Jun 18, 2024  

Earth Sciences (Accelerated B.A./M.S.)

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This program allows outstanding undergraduate students to begin the coursework for the Master of Science in Earth Sciences during their senior year.  Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.A./M.S. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Earth Sciences. 

Working with the undergraduate and graduate coordinators, those selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study that will allow them to complete their B.A. degree requirements while also beginning the coursework for their M.S.


To apply, students must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, be within 30 credit hours of completing their undergraduate degree program, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Earth Sciences. Each applicant will complete an interview with the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate Committee representative in their specific discipline in Earth Sciences.  An Earth Sciences faculty member will offer an invitation to the applicant to complete the ABM program in Earth Sciences if the student’s application meets the department expectations.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for the accelerated B.A./M.S. program, which allows them to take graduate courses in Earth Sciences for credit. To continue in the program past the B.A., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Department of Earth Sciences M.S. program.

Only in ABM programs, up to 12 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs. However, graduate coursework will not apply to undergraduate GPA.

Typical 5-Year Sequence for Earth Sciences ABM


All concentrations share the Typical 5th Year courses and requirements.

Total Undergraduate Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement.

Geoarchaeology Concentration

Geography Concentration

Geology Concentration

Typical 5th Year (Graduate Program)

First Semester

  • 7000-level elective (3)
  • 7000-level elective (3)
  • Graduate Seminar (3)
  • ESCI 7621 (2)

Semester Total: 11 hrs


Second Semester

  • 7000-level elective
  • ESCI 7996 (Thesis) (6)

Semester Total: 9 hrs

Total Graduate Hours Required for Graduation:  (32 hrs) (includes 12 hrs from Senior year plus 20 hrs from 5th year)

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