Bard College Catalogue

The Bard College Catalogue contains detailed descriptions of the College's undergraduate programs and courses, curriculum, admission and financial aid procedures, student activities and services, history, campus facilities, affiliated institutions including graduate programs, and faculty and administration.

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Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Bard College Catalogue 2013-14

Professional Education

The following programs provide preprofessional advising and curricula for undergraduates preparing for postgraduate study or employment. Additionally, Bard offers several early admission plans, combined study plans, and joint-degree options to qualified students who wish to pursue particular professional careers.

Professional Preparation

Prelaw Undergraduate Program  Admission to law school is governed by the student’s college record, including the grade point average and letters of recommendation. In addition, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is required and is a large factor in admission decisions. No standard prescribed curriculum of undergraduate study specifically prepares students for a law career or is required by law schools, although most consider a broad liberal arts program desirable. For further information, contact the Career Development Office or Roger Berkowitz, the prelaw adviser. Interested students can subscribe to the PreLaw Listserv by composing an e-mail message addressed to

Premedical Undergraduate Program AAdmission to medical school is governed by several ­factors: the ­college record, results of the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), recommendations, and an interview. Most important, however, is the grade point average. Students accepted to medical schools in recent years had a nationwide average GPA of 3.5 to 3.6. Early preparation and planning are important in order to do well on the MCAT and to fulfill health professional school requirements. Minimum requirements are ­intro­ductory chemistry, organic chemistry, and one year each of physics, mathematics, biology, and English. Early in their academic careers, interested students should ­discuss their plans with the health professions adviser.

Professional Options: Joint-Degree Programs

The professional option allows exceptionally qualified students to combine undergraduate study at Bard with graduate or professional work in an approved participating program and, through the option, to qualify for a Bard B.A. degree and a degree from the other program. Students wishing to apply to a joint professional degree program must first receive permission from the dean of studies. Those accepted into a participating program complete three or four years of study at Bard (according to the terms of the program) and then do further work at the other institution. To qualify for the Bard B.A., students must successfully complete their distribution requirements at Bard and the degree require­ments of the other institution; students who are not at Bard for their senior year are exempt from the Senior Project. 

Economic Theory and Policy  In 2013, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College established a master’s degree program in economic theory and policy. Through a 3+2 option, qualified students in economics and related fields may proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study to the two-year graduate program, which draws on the expertise of Levy Institute scholars and select Bard College faculty. Students earn a liberal arts degree (B.A.) and a professional degree (M.S.) after completion of the joint-degree program. Interested Bard students should apply in their junior year. Completion of Bard distribution requirements, successful Moderation into a program of study, and approval from the undergraduate adviser are required to qualify.

Qualified non-Bard undergraduates wishing to take advantage of the 3+2 option may transfer into the program prior to their junior year. Students who have received an undergraduate degree from another institution may apply directly to the master’s degree program. For more information on the Levy Economics Institute Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy, including program requirements, faculty, and scholarships, visit or contact

Engineering  In affiliation with the schools of engineering at Columbia University and Dartmouth College, Bard offers several programs of study leading to a degree in engineering. Under the 3+2 program, a student transfers to the school of engineering at the end of the junior year at Bard and, upon completing that two-year program, qualifies for both a B.A. from Bard and a B.S. or B.E. from the other school. A Senior Project is not required for the 3+2 program. In addition to the 3+2 B.A./B.S. program, Columbia offers two 4+2 programs, in which the student completes the entire four-year program at Bard and is awarded a B.A. (rendering the student ineligible for federal financial assistance). After two years at Columbia, the student qualifies for either a B.S. or M.S. degree from Columbia. Dartmouth also offers a 2+1+1+1 B.A./B.E. program (two years at Bard, one at Dartmouth, one at Bard, and one at Dartmouth), in which the student spends the senior year at Bard and therefore does a Senior Project.

Admission to the Columbia B.A./B.S. program is guaranteed, contingent upon fulfillment of Bard major and distribution requirements; completion of courses required by Columbia with grades of B or higher in each course; achievement of a grade point average of 3.3 or higher in these required courses and overall; and faculty recommendations. Admission to the Dartmouth program is competitive and contingent upon fulfillment of Bard major and distribution requirements and certain foundational courses. Financial aid is not offered in the first year at Dartmouth. Interested students should consult Simeen Sattar, the pre-engineering adviser, early in their Bard careers.

Environmental Policy / Climate Science and Policy  The Bard Center for Environmental Policy (CEP) offers master of science degree programs for the aspiring environmental leader. The Center offers qualified Bard undergraduates a 3+2 option that allows them to proceed directly from three years of undergraduate study at Bard to a two-year master’s degree in either environmental policy or climate science and policy. The graduate program includes a full-time professional internship designed to facilitate entry into the job market. Graduates of the 3+2 program receive a B.A. and an M.S. from Bard in five years. Interested students should consult with the dean of studies and the Bard CEP Admission Office early in their career. For more information, visit

Forestry and Environmental Studies  Bard offers a 3+2 program with the master’s degree programs in forestry and environmental management at Duke University. To plan appropriate course work for the program, interested students should consult with William Maple of the Biology Program early in their Bard careers.

Teaching  The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program at Bard offers undergraduates a five-year combined program leading to the bachelor of arts and master of arts in teaching degrees. Bard students who wish to enter the program upon ­completion of the bachelor’s degree, through a preferred admission process, should notify their advisers by November 1 of the sophomore year. To plan appropriate course work, students should contact Cecilia Maple, MAT director of admission.