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Joint Undergraduate-Master's Program (BS/MS) in Geoscience

JUMP (Joint Undergraduate-Master's Program) in Geoscience (BS/MS)


The Department of Geography and Geology offers a 5-year JUMP (Joint Undergraduate-Master's Program) to highly motivated and qualified students.  In this five-year course of study, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology, Geography, Geology, or GIS (Geographic Information Science) and a Master's Degree in Geoscience. JUMP students take undergraduate coursework that is applied to the B.S. degree and graduate coursework that can be applied to both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.  This program provides highly motivated and qualified students with an excellent opportunity for accelerated study.


Eligibility. To be eligible to apply, students:

• Must have completed or be currently enrolled in at least 21 credit hours of Colonnade Foundation and Exploration coursework, including appropriate foundation coursework in the major (i.e., GEOL 111/112/113/114 for the Geology Major; GEOG 110 and 121 for the Meteorology Major; GEOG 103 and 110 for the Geography and GIS majors), or the equivalent of these classes.

• Should have at least a 3.0 GPA overall and at least a 3.2 GPA in the selected Geoscience major.

Admission is competitive and a limited number of applicants will be accepted.



Ideally students will apply after the completion of 45 hours but before the completion of 60 hours of undergraduate credit. Students must submit:

The Statement of Intent

JUMP Application Form

• One letter of recommendation

All application materials should be submitted to Dr. David Keeling (david.keeling@wku.edu). For more information, please contact the Department Head in Geography and Geology or your program adviser.

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 Last Modified 10/12/18