An enrichment program for exceptional students overseen by the chairs of the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology. There is no application form; students are selected based on information contained in their applications for admission.
Unlike the situation found at most large research universities, the program is designed to give each student individual attention and close interaction with research faculty. Scholars have a senior faculty member serving as their advisor-mentor from the very beginning of their program of study. All participants have the opportunity to become a member of a research lab or group as early as the first semester so that advanced research experience can begin quickly. During the first and second years, all scholars enroll in the CSS seminar (both fall and spring semesters), where they meet internationally-renowned science faculty from each of the participating departments, hear talks on issues in the forefront of science, and visit research laboratories, etc.
College Science Scholars usually choose a traditional major in a department. However, the program also encourages multidisciplinary education. For example, students may follow interdisciplinary tracks, majoring in topics such as Biophysics, Biochemistry, Astrophysics, and Neuroscience.
Scholars in good standing (e.g., GPA 3.400 or higher) within their host department are guaranteed admission into to a 5th-year Masters degree program in those disciplines where the degree is available, including Masters in Engineering or Education.