College Science Scholars

College Science Scholars is an enrichment program for exceptional students overseen by the chairs of the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology.

Program Description

Unlike the situation found at most large research universities, the program is designed to give each student individual attention and close interaction with research faculty. Scholars have a senior faculty member serving as their advisor-mentor from the very beginning of their program of study. All participants have the opportunity to become a member of a research lab or group as early as the first semester so that advanced research experience can begin quickly.

During the first year, all scholars enroll in the CSS seminar, HSCI 1010 (fall) and HSCI 1020 (spring), where they meet internationally-renowned science faculty from each of the participating departments, hear talks on issues in the forefront of science, and visit research laboratories, etc.

Students in their second year continue to participate in the program with more intimate involvement with CSS directors and science faculty, by attending informal talks and lab demonstrations, and having additional exposure to research resources. See the CSS Program web site for more details.

Choosing a Major

College Science Scholars usually choose a traditional major in a department. However, the program also encourages multidisciplinary education. For example, students may follow interdisciplinary tracks, majoring in topics such as Biophysics, Biochemistry, Astrophysics, and Neuroscience.


There is no application form; students are selected based on information contained in their applications for admission.

Admission to 5th-Year Masters Program

Scholars in good standing (e.g., GPA 3.400 or higher) within their host department are guaranteed admission into a 5th-year masters degree science program in those disciplines where the degree is available, including Masters in Engineering or Education.