Chemistry, BS/MS


BS/MS | The Program | Graduate Assistantship | Transfer Students | Registration Status | Degree Requirements

Combined Bachelor of Science / Master of Science

This dual degree is designed to take a high-school graduate to a master's degree in five years. Students who plan to enter this program ought to have a solid high-school record, particularly in chemistry, physics, mathematics, and English.

Students enrolled in the BS/MS program will be advised by a member of the Chemistry Graduate Committee prior to registration, preferably in the spring semester preceding entrance into the dual degree. The faculty advisor will be in charge of overseeing the student's progress for the first three years. The student's research advisor will then take over for the final two years.

The Program

At the end of Year 3 (a total of 96 credits) of the typical five-year schedule, the BS/MS student will have fulfilled all of the major requirements for the BS and will be poised to begin their MS work. The performance of the student reaching that stage will be evaluated by the Chemistry Graduate Committee. Several possible recommendations may be made at this point, namely to:

  1. Allow the student to proceed according to the five-year BS/MS schedule
  2. Allow the student to continue in the BS/MS dual degree program, but at a slower pace
  3. Not allow the student to continue in the BS/MS track

Those students not allowed to continue in the BS/MS program will of course still have the possibility to seek a BA or a BS degree in chemistry; they would also have the option of reapplying for admission as regular master's degree students after completing their bachelor's degree.

Upon completion of all the requirements, the student will be awarded two separate degrees (the undergraduate BS in chemistry and the graduate MS in chemistry). No degree will be awarded until the program is completed. A student's retention in the BS/MS program is contingent upon maintaining a GPA of 2.0 in undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry courses, and a GPA of 3.0 in graduate chemistry courses.

Graduate Assistantship

Qualified students in the program with a minimum of 120 credits will become eligible to receive financial aid at the graduate level (most likely in the form of teaching assistantship appointments); before they reach the 120 credit mark they are eligible to receive undergraduate financial aid.

Transfer Students

Transfer students will be admitted at the level where they seek admissions within the context of the BS/MS degree. The Chemistry Graduate Committee will recommend admissions, transfer of credit, and the number of courses and/or credits to be completed by the student seeking admission.

Registration Status

Students originally enrolled in the BS/MS degree need not remain on full-time status. The typical five-year schedule serves only to illustrate how a student could complete the BS/MS degree in a five-year span. Also, at any point, a student may decide to "undeclare" the program and continue on towards the standard BS degree. If this route is chosen, any graduate courses taken can be counted as elective credit towards graduation.


Degree Requirements

At the end of the "typical" five-year program, the BS/MS student will be required to have completed 138 credits, which may be summarized as follows:

BS degree in chemistry (138 credits)

CHEM 115, 116, 117 (lab), and 118 (lab) Chemical Principles I & II
CHEM 251, 252, 255 (lab), and 256 (lab) Organic Chemistry I & II
CHEM 311 and 313 (lab) Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 312 and 314 (lab) Physical Chemistry
CHEM 369 and 379 (lab) Chemical Structures
CHEM 370 and 371 (lab) Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 491  Capstone (Senior Thesis)

Additional undergraduate courses

MATH 140 and 141 Calculus I & II
BIOL 111 General Biology I
BIOCHM 383 Biochemistry I
PHYSIC 113, 114, 181, and 182 Fundamental of Physics I & II
ENGL 101 and 102 Freshmen English I & II

Core/Distribution requirements

2 Diversity courses

12 Core/Distribution courses

(Note: Up to five of these can be fulfilled from the math and science requirements of the chemistry major.)

Other chemistry courses, chosen from a slate of electives.

The requirements for the MS degree in chemistry (33 credits).