Applicants are expected to have a background in either the biological, physical or computational sciences, although some knowledge of more than one area is desirable. Requirements for admission are:
- one year of general biology or the equivalent; coursework in genetics, cell biology and computer science is advantageous
- two years of chemistry, including one year of general chemistry and one year of introductory organic chemistry with laboratory
- one year of calculus
- one year of physics
- at least eight semester hours in cognate sciences related to the program
- a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination for the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections
- a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 out of 4.0. (The minimum grade point average for international applicants attending international institutions is 3.0/4.0 for the bachelor’s degree and 3.3/4.0 for graduate work.)
- Students whose native language is not English must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they hold a degree from an accredited US institution (see Admissions for International Students).
Otherwise superior students, deficient in one or more of the above requirements, may be admitted at the discretion of the GST admissions committee. Deficiencies in given areas will routinely be made up as a part of the GST program.