Programs and Information
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers a wide range of undergraduate programs at all of the Indiana University campuses—Bloomington, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Northwest (Gary), South Bend, East (Richmond), and Southeast (New Albany). The undergraduate degrees are the Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs (B.S.P.A.), the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (B.S.P.H.), the Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management (B.S.H.S.M.), the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (B.S.C.J.), and, through a joint program with the College of Arts and Sciences, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science (B.S.E.S.). The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers the following associate degrees: Associate of Science in Criminal Justice (A.S.C.J.) and the Associate of Science in Public Affairs (A.S.P.A.). In addition, the undergraduate program includes minors and certificate programs. Not all degrees, minors, and certificates are offered at all campuses.
Information concerning these programs can be obtained by visiting our Web site at www.indiana.edu/~speaweb or from the following SPEA campus offices:
Southeast (New Albany)
Admission to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs on all campuses, except Bloomington, Indianapolis, and Fort Wayne, requires sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
SPEA Bloomington requires application to its undergraduate programs before a student reaches 75 credit hours. It is a competitive admission process. Students are required to complete one of the courses listed below with a minimum grade of C.
SPEA-E 162 Environment and People (3 cr.)
Students should apply for admission when they are enrolled in the preadmission course. Admission decisions are based on the grade in the above required course, the GPA, the cumulative GPA, and grade trends. A minimum cumulative GPA requirement for admission is established each semester.
Applications for the Bloomington programs are available in the SPEA Undergraduate Advising Office, SPEA 240 and on the Web at https://www.indiana.edu/~speaweb/undergradapp.html. Application deadlines are May 1 for fall admission and December 1 for spring admission.
SPEA Indianapolis has a special program to admit freshman students simultaneously to SPEA and to the University College. To be eligible for this dual admission, applicants must meet the general university and campus requirements for admission; have a minimum combined SAT (or equivalent) test score of 990 and be in the top quartile in their high school ranking.
Students who do not qualify for dual admission at Indianapolis or choose not to apply for freshman-level entry may be admitted to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs after they have completed 12 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00.
SPEA Fort Wayne admits university-accepted students directly into the pre-SPEA program. To be eligible for admission to SPEA degree programs, a student must have earned a 2.30 cumulative GPA and completed 30 credit hours, including C or higher in the math and computer science requirement, ENG-W 131, SPEA-J 101, and SPEA-V 170. Transfer students and those who wish to change their major to a SPEA degree program are accepted into the pre-SPEA program until these prerequisites are met.
Students admitted to the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at any campus of Indiana University may transfer permanently to SPEA on another campus, provided they meet the requirements for admission and good academic standing at the desired campus. Students wanting a temporary intercampus transfer need only meet the good academic standing requirements.
The following academic policies of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are applicable to all SPEA undergraduate programs regardless of the campus where they are offered. Additional policies at individual campuses may also apply to SPEA students.
The following grades carry no points: I (Incomplete—an Incomplete will change to an F if the work is not completed within the time period specified by the instructor [an instructor can specify any period of time up to one year]), NR (No Grade Reported), P (Pass), R (Deferred), S (Satisfactory), W (Withdrawal—check the current Enrollment and Student Academic Information Handbook for deadlines). On the Bloomington campus, any SPEA undergraduate student may retake a course for which he/she received a grade below an A during the first 45 hours of course work. Students may exercise this option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credits and may use this option only once for a given course.
The Indianapolis campus has an expanded policy in regards to computing the cumulative GPA. A student may replace any grade in a course by retaking it a second time. Both courses must have been taken since fall of 1996 at IUPUI. Students may replace 5 grades for a total of 15 credit hours.
The student’s transcript shall record both grades. For the course retaken, only the second grade shall be counted in the determination of the student’s grade point average (GPA).
Good Academic Standing
Students who fail to return to good standing at the conclusion of critical probation may be dismissed from the school.
Student Rights and Responsibilities
Sex Offenders Screening Policy for Students/Applicants
Other Policies Concerning Degree Requirements
Grade Point Average Requirement
As a joint degree from the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Public Affairs, the B.S. in Environmental Science requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) to graduate. All courses taken to satisfy major requirements must be completed with a C or higher and with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C) for all courses taken in the major.
For students seeking certificates or minors from SPEA, the minimum GPA requirement is 2.00 in all applicable course work.
Application for Degree
Degrees Awarded with Distinction
Requirements for a Second Bachelor's Degree
With prior approval, a student may take three courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours, by independent study through the School of Continuing Studies. Under no circumstances may a student satisfy a core or major/ concentration requirement by independent study.
With SPEA faculty approval, a student in good standing may earn a maximum of 9 credit hours through the SPEA internship program. Fort Wayne limits the internship to 12 credit hours: 6 credit hours within the concentration/ major electives and an additional 6 credit hours that can count for general electives.
SPEA students may choose to pursue a minor from another school, department, or within SPEA in an area other than their degree or major/concentration. Students interested in a minor should contact that department for additional information.
Sophomores and juniors who have completed at least 45 credit hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher may apply for the Honors Program. The primary requirements are that a student maintain the 3.50 GPA, successfully complete designated honors courses, and write a senior thesis. Students may propose a unique course of study in consultation with the SPEA honors advisor.
The Accelerated Master’s Program (A.M.P.) is a competitive program for outstanding SPEA students. Students may apply to the Master of Public Affairs (M.P.A.), the Master of Health Administration (M.H.A.) or the Master of Science in Environmental Science (M.S.E.S.) early in their junior year.
Participation in this program allows the student to fulfill some graduate program requirements during the senior year. Graduate courses count for both graduate and undergraduate degree requirements. Before starting the graduate program, students must have satisfied all general education requirements with a minimum of 96 credit hours completed toward their bachelor’s degree (90 credit hours for students seeking the M.H.A. degree). For additional information, students should contact the appropriate program director.
SPEA offers several opportunities to study abroad for credit:
All these programs are taught in English, and the IU credit obtained costs the same as it would if you remained on campus. Financial aid that you have obtained for your studies is normally applied to these overseas experiences. Experience has taught us that studying abroad does not adversely affect your GPA, increase your cost of study, or delay your graduation, even though many people seem to think one or all of these things will happen.
Our purpose in creating these study abroad opportunities is to provide you with a unique chance to broaden your horizons, help you prepare yourself for a world that is becoming much more international and global, and allow you to challenge yourself by facing something new. Of course, there are opportunities to travel and socialize as well as study—and that is all part of the educational experience. More than 200 SPEA students have benefited from this opportunity. There are many programs from which to choose, and students are advised to make use of the overseas study resource center on the third floor of Franklin Hall.
The School of Public and Environmental Affairs offers the Washington Leadership Program each fall and spring semester in Washington, D.C. Junior and senior undergraduate students from all majors at all campuses are eligible to apply. This program consists of two senior-level seminars (each worth 3 credit hours) and an internship (worth 5 or 6 credit hours). Students complete internships by working four days per week in an assigned congressional/senate office, trade association, federal agency, or a health, environmental, or nonprofit organization.
Housing is arranged in nearby Falls Church, Virginia. Tuition is based on the regular fees for Indiana University. Students in the program remain eligible for any scholarships or financial aid they would normally receive as Indiana University students. Interested regional campus students should contact the SPEA program director or undergraduate advisor. In Bloomington, students should contact the SPEA Career Services & Alumni Affairs office. Further information can be obtained by visiting the Washington Leadership Program Web site: www.indiana.edu/~speacare/leadership.html.
The Indiana Leadership Program is another way for students to earn 6 academic internship credits while residing in Indianapolis. This program, available each spring semester, consists of an internship, seminar, and associated assignments. Students complete the internship by working 24 hours per week in a local or state government agency.
Students can maintain full-time status by taking 6 additional credit hours. Participants in this program remain eligible for the scholarships or financial aid they would normally receive as students. For more information on this program, contact SPEA-IUPUI Student Services at (317) 274-4656
Graduates of Indiana Law Enforcement Academies (for full-time sworn officers) are eligible for 12 undergraduate credit hours from SPEA. After admission to IUPUI, Academy graduates should contact SPEA Student Services ( 274-4656) or their faculty advisor for credit for SPEA-J 320, SPEA-J 301, and 6 credit hours of SPEA-J 380. Once graduation from the Academy with a 77 percent score or better has been confirmed by SPEA, there is no charge for this credit as long as students take one additional SPEA class after application for the credit. These 12 credit hours all count toward the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in SPEA.
Firefighters who graduate from the Indianapolis Fire Department Academy (and possibly other departmental academies) are eligible for 9 undergraduate credit hours from SPEA. After admission to IUPUI, IFD Academy graduates should contact SPEA student services or their faculty advisor for credit for SPEA-J 376, SPEA-V 375, and SPEA-V 380. Once graduation from the Academy with a 77 percent score or better has been confirmed by SPEA, there is no charge for this credit as long as students take at least one additional regular course from IUPUI after application for this credit. These 9 credit hours all count toward the various SPEA undergraduate degrees. If these credits are combined with other special credits available to students of fire science, firefighters are well on their way toward a Bachelor of Science in one of several SPEA degree programs.
For further information, contact the SPEA-IUPUI Recorder at (317) 274-4656.