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Accelerated B.S./M.S. Degree

The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce the recent approval of a new track which will allow students to earn both their B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. This track is for full time students who meet the requirements laid out below. The traditional M.S. track that the Chemistry Department offers for part-time students is still available.

Program requirements

Students who are interested in this program should be undergraduate chemistry majors. During their junior year, they should submit an application to the program. If accepted, students would be required to start graduate courses as well as thesis research during their senior year (in addition to the normal requirements for a B.S. degree). During their fifth year, they would complete their course work as well as a second year of research to complete their M.S. thesis. In order to apply to the program, students must have (and maintain) a minimum 3.0 GPA.

(starting point: math placement in Precalculus*)

First year requirements and cognates:

    General Chemistry I & II (CHE 120/121 - fall/spring)

    Precalculus* (MAT 122 - fall)

    Calculus I (MAT 150 - spring)

Second year requirements and cognates:

    Organic Chemistry I & II (CHE 260/261 - fall/spring)

    Quantitative Analysis (CHE 240 - fall or spring)

    Calculus II & III (MAT 151/252 - fall/spring)

    Physics I & II (PHY 230/231 - fall/spring)

    Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry (CHE 301)

Third year requirements:

Physical Chemistry I & II (CHE 370/371/372/373 - fall/spring)

Fourth year requirements:

    Inorganic Chemistry (CHE 435/436 - fall/spring)

    Chemistry Seminar (CHE 496 - fall)

    Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety (CHE 445 - spring)

    Chemical Research (CHE 490/491 - fall/spring)

    Two Graduate Level (5XX) Chemistry courses (fall or spring)

   Fifth year requirements:

    Four Graduate Level (5XX) Chemistry courses (fall and spring)
    - must include CHE 589 if student is changing research advisors from their 4th year research.

    M. S. Thesis (CHE 590/591 - fall/spring)

Application Procedure

Students apply to the program during their junior year. Applications will generally be due by the Friday before spring break.

Students who will be juniors during the 2012-2013 academic year are encouraged to apply to the program. The application deadline is March 22, 2013. In order to apply to the program, students must submit undergraduate transcripts (for any institution where they have taken undergraduate courses), a personal statement, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member indicating that they will be willing to supervise the student's research. The materials should be given to:

Dr. Andrew Karatjas, Graduate Program Coordinator      
Telephone: (203)-392-6271