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Biochemistry 3+2 PLAN (BSMS)

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. 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:

1.A completed Biochemistry MS application form;
2.     A CSU-Pueblo Transcript;
3.     Two letters of recommendation from CSU-Pueblo faculty; and
4.     Combined GRE scores above 1000 (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:


CHEM    121/L General Chemistry I + Lab
CHEM    122/L  General Chemistry II + Lab
CHEM    301/L   Organic Chemistry I + Lab
CHEM    302/L  Organic Chemistry II + Lab
BIOL       301/L General Microbiology + Lab
BOL        351     Molecular Biology and Genetics
MATH     224  Calculus & Analytical Geometry II
MATH     156  Introduction to Statistics
PHYS     202/L   Principles of Physics II + Lab
PHYS     222/L   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. Dual-listed 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.​

Additional information about the Biochemistry MS program and its requirements is found in the Graduate Programs in Natural Sciences section listed in the Graduate Programs in Natural Sciences section listed in the Graduate Programs section of the catalog.​​

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