Accelerated BS to MS in Applied Geospatial Science Program Policy

Please see the Graduate College’s Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program webpage and official Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Policy for information pertaining to all Accelerated Programs.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated BA/BS to MS in Applied Geospatial Science program plan must be pursuing a BA in Geography, a BS in Environmental Science, or a BA/BS in Geology and must complete the following application requirements:  

1.      By the start of the student’s Accelerated status, they must have either:

- 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2[1], or

- 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0;

2.      A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;

3.      Official transcripts from all universities attended;

4.      At least two letters of recommendation from full-time BGSU faculty members, preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s in Applied Geospatial Science Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated Applied Geospatial Science Program should follow the following course schedule for planning out graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the Applied Geospatial Science Master’s program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format, it is strongly recommended that students choose the Plan II option (non-thesis).  Students who choose the thesis option should expect the completion of their master’s degree program to take longer than an additional extra (5th) year. 

Undergraduate Accelerated Status (limited to 9 credits maximum)

Courses that may be taken while an undergraduate student with Undergraduate Accelerated Status that will overlap between the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees:

Bachelor of Arts in Geography

·         SEES 5100. Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

·         GEOG 5250. Applied GIS Human Dimensions (3 credit hours)

·         Any GEOG or SEES 5000 or 6000 level course.  Recommend: SEES 5500. Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Specialization in Human Dimensions of Climate Change

·         SEES 5100. Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

·         GEOG 5530. Geography of Health and Climate Change (3 credit hours)

·         Any GEOG or SEES 5000 or 6000 level course.  Recommend: SEES 5500. Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Geography – Specialization in Geographic Information Systems

·         SEES 5100. Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

·         SEES 5500. Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

·         GEOG 5250. Applied GIS Human Dimensions (3 credit hours)

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science – Specialization in Geospatial Analysis

·         SEES 5100. Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

·         SEES 5500. Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

·         GEOG 5250. Applied GIS Human Dimensions (3 credit hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Geology (students can take up to 9 credit hours from the following list)

·         SEES 5100. Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

·         SEES 5500. Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

·         GEOL 6930. Advanced Field Geology (6 credit hours)

Bachelor of Science in Geology (students can take up to 9 credit hours from the following list)

·         SEES 5100. Geographic Information Systems (3 credit hours)

·         SEES 5500. Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

·         GEOL 6930. Advanced Field Geology (6 credit hours)

Graduate Accelerated Status

Courses to be taken once the bachelor’s degree has been completed and the student is fully enrolled as a graduate student in the Applied Geospatial Science master’s program:

·         Any courses not taken in the list above while in Undergraduate Accelerated Status

·         Courses from the Geospatial Core Electives (4 courses required)

           ENVS 5130 Applications in Environmental GIS (3 credit hours)

           GEOG 5250 Applied GIS Human Dimensions (3 credit hours)

           GEOL 6930 Advanced Field Geology (6 credit hours)

           SEES 6800/6810 Seminar in SEES – MSAGS approved topic (3 credit hours)

           SEES 6400 Environmental Remote Sensing (3 credit hours)

           SEES 6600 Spatial Modeling (3 credit hours)

           SEES 6620 GIS Techniques and Applications (3 credit hours)

·         Additional selections from the Geospatial Core Electives or other courses approved by the Graduate Coordinator (6-9 hours)

·         SEES 6900 or SEES 6890 (3 hours)

 

Capstone Experience:

            Choose ONE:

Plan I: 

SEES 6990 Thesis

OR

Plan II:

SEES 6900 Directed Research or SEES 6890 Internship
               AND Comprehensive Examination

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).