Accelerated Degree Programs

Accelerated programs provide an avenue for pursuing dual degrees (Bachelor’s and Master’s) while providing significant advantages to the student of a shorter programs completion time and saving in tuition expenses. Students seeking these opportunities at Temple University should have a demonstrated record of academic excellence, and an expressed interest complete an advance degree after their Bachelor’s degree. Temple University offers several Accelerated Degree Programs arranged between undergraduate and graduate or professional schools and colleges.

The PSM programs have been seeking accelerated paths to program completion for all Temple undergraduate students who meet qualifications to enter these program in the junior year of their course of study.

Obligations of College of Science and Technology

  1. Ensure that all candidates for the 4+1 program meet the guidelines for admission to the accelerated program, which are:
    1. have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in at least 45 credits of coursework taken at Temple;
    2. two letters of recommendation from full-time faculty to support the student’s admission into the 4+1 program;
    3. have at least 12 credits of electives in their degree program see grids for specific programs below in Appendix 1.
    4. apply in the spring of their sophomore year for the following fall;
    5. be able to complete their undergraduate degree in four full-time semesters (beginning with their first semester taking a graduate course as an undergraduate); and
    6. be able to complete the graduate degree in one additional year, which follows directly after graduating from the undergraduate degree.

  2. Provide 12 credits of graduate coursework, designated to fulfill 12 credits of electives for the candidate’s undergraduate degree, which uniquely reflect the requirements of the Professional Science Master’s (PSM) program of Bioinnovation. Students will take no more than one graduate course in any one undergraduate semester (See grids in Appendix 2 for the complete undergraduate-graduate sequences).

Process of applying to 4+1 degree

  1. Student should express interest and reach out to CST advisor and PSM program Coordinator for guidance.
  2. This student will be sent to CST advising. All student ware to officially start this process in CST advising.
  3. CST will vet students to see if all all criteria are met for GPA, number of credits as listed under the section Obligations of CST above.
  4. CST will ask student to provide two letters of recommendation and will refer student to Seema Freer who will schedule an interview with specific PSM program.
  5. If the interview and applciaiton process is successful, Seema will contact CST so that Tom Price will add the cohort codes on Banner.
  6. Student will initiate 4+1 coursework.
  7. In the Senior year student will apply to graduate school.

Program administration- CST Advising (Tom Price)

  1. Update DARs
  2. Apply Cohort Code
  3. Ensure that student is not registered for > 18 credits per semester.
  4. Ensure no more than 16 applicants for Bioinnovation and Biotechnology and no more than 10 applicants for Bioinformatics. Forensics Chemistry, Scientific Writing and Cyber Defense and Information Assurance have not specified a maximum number.

Program administration – PSM programs (Seema Freer)

  1. Facilitate internships
  2. Make sure all students are aware of capstone requirement due by the summer after graduation from Bachelor’s program
  3. Provide mentoring and guidance as needed for all +1 students
BS in BIOLOGY for PSM in Scientific Writing students
Year 1
Fall Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 4
CHEM 1031 & CHEM 1033 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1951& CHEM 1953 Honors General Chemical Science I (F)
Select one of the following: 4
MATH 1038 Calculus I with Lab1
MATH 1041 Calculus I
MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I (F)
General Education/Elective Credits 7
Term Credit Hours 15
Spring
BIOL 1111 or 1911 Introduction to Biology I 4
Select one of the following: 4
CHEM 1032 & CHEM 1034 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1952 & CHEM 1954 Honors General Chemical Science II (S)
Select one of the following: 4
MATH 1044 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
MATH 1042 Calculus II
MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
General Education/Elective Credits 3
Term Credit Hours 15
Year 2
Fall
BIOL 2112 or 2912 Introduction to Biology II 4
Select one of the following: 4
CHEM 2201 & CHEM 2203 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2211 & CHEM 2213 Organic Chemistry for Majors I (F)
CHEM 2921 & CHEM 2923 Organic Chemistry for Honors I (F)
General Education/Elective Credits 8
Term Credit Hours 16
Spring
BIOL 2227 Principles of Ecology (S) 3
BIOL 2296 Genetics [WI] (S) 4
Select one of the following: 4
CHEM 2202 & CHEM 2204 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 2212 & CHEM 2214 Organic Chemistry for Majors II (S)
CHEM 2922 & CHEM 2924 Organic Chemistry for Honors II (S)
General Education/Elective Credits 4
Term Credit Hours 15
Year 3
Fall
BIOL 3096 Cell Structure and Function [WI] (F) 4
PHYS 2021 or 2921 General Physics I 4
General Education/Elective Credits 5
5505 Ethics and Policy in Biotechnology 3
Term Credit Hours 16
Spring
Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective2 3-4
Upper-Level 2200+ Biology Elective2 3-4
General Education/Elective Credits 7-5
BIO 5532 Introduction to Writing Grant Proposals 3
Term Credit Hours 16
Total Credit Hours 123
1 Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039. Not applicable to 2017 cohort and onwards.
2 If the student has taken the necessary prerequisite courses, some of the Biology or Cognate elective courses may be taken before the Spring semester of Year 3.
BA in Natural Science for PSM in Scientific Writing
Year 4
Fall Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 4
CHEM 1031 & CHEM 1033 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1951 & CHEM 1953 Honors General Chemical Science I (F)
Select one of the following: 4
MATH 1031 Differential and Integral Calculus
MATH 1038 Calculus I with Lab1
MATH 1041 Calculus I
MATH 1941 Honors Calculus I (F)
General Education/Elective Credits 7
Term Credit Hours 15
Spring
Select one of the following: 4
CHEM 1032 & CHEM 1034 General Chemistry II
CHEM 1952 & CHEM 1954 Honors General Chemical Science II (S)
Select one of the following:2 0-4
MATH 1044 Introduction to Probability and Statistics for the Life Sciences
MATH 1042 Calculus II
MATH 1942 Honors Calculus II
General Education/Elective Credits 12-8
Term Credit Hours 16
Year 2
Fall
Select one of the following: 4
BIOL 1011 General Biology I (F)
BIOL 1111 Introduction to Biology I
BIOL 1911 Honors Introduction to Biology I (S)
EES 2001 Physical Geology 4
General Education/Elective Credits 8
Term Credit Hours 16
Spring
Select one of the following: 4
BIOL 1012 General Biology II (S)
BIOL 2112 Introduction to Biology II
BIOL 2912 Honors Introduction to Biology II (F)
ENG 2696 Technical Writing [WI] 3
Science Elective3 3-4
General Education/Elective Credits 5-4
Term Credit Hours 15
Year 3
Fall
Select one of the following: 4
PHYS 1021 Introduction to General Physics I
PHYS 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I
PHYS 1961 Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
PHYS 2021 General Physics I
PHYS 2921 Honors General Physics I (F)
Select one of the following: 3
PHIL 2196 Perspectives on Science and Mathematics [WI]
SCTC 3001 History of Science
5505 Ethics and Policy in Biotechnology 3
General Education/Elective Credits 5-4
Term Credit Hours 15
Spring
Select one of the following: 4
PHYS 1022 Introduction to General Physics II
PHYS 1062 Elementary Classical Physics II
PHYS 1962 Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
PHYS 2022 General Physics II
PHYS 2922 Honors General Physics II (S)
General Education/Elective Credits 8
BIO 5522 Introduction to Scientific and Regulatory Writing 3
Term Credit Hours 15
Year 4
Fall
PHYS 1004 Introduction to Astronomy (F) 3
Select one of the following: 3
SCTC 4351 Paradigms of Scientific Knowledge: Knowledge Discovery from Scientific Data (F)
BIOL 3091 Research Methods (S)
CHEM 3091 Research Methods (S)
EES 3091 Research Methods (S)
PHYS 3091 Research Methods (S)
Track one or Track 2 elective 3
General Education/Elective Credits 6-5
Term Credit Hours 15
Spring
BIO 5532 Introduction to Writing Grant Proposals 3
General Education/Elective Credits 10-9
Term Credit Hours 16
Total Credit Hours 123
1 Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.
2 Not required if MATH 1031 is completed.
3 The four science electives chosen to satisfy the science concentration must be taken from the same department. The departments you can choose electives from are: Biology, Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Science or Physics. In the circumstance where a laboratory course is the complement of a lecture course, both must be completed to fulfill the requirement for ONE science elective.