Requirements for Degree Completion
The College of Sciences and Health Professions awards degrees to students who meet the following general requirements:
- Successful completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, of which 42 semester credit hours must be earned in 300- and/or 400-level courses. Credit toward the degree must be earned in courses acceptable to the departments and curricula of the College of Sciences and Health Professions, which includes those courses included in official articulation agreements and other courses taken through accredited institutions.
- All students must successfully complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours. However, some degree programs may require more than the minimum. Students must comply with the requirements of their major program.
- All students must successfully complete a minimum of 42 semester credit hours at the 300- and/or 400-level. Some degree programs, however, may require more than the college minimum.
- Fulfillment of all of the General Education Requirements of the university and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 as set forth in the section on University Regulations. Students must also achieve a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 in a major program in the College of Sciences and Health Professions. (Note: A minimum grade-point average higher than 2.00 may be required by a department. Students must meet the requirements as specified by their major department.)
Accelerated 4+1 Programs
High-achieving undergraduates in select College of Sciences and Health Professions programs have the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree with one extra year of study. 4+1 programs are available for the Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Biology (non-thesis option); Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Health Sciences; Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences/Master of Public Health; Bachelor of Science/Master of Science OR Bachelor of Arts/Master of Science in Mathematics; Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Physics; and the Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts in Psychology - Psychological Science. Students must meet eligibility criteria set by the academic department. Interested students should contact their faculty advisor.
Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Anesthesia Articulation Agreement
Cleveland State students that meet requirements for the partnership will be assured an interview and preferential consideration, as well as early notification, into the Master of Science in Anesthesia Program at Case Western Reserve University. Students will need to meet the minimum requirements to be considered under the partnership, but all students from Cleveland State University that apply to the program will be strongly considered.
Additional Information on Case Western Reserve University Master of Science in Anesthesia partnership program can be found here: https://www.clestatecareers.com/pre-anesthesiologistassistant
Co-ops, Internships and Clinicals
Co-op, internship, and clinical opportunities are available and may be required in some programs. These experiences place students in actual work settings related to their educational and career interests. Students may be able (or may be required) to register in a corresponding course, thereby earning academic credit. (See also “Independent Study/Research”).
Credit by Examination
Departments within the College of Sciences and Health Professions may accept credit by examination for specific courses. The subject material to be covered, the method of examination, the minimal acceptable score/grade for passing, and the number of semester credit hours to be granted will be determined by the academic departments. Contact the faculty advisor for further information. Credit may also be earned through CLEP examinations, administered through the Testing Center.
Health Sciences Articulation Agreements with Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and Lakeland Community College (LCC)
The College of Sciences and Health Professions has articulation agreements with Cuyahoga Community College and Lakeland Community College for those students who have completed, or have been accepted to and intend to complete, an associate degree in one of the eligible allied health programs. The articulation agreements enable the associate-degree holder to complete the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) in approximately two years of additional full-time study beyond the associate degree, and will facilitate the transfer of credits from the associate degree to the baccalaureate degree. Interested Cuyahoga or Lakeland Community College students should contact their counselor/advisor or the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Center to inquire about the Bachelor’s Completion Program for Allied Health Associate Degree Holders track of the BSHS. Cuyahoga Community College students who have not yet completed their associate degree are also encouraged to participate in the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Dual Admission Program.
Most departments of the College of Sciences and Health Professions offer credit for independent study conducted under the supervision of a member of the college’s faculty. A student should contact the faculty advisor or a specific faculty member to inquire about independent study/research.
Independent study/research is arranged with a specific professor who will determine the quantity and quality of work expected and the number of semester credit hours to be granted. In general, an independent study is intended for scholarly work not included in a department’s formal course offerings, and it is offered only when a formal course is not available.
Although neither the university nor the College of Sciences and Health Professions has a limit on the number of independent study courses that may be applied toward graduation, individual academic departments can limit the number that may be applied toward the major and/or minor.
McNair Scholars Program
The goal of the CSU McNair Scholars Program is to prepare talented and eligible undergraduates for doctoral studies through involvement in research, seminars, advising, preparation for the Graduate Record Examination, and other intensive scholarly activities. Students who participate in the program come from disadvantaged or underrepresented backgrounds, show strong academic potential in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) disciplines, and are committed to pursuing the Ph.D. degree. The program is named after the late Dr. Ronald E. McNair, an African American physicist and NASA astronaut, who died in the Challenger explosion in 1986. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
NEOMED Pharmacy Partnership
Cleveland State is a partner university of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) College of Pharmacy. As a partner university, Cleveland State students enjoy preferential admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program. For the purposes of this program, a Cleveland State student is defined as a student who has accumulated a minimum of 25 semester credit hours at Cleveland State.
Students interested in this program take a recommended sequence of undergraduate pre-pharmacy courses that is designed to fulfill the prerequisites set by NEOMED. This pre-pharmacy curriculum will also meet the prerequisite requirements of most other Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Cleveland State students apply to the Doctor of Pharmacy program approximately one year in advance of when they intend to begin study at NEOMED. Admission to the program is competitive and is not guaranteed. Reserved seats are for those competitive students who are highly qualified based on the admission criteria and apply early (prior to October).
Additional Information on the NEOMED partnership program can be found here: https://www.clestatecareers.com/pre-pharmacy
The Office of Career Development & Exploration supports students in Pre-Professional Programs by providing comprehensive support for students pursuing graduate, law, or professional health programs. Career Development & Exploration serves all students, prospective through alumni and post baccalaureate,by providing resources, application assistance, mock interviews, and by supporting individual student goals.
Additional information can be found here: https://www.clestatecareers.com/pre-professional-programs
Operation Stem (OPSTEM)
Operation STEM targets primarily first generation, underrepresented STEM majors and provides them with a 2-week Summer Institute to help establish a community of peers. In addition, each semester STEM Peer Teachers (SPTs) provide the Scholars and fellow students 150 minutes of mandatory supplemental learning sessions known as SPT sessions in the Precalculus and Calculus courses. OpSTEM Scholars also receive mentoring and individualized attention needed to help ensure successful completion of their STEM degree.
Pathways to Practice (Pipeline to Medicine)
Cleveland State University sponsors the Pathways to Practice program for students interested in practicing urban medicine. The goal of this unique program is to recruit a diverse group of future physicians with an expressed interest in serving NE Ohio. Three pathways are available. Students in all pathways complete needed medical school prerequisites, prepare for success on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and complete an urban health certificate.
EARLY ASSURANCE UNDERGRADUATE PATHWAY
Qualified undergraduate students, usually in their sophomore year, can apply for this partnership program with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Undergraduates can complete their bachelor’s degrees in most majors while taking pre-medicine science courses, urban health courses, and MCAT preparation courses, all while knowing they have a seat reserved for them at the NEOMED College of Medicine if they meet GPA and MCAT requirements.
POSTBACCALAUREATE EARLY ASSURANCE PATHWAY
Qualified students with a bachelor’s degree can apply for this partnership program with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Students take pre-medicine science courses, urban health courses, and MCAT preparation courses, all while knowing they have a seat reserved for them at the NEOMED College of Medicine if they meet GPA and MCAT requirements. Postbaccalaureate students who do not need to take or retake science prerequisites may be able to complete a Master of Science in Health Sciences or a Master of Public Health degree while in the program.
BERKMAN/JACKSON FELLOWS PATHWAY
Qualified students at either the undergraduate or postbaccalaurate level can apply for this program, which is designed to enhance student competitiveness for admission to medical school. Students take pre-medicine science courses, urban health courses, and MCAT preparation courses.
Psychology Partnership Programs at Lakeland Community College (LCC) and Lorain County Community College (LCCC)
Select psychology courses applicable to a B.A. degree in Psychology are offered at the Lorain County Community College and Lakeland Community College campuses. These partnership agreements allow students admitted to the program to complete the psychology degree through a combination of courses offered on-line and on each community college campus (although partnership students can elect to take courses on the Cleveland State downtown campus as well). Students are also able to receive advising from a Cleveland State advisor at either the Lorain or Lakeland campus.
Psychology Partnership with C|M Law 3+3
This partnership accelerates the completion of most of the Psychology degree requirements into 3 years of full-time study, ending with students earning 91 total credit hours. The fourth year, comprised of 29 credit hours taken in the first year of study at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is then transferred back to meet the Bachelor of Arts total credit hour requirement of 120. More information can be found here: https://www.law.csuohio.edu/admission/3plus3
Secondary Teacher Licensure
The CSUteach Program offers secondary teaching licenses (7-12) in Integrated Mathematics, Integrated Mathematics plus single-field Physics and Integrated Sciences (with a focus in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or Physics). All licensure programs require coursework from the College of Sciences and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Services. Students will have a faculty advisor in their field of concentration as well as a CSUteach advisor. College of Sciences and Health Professions students interested in licensure are encouraged to promptly inquire about the CSUteach Program with the College of Education and Human Services.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Articulation Agreement
Cleveland State students enjoy preferential admissions to the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. The agreement with RUSVM affords Cleveland State students numerous benefits including priority admissions consideration, a guaranteed interview, and priority consideration for scholarships.
Additional information can be found here: https://www.clestatecareers.com/pre-veterinary