are required to complete the Calculus sequence as well as a year of physics (built into the undergraduate major). Requirements for the graduate portion of the program are the same as for the MS in Environmental Science.

Eligibility

Exceptional students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and who are enrolled in the five-year co-op option are eligible for the BS/MS program. Students formally apply to the program after they have completed 90 credits but before they have completed 120 credits. Students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the program as early as their freshman year. Students who have more than 120 credits are not eligible.

Application Process

Prior to applying to the program, students are advised to meet with the respective adviser(s) in the department.  The application must be accompanied by a Plan of Study prepared in consultation with the undergraduate and graduate advisor in the department. Applicants are then reviewed and formally interviewed by the Graduate Committee.

Requirements

Students enrolled in the Accelerated BS/MS in Environmental Science must complete 180 undergraduate quarter credits for the bachelor’s degree and at least 45 graduate quarter credits for the master’s degree. All undergraduate and graduate course requirements must be satisfied in full, including producing a thesis (if the thesis-option master's program is elected) no later than the Spring Quarter of the final year. Students in the BS/MS program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate and graduate coursework to remain in the program.

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