BA/MS for JHU GECS Majors
BA/MS Option for Johns Hopkins University GECS Majors
Undergraduates majoring in Global Environmental Change and Sustainability (GECS) may apply for accelerated status towards an MS in Environmental Science and Policy (ESP). These students should declare their intention to pursue the MS during their junior or early in their senior year of undergraduate study by emailing the undergraduate GECS Director, Dr. Rebecca Kelly. GECS students may apply up to three courses taken as undergraduates towards the MS in Environmental Science and Policy thereby leaving only seven more courses to complete the MS following receipt of their BA.
GECS students may apply for the BA/MS anytime during the senior year or up to one year following conferral of their BA. The application procedure is the same as that of other AAP applicants and details are found online at the AAP Admissions page. Questions regarding courses in this program or the AAP application process can be directed to Dr. Jerry L. Burgess. Students admitted to the BA/MS program will be assigned a graduate advisor, but will continue to be advised by their GECS advisor for all matters concerning the BA degree.
Course Requirements for BA/MS
GECS students will receive two separate degrees and so the requirements of both degrees must be fulfilled. Students may not earn the MS degree without completion of the BA, however, students who do not complete the MS retain their BA. GECS BA/MS students must complete all the requirements of the MS in ESP and may opt for either the general ESP degree or a concentration. Up to three courses completed while an undergraduate can count towards the ten courses required for the MS. Specifically, up to two of the following courses can be used to satisfy the corresponding core course requirements for the MS in Environmental Science and Policy:
- 270.224 Oceans and Atmospheres may substitute for 420.608 Oceanic and Atmospheric Processes
- 270.308 Population and Community Ecology may substitute for 420.611 Principles and Methods of Ecology
- 270.403 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis may substitute for 420.614 Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis
(Note that the Environmental Policymaking and Policy Analysis course will be a combined GECS undergraduate and ESP masters class.)
If a student wishes to apply a third course to both their GECS BA and their ESP MS, the course must be approved by the graduate advisor and must be at the 300- or 600-level with content germane to environmental science and policy.
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