A feature of the Chemistry MS program is the 3+2 plan. This plan gives qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to simultaneously pursue both the Baccalaureate (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Talented students are thus quickly moved toward expanding their academic and scientific horizons based on individual student’s abilities and motivation.
Students in the 3+2 program are expected to successfully complete the requirements for both the BS and MS degree in five academic years. This is shorter than the typical six years that are necessary to complete BS and MS programs independently. Students must apply to the 3+2 program during the Spring semester of their junior year or the Fall semester of their senior year and meet the course requirements listed below. Students applying to the 3+2 program must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.25 GPA in their chemistry courses.
The application file for admission to the Chemistry MS 3+2 plan must include:
- A completed Chemistry MS application form;
- A CSU-Pueblo Transcript;
- Three letters of recommendation from CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
- Combined GRE scores above 300 (students may be admitted into the 3+2 program before taking the GRE; however, they must submit satisfactory GRE scores by the last day of finals at the end of their first semester in the 3+2 Chemistry MS program to remain in the program).
Chemistry 3+2 Plan (BS/MS)
One unique feature of the Chemistry MS program is the 3+2 plan, which is designed to give the opportunity to qualified advanced-level undergraduate students to simultaneously pursue both the Baccalaureate (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees. Talented students are thus quickly moved toward expanding their academic and scientific horizons based on an individual student’s abilities and motivation. Students are encouraged to enter the program as early as the fall of the junior year but not later than the fall of the senior year.
Specific requirements for the 3+2 program are included in the Chemistry MS description of the College of Science and Mathematics, undergraduate programs section of this catalog. Students must meet the requirements of both degrees.
Prior to being admitted to the Chemistry MS 3+2 plan, students must have completed or be in the process of taking the following courses:
|General Chemistry I|
and General Chemistry Lab I
|General Chemistry II|
and General Chemistry Lab II
|Organic Chemistry I|
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
|Organic Chemistry II|
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
and Inorganic Chemistry Lab
|Advanced Inorganic Chemistry|
|General Physics I|
and General Physics I Lab
|General Physics II|
and General Physics II Lab
|MATH 224||Calculus and Analytic Geometry II||5|
All other requirements, including core courses, for the 3+2 plan are the same as for the regular Chemistry MS program plan. Stacked courses taken by the 3+2 plan students as 400 level courses may be acceptable as electives to meet the minimum program course load requirements with the permission of the specific course instructor and Chemistry MS Program Director. It is expected that students take any 400/500 level courses at the 500 level once they are enrolled in the 3+2 program plan. Students admitted under the 3+2 plan may chose either the thesis or non-thesis (internship) program option.
Additional information about the Chemistry MS program and its requirements is found in the Graduate Programs in Natural Sciences section listed in the Graduate Programs section of the catalog.