College of Sciences and Health Professions

Special Educational Opportunities

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; Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Chemistry; Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Health Sciences; 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. Students must meet eligibility criteria set by the academic department. Interested students should contact their faculty adviser.

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Choose Ohio 1st Scholarship Programs

Choose Ohio 1st scholarships are competitive scholarships available to Cleveland State students who plan to pursue a major in one of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) disciplines.  As part of the scholarship, all Choose Ohio 1st Scholars will engage in research, internships and entrepreneurial experiences in Northeast Ohio’s growing health science and biomedical community. In addition, the program will offer networking opportunities with peers, mentors and employers. For more information including application deadlines, please visit the Scholarships & Awards section of the College of Sciences and Health Professions website.

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Co-ops and Internships

Co-op and internship opportunities are available for many of the College of Sciences and Health Professions programs, placing students in actual work settings that may be related to a student's educational and career interests. Knowledge and skills learned in the classroom setting are often applied in these co-op and internship experiences. Likewise, the experience gained in hands-on activities may be brought back into the classroom and complement the academic component of course work. Contact the Career Services Center at 216-687-2233 for information on co-ops. Contact both the Career Services Center and the chairperson of the appropriate academic department for information on internships.

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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 adviser for further information. Credit may also be earned through CLEP examinations, administered through the Department of Counseling and Testing.

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Cuyahoga Community College(Tri-C) Partnership Program

The Partnership Program provides students an opportunity to seamlessly continue their education from an associate’s to a bachelor's degree.Students who intend to obtain an associate’s degree at Cuyahoga Community College and then move into a bachelor’s degree at Cleveland State University are dually admitted to both institutions, thereby allowing partnership students access to the services of both institutions simultaneously. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions.

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eLearning Courses

The College of Sciences and Health Professions offers some of its courses as eLearning courses, meaning that they are offered online or via interactive video distance learning (IVDL). There are two categories of online courses: those that can be completed entirely online (referred to as online courses) and those that have some on-campus component to them (referred to as blended courses). These courses are listed on CampusNet and are designated by "e". All courses delivered in such a manner are part of the college's regular course offerings and will fulfill the appropriate university, college, or major-field requirement.

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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 eligibile allied health programs. The articulation agreements enable the associate-degree holder to complete the degree of Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences in 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/adviser or the College of Sciences and Health Professions Advising Center at 216-687-9321.  Cuyahoga Community College students who have not yet completed their associate degree are also encouraged to participate in the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Partnership Program.

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Independent Study/Research

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 adviser 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 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 should be 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.

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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 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.

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Off-Campus Course Offerings

Depending upon course offerings, students may have the opportunity to complete course work toward the General Education Requirements or even the major field of study through courses offered at a variety of off-campus locations such as CSU’s West Center (Westlake). The locations of courses are noted in CampusNet.  All courses delivered in such a manner are part of the college's regular course offerings and will fulfill the appropriate university, college, or major-field requirement.

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Podiatric Medicine Partnership with the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM)

This program consists of 3 years of pre-professional study at CSU and 4 years of study (for qualified students) at the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine (OCPM). Students who successfully complete the seven-year program will receive a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree. Students may also apply for a B.S. in Biology or Health Sciences upon completion of required course work during their first year of study at OCPM. Additional details and contact information may be found at the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences and the School of Health Sciences websites.

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Pre-Medicine/MD Partnership with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine (NEOUCOM)

Undergraduate and post baccalaureate students interested in pursuing medical education in Northeast Ohio can take advantage of the CSU/NEOUCOM MD Partnership.

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Pre-Pharmacy/PharmD Partnership with the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy (NEOUCOP)

Cleveland State is a member of the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Pharmacy (NEOUCOP) consortium. As a member institution, Cleveland State students enjoy preferential admissions to the Doctor of Pharmacy program, with NEOUCOP annually reserving a set number of seats for qualified Cleveland State students. For the purposes of this program, a Cleveland State student is defined as a student who has accumulated a minimum of 30 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 NEOUCOP. This pre-pharmacy curriculum will also meet the prerequisite requirements of most other Doctor of Pharmacy programs. Cleveland State students apply to the NEOUCOP Doctor of Pharmacy program approximately one year in advance of when they intend to begin study at NEOUCOP. Admission to the NEOUCOP program is competitive and is not guaranteed. Cleveland State, however, does have an annual allotment of seats in the Doctor of Pharmacy program, reserved for those students who are highly qualified based on the NEOUCOP admission criteria and apply early (prior to October). The pre-pharmacy program is administered by the Department of Chemistry. Additional details and contact information may be found on the College of Sciences and Health Professions website.

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Pre-Professional Preparation Programs

Cleveland State University offers comprehensive programs providing the courses required for application to schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, or veterinary medicine.  The programs prepare students by prescribing the courses required for admissions consideration and for preparation for the required admissions tests in these fields.  Although they are not considered degree-granting programs, students can add a “Pre-Medicine”, “Pre-Pharmacy”, “Pre-Dentistry”, or “Pre-Veterinary” designation to their academic record to denote their intent to pursue admission to a professional school. 
Students who already hold a bachelor’s degree but lack the minimal science requirements for the various kinds of professional schools have the opportunity to participate in this preparation program as post-baccalaureate students.

A website with additional information for pre-professional students is also available.

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Psychology Partnership Programs at Lakeland Community College (LCC) and Lorain County Community College (LCCC)

Psychology courses leading to a B.A. degree in Psychology are offered at the Lorain County Community College and Lakeland Community College campuses. These 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 adviser at either the Lorain or Lakeland campus.

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Post Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP)

PSEOP permits qualified high-school students to take college-level courses at Cleveland State. See the PSEOP website for more details.

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Secondary Teacher Licensure

Students seeking secondary teacher licensure in a science/math field earn their degree from the College of Sciences and Health Professions. Students complete coursework in both the College of Sciences and Health Professions and the College of Education and Human Services. Secondary teacher licensure can be obtained in the fields of biology, chemistry, earth science (geology), physics, and mathematics. In addition to a College of Sciences and Health Professions General Education adviser, students have a faculty adviser for science/math courses in the department of their field of concentration and an adviser for education courses in the College of Education and Human Services. College of Sciences and Health Professions majors electing to pursue secondary teacher licensure are encouraged to promptly declare an Education minor, and to inquire about the CSUteach program.

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Study Abroad

Study-abroad opportunities are available through various departments and programs within the College of Sciences and Health Professions and are coordinated by the Center for International Services and Programs (216-687-3910). The coordinator of the center can assist with financial-aid arrangements, recommend appropriate programs (generally those affiliated with American universities from which credit is transferable) and assist with arrangements. Students who wish to earn credits abroad must consult with and work through the coordinator. Approved courses taken as part of the study-abroad experience may, where appropriate and approved by the academic unit, apply toward university, college, and/or major-field requirements. The option of taking approved courses for graded credits and having these grades count in a student's grade-point average is also available.

A guide to study-abroad opportunities is available from the Coordinator of the Center for International Services and Programs.

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