Combination B.S./M.S. Degree Program

Why a Combination B.S./M.S. Degree Program?

In today’s job market, a research-based M.S. degree can provide an entry into a great job. In some areas of chemistry, there are job openings at the M.S. level even during economically difficult times.

Chemistry, as the central science, plays a critical role in many areas, such as developing new materials (ceramics, high-tech polymers), finding cures for disease (invention of new drugs), understanding biological processes (mode of drug action, fertilization), and detailing the theoretical basis of natural phenomena.

This five-year B.S./M.S. program, intended for those desiring entry into an industrial position, provides a streamlined opportunity to obtain both degrees.

How to Apply.

Research Areas:

  • Biological: enzymes protein design / modification
  • Inorganic: enzyme active sites new structures
  • Materials: new polymers designed / self-assembling
  • Medicinal: anticancer agents enzyme inhibitors
  • Organic: new methods total synthesis
  • Organometallic: catalysis new synthetic methods
  • Physical: instrument design spectroscopic methods

Program Overview

  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better (overall and in your biochemistry, chemistry, or engineering chemistry major)
  • In your junior year, choose a research advisor from the faculty
  • Plan your program of study to include senior research (CHE 495-496) and two graduate (500-level) courses in your senior year.
  • Spend your fifth year in an intensive research program in a sophisticated research environment.
  • Write and defend a thesis.

Get two degrees in five years!

During your junior year:

Choose a research advisor based on your area of interest and a broad range of active research areas.

Fill out a "Five-Year B.S./M.S. Program in Chemistry Application Form," available in the Chemistry Department Main Office.

This form spells out a program of coursework for completion of the B.S. degree and the M.S. degree, including Senior Research (CHE 495-496) and two 500-level graduate courses that will be taken during the senior year, and an intensive research experience for the fifth year of the program.

The completed form is signed by the Applicant, Proposed Advisor, and then submitted to the Chemistry Department Office for review by the the Undergraduate Program Director and the Graduate Program Director.

The coursework identified on the application form must be completed by the end of the senior year with a GPA of 3.0 or above, in addition to maintaining a GPA of 3.0 overall, for continuation into the fifth year and the M.S. degree phase of the program. The internal Chemistry Department application is followed by an official application to the Graduate School in the second semester of the senior year.

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