Biochemistry 3+2 Plan (BS/MS)
A feature of the Biochemistry 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.
Specific requirements for the 3+2 program are included in the Biochemistry MS description of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, undergraduate programs section of this catalog. 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.
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 and biology courses.
The application file for admission to the Biochemistry MS 3+2 plan must include:
- A completed Biochemistry 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 Biochemistry MS program to remain in the program).
Prior to being admitted to the Biochemistry 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
and GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY LAB
|BIOL 351||MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS||2|
|MATH 224||CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY II||5|
|or MATH 156||INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS|
|Select one of the following:||4-5|
|PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II|
and PRINCIPLES OF PHYSICS II LAB
|GENERAL PHYSICS II|
and GENERAL PHYSICS II LAB
All other requirements, including core courses, for the 3+2 plan are the same as for the regular Biochemistry 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 Biochemistry 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.