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Admission & Application

The average undergraduate GPA of accepted students is 3.40. Students seeking admission should have taken Organic Chemistry (2 semesters; including 1 semester of laboratory), Biology, General Physics, and college level mathematics through Calculus. Courses in Biochemistry, Physical Chemistry, and Genetics are recommended. Research experience is strongly recommended. Students with excellent records and research experience who lack specific courses are encouraged to apply. Where additional course-work is necessary to provide background of sufficient depth for our rigorous curriculum, supplemental courses or reading programs can be designed.

The application will open on September 1st and will close on December 1st. A completed application consists of:

  1. completed application form
  2. three letters of reference
  3. official transcripts
  4. GRE scores (optional)
  5. TOEFL or IELTS scores if native language is not English


Promising candidates will be invited to visit the campus and meet with faculty and students from the Program.

Applications to the CU graduate school programs are now accepted online only. Please proceed to the Graduate School online site through the "APPLY ONLINE" to the left. Recommendation letters are now requested and completed online; follow the instructions in the online application.  If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Sabrena Heilman at 303-724-3245 or ​