BA/MA in Energy & Environment

The BA/MA program in Energy & Environment offered through the Department of Earth & Environment combines advanced undergraduate and graduate coursework to provide students with the foundational knowledge and advanced analytical skills to prepare them for professional opportunities in energy and environmental fields at a variety of organizations including government agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofits. The program provides qualified juniors and seniors an opportunity to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in one coherent program.

The program is open to students pursing the major in either Environmental Analysis & Policy (EAP) or Earth & Environmental Sciences (EES). The MA is awarded in Energy & Environment by the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS).

Students receive the BA and MA degrees simultaneously. Pursuing a second undergraduate major is allowed only by petition to the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences upon application to the BA/MA program. Courses taken for graduate credit must be taken at the 500 level or higher and completed with a grade of B− or above.

Requirements

Students in the Energy & Environment BA/MA program are required to complete a total of 38 courses (152 credits) while fulfilling all requirements for both the CAS BA and the GRS MA programs. Specific paths of completion will be determined by a student’s undergraduate program.

Environmental Analysis & Policy Majors

Environmental Analysis & Policy majors can count two courses toward both the BA and the MA requirements:

  1. GRS GE 620 Methods of Environmental Policy Analysis (which fulfills the CAS GE 420 requirement for the BA in EAP major)
  2. One additional 4-credit course from the approved list of coursework for the MA in Energy & Environment program. A course at the 400/600 level that fulfills both BA and MA requirements may count toward both programs, but it must be taken at the 600 level.

A complete list of requirements for the BA in Environmental Analysis & Policy can be found by visiting the BA in Environmental Analysis & Policy section of this Bulletin.

A complete list of requirements for the MA in Energy & Environment can be found by visiting the MA in Energy & Environment section of the GRS Bulletin.

Earth & Environmental Sciences Majors

Earth & Environmental Sciences majors can count two courses toward both the BA and the MA requirements:

  1. CAS GE 516 Multivariate Analysis for Geographers, which fulfills an upper-elective principal group requirement for students focusing on Earth Observations and a breadth requirement for students focusing on Ecosystems or Earth & Climate.
  2. One additional 4-credit course from the approved list of coursework for the MA in Energy & Environment program. A course at the 400/600 level that fulfills both BA and MA requirements may count toward both programs, but it must be taken at the 600 level. (Note: Students may, in consultation with their advisor, select courses beyond the approved list of elective courses in the MA in Energy & Environment program to count toward the MA.)

A complete list of requirements for the BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences can be found by visiting the BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences section of this Bulletin.

A complete list of requirements for the MA in Energy & Environment can be found by visiting the MA in Energy & Environment section of the GRS Bulletin.

Honors in the Major

In conjunction with the MA in Energy & Environment, students are also encouraged to complete departmental honors in the major requirements during their final year of study.

The requirements to graduate with honors in the major for Environmental Analysis & Policy can be found in the BA in Environmental Analysis & Policy section of this Bulletin.

The requirements to graduate with honors in the major for Earth & Environmental Sciences can be found in the BA in Earth & Environmental Sciences section of this Bulletin.

Application Information

For general BA/MA information for prospective students and application instructions, please refer to the BA/MA and BA/MS Programs section of this Bulletin.