The five-year BS/MS 4+1 program draws on two existing degree programs: the BS in Physics and the MS in Physics. The program provides an efficient path for highly qualified advanced undergraduate students from the BS in Physics program to complete both a BS and an MS degree in 5 (five) calendar years, instead of the six years required of students completing conventional programs, while completing the same number of graduate classes. The program allows for 11 credits earned for the BS degree to be applied towards the MS degree.
For students in the 4+1 program, the BS is awarded after the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours and all General Education, University, College, and Major Field requirements, as is the case for students in the conventional BS program. The MS degree is earned after the students have completed a minimum of 32 graduate credit hours and all coursework required of students in the conventional MS program.
As part of the program, students complete 11 credits of any graduate physics class taken as an undergraduate to be double-counted during the transition year (year 4) and must earn grades of "B" or better in each 500-level course in order to be admitted to the MS program and the College of Graduate Studies.
The typical qualifications for a student to be admitted to the 4+1 BS/MS program are:
- 90 hours credit earned by the start of the program
- Enrollment in the BS program in Physics at CSU
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better