BA/MS 3+2 Program

The BA/MS 3+2 program offered through the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) offers Bard undergraduate students a direct path to a career in environmental policy or sustainability five years after entering college, at roughly the same prices as a Bard BA degree. Degrees options include a BA/MS in environmental policy or a BA/MS in climate science and policy. Students in the BA/MS 3+2 program spend their first three years at Bard completing the requirements for the major of their choosing. They then matriculate into the CEP graduate program their fourth year at Bard and complete both the BA and MS requirements in their final two years. The following CEP course(s) are open to BA/MS candidates and others as space allows. For more information on the BA/MS 3+2 options, please email .



EUS 203


Susan Winchell-Sweeney

      F 9:30am – 12:00pm




2 credits   (Core Course) This course is designed to provide undergraduate students with a comprehensive review of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote sensing technologies as they are used in a variety of social and environmental science applications. Through a mixture of lectures, readings, and hands-on exercises, students will acquire an understanding of the structure of spatial data and databases, basic cartographic principles and data visualization techniques, how to conduct spatial analysis and methods for developing sound GIS project design and management practices. Upon completing this class, students will:

·              Understand the fundamental concepts of geographic information systems and their relationship with other information management systems.

·              Gain familiarity with GIS software for conducting basic GIS analyses and producing cartographic products.

·              Conduct studies typically carried out in GIS including site selection, analysis of spatial/temporal processes, assess environmental/urban impacts

Prerequisites:  Preference will be given to moderated students. Class size: 10



EUS 307

 Environmental Policy II

Monique Segarra

  T  Th 1:30pm – 3:00pm




This course analyzes the dynamic and complex relationship among various factors—legal, political, cultural, and ethical—that influence the environmental policy-making process. It uses a case-study approach to introduce students to the core concepts of environmental policy making and environmental policy cycles that include defining the environmental problem, setting the environmental agenda, and presenting and implementing policy solutions. Students examine state and social responses to new and ongoing environmental problems. In the United States context, this includes taking into account the nature of state-federal relationships in developing and applying the environmental law, as well as the evolving role of technology, tensions between private and public interests, and equity considerations. In addition to U.S. environmental policy, the course explores international environmental regime development, conflict resolution, and transboundary citizen networks that influence global environmental decision making. Open to moderated students. Class size: 15