Combined Degree Options

B.S./M.S. Admission Requirements (Undergraduate)

Students may apply to either program after completing CHM 252; to be admitted, the student must have achieved an overall GPA of 2.50, an average GPA of 2.75 in chemistry courses, and a C or better in all chemistry, mathematics, biology, and physics courses.

B.S./M.S. Admission Requirements (Graduate)

To earn graduate status within the B.S./M.S. programs, students must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work, a cumulative GPA of 2.75 in undergraduate chemistry courses, and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in graduate courses. For both B.S./M.S. options, up to nine hours of graduate credit, taken during the final year of the bachelors degree, can be dual counted for the combined degrees. If this option is selected, a minimum of 146 hours, 31 of which must be at the graduate level, must be earned. The Graduate Record Examination is not required for admission to this program.

Common Programmatic Requirements and Procedures

Candidates for the B.S./M.S. degree must complete 146 hours, 31 of which must be at the graduate level.

  • At least 2 undergraduate and 8 graduate credit hours must be devoted to original research that results in a publishable thesis. Research must be conducted under the supervision of a faculty adviser who is a member of the Chemistry graduate faculty and the student must submit a written progress report to the thesis adviser no less than three times per year.
  • Program participants are expected to engage in full-time research experiences during the summers after their third, fourth and fifth years.
  • Students must identify a research mentor/thesis advisor and begin their undergraduate research no later than the summer after their third year.
  • Before completion of the senior year, the student must present a seminar (CHM 580, 1 credit) where the literature relevant to the intended research area is summarized and a plan for the research is presented. Following the seminar, the student must meet with the thesis committee to discuss the presentation and the research plan.
  • All matriculated graduate students are required to be registered for at least one course per semester, or have an approved Leave of Absence, for each fall/spring/summer semester from the semester of matriculation through the semester in which the degree is completed.
  • Upon completion of the thesis, the student must present the work in a research seminar (CHM 680, 1 credit) and successfully defend the thesis to a committee of three graduate faculty members, including the thesis adviser, one member selected by the student, and one member selected by the Graduate Coordinator. The voting members of the thesis committee shall determine the research seminar grade and when a thesis has satisfactorily met all standards.

BS/MS Chemistry

In addition to meeting the general education requirements for the B.S., students in this program must successfully complete the required courses listed below. The remaining credit hours may be selected from the lists of Graduate electives. A maximum of 3 hours of special topics and a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours from cognate fields may be applied. Cognate courses must earn prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator/Department.

BS Requirements

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 110/111 General Chemistry I with lab 4
  116/117 General Chemistry II with lab 5
  252/253 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
  256/257 Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
  292 Chemical Informatics 1
  316 Environmental Chemistry 3
  326 Analytical Chemistry with lab 4
  360/361 Biochemistry with lab 4
  380 Junior Seminar (2 semesters) 0
  436/437 Inorganic Chemistry with lab 4
  470/471 Physical Chemistry I with lab 4
  476 Physical Chemistry II 3
  420 Independent Studies in Chemistry 2 min
  499 Industrial Organic Chemistry 1
  520 Instrumental Analysis 4
  580 Literature Seminar 1
    Chemistry Electives (500 plus) 4
Biology 151 From Molecules to Cells with lab 4
Math   Calculus (2 semesters) 7 or 8
Physics   Physics I & II with labs 8

MS Requirements (31 hrs total)

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 599 Research 8 total
  680 Research Seminar 1
  699 Thesis 1

Gradate Chemistry Electives (to give 31 hrs. total)

  • 500         Chemical Topics, 1-3 hrs.
  • 512         Molecular Modeling, 1 hr.
  • 514         Chemical Group Theory, 1 hr.
  • 516         Environmental Chemistry, 3 hrs.
  • 526         Advanced Analytical Chemistry, 3 hrs.
  • 528         Topics in Analytical Chemistry, 1-3 hrs.
  • 532         Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry, 3 hrs.
  • 538         Topics in Inorganic Chemistry, 1-3 hrs.
  • 540         Materials Chemistry, 3 hrs.
  • 541         Materials Chemistry Laboratory, 1 hrs.
  • 548         Topics in Materials Chemistry, 1-3 hrs.
  • 550         Industrial Organic Chemistry, 1 hrs.
  • 552         Physical Organic Chemistry, 3 hrs.
  • 554         Organic Spectroscopy, 3 hrs.
  • 555         Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory, 1 hr.
  • 558         Topics in Organic Chemistry, 1-3 hrs.
  • 562         Protein Structure and Function, 3 hrs.
  • 564         Biochemical Literature, 1-2 hrs.
  • 566         Intermediary Metabolism, 3 hrs.
  • 568         Topics in Biochemistry, 1-3 hrs.
  • 577         Physical Chemistry Laboratory II, 1 hr.
  • 578         Topics in Physical Chemistry, 1-3 hrs.
  • 584         Readings in Chemistry or Biochemistry, 1-3 hrs.

Five Year Plan: BS/MS in Chemistry

A Chemistry BS/MS major might complete the required science courses according to the following schedule. Students need not exceed a full load (16 credits/semester) to graduate in five years. Note that required general education courses would be distributed among the first eight semesters.

 

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer

Freshman General Chemistry I with lab
Calculus I
General Chemistry II with lab
Calculus II
From Molecules to Cells with lab
 
Sophomore Organic Chemistry I with lab
Physics I with lab
Organic Chemistry II with lab
Analytical Chemistry with lab
Chemical Informatics
Physics II with lab
 
Junior Biochemistry with lab
Physical Chemistry I with lab
Junior Seminar
Directed Studies in Chem.
Inorganic Chemistry with lab
Physical Chemistry II
Junior Seminar
Directed Studies in Chem.
Research
Senior Instrumental Analysis
Research (1 hr)
Research (2 hr)
Literature Seminar
Chemistry Electives
Research
5th year Research (2 hr)
Graduate Chem. Electives
Research (3 hr)
Graduate Chem. Electives
Research
Research Seminar
Thesis

BS/MS Biochemistry

In addition to meeting the general education requirements for the B.S., students in this program must successfully complete the required courses listed below. A maximum of 4 hours of special topics and a maximum of 5 graduate credit hours from cognate fields may be applied. Cognate courses must earn prior approval of the graduate coordinator/department.

BS Requirements

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 110/111 General Chemistry I with lab 4
  116/117 General Chemistry II with lab 5
  252/253 Organic Chemistry I with lab 5
  256/257 Organic Chemistry II with lab 4
  292 Chemical Informatics 1
  326 Analytical Chemistry with lab 4
  360/361 Biochemistry with lab 4
  380 Junior Seminar (2 semesters) 0
  470/471 Physical Chemistry I with lab 4
  420 Independent Studies in Chemistry 2 min
  520 Instrumental Analysis 4
  562 Protein Structure and Function 3
  566 Intermediary Metabolism 3
  580 Literature Seminar 1
Biology 151 From Molecules to Cells with lab 4
  310 Genetics with lab 4
  464 Cell Biology with lab 4
Math   Calculus (2 semesters) 7 or 8
Physics   Physics I & II with labs 8

MS Requirements

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 536 Inorganic Chemistry 3
  599 Research 8 total
  680 Research Seminar 1
  699 Thesis 1

Electives (19 hrs, with at least 4 hrs from *courses)

Dept Course Title Credit Hrs.
Chemistry 500 Chemical Topics 1-3
  512 Molecular Modeling 1
  514 Chemical Group Theory 1
  516 Environmental Chemistry 3
  526 Advanced Analytical Chemistry 3
  528 Topics in Analytical Chemistry 1-3
  532 Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry 3
  537 Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory 1
  538 Topics in Inorganic Chemistry 1-3
  540 Materials Chemistry 3
  541 Materials Chemistry Laboratory 1
  548 Topics in Materials Chemistry 1-3
  550 Industrial Organic Chemistry 1
  552 Physical Organic Chemistry 3
  554 Organic Spectroscopy 3
  555 Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory 1
  558 Topics in Organic Chemistry 1-3
  *564 Biochemical Literature 1-2
  *568 Topics in Biochemistry 1-3
  576 Physical Chemistry II 3
  577 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 1
  578 Topics in Physical Chemistry 1-3
  584 Readings 1-3
Biology *503 Molecular Genetic 3
  *509 Human Genetics 3
  *568 Cell/ Molecular Immunology 3

Five Year Plan: BS/MS in Biochemistry

A Biochemistry BS/MS major might complete the required science courses according to the following schedule. Students need not exceed a full load (16 credits/semester) to graduate in five years. Note that required general education courses would be distributed among the first eight semesters.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Summer

Freshman General Chemistry I with lab
Calculus I
General Chemistry II with lab
Calculus II
From Molecules to Cells with lab
 
Sophomore Organic Chemistry I with lab
Genetics with lab
Physics I with lab
Organic Chemistry II with lab
Analytical Chemistry with lab
Chemical Informatics
Physics II with lab
 
Junior Biochemistry with lab
Physical Chemistry I with lab
Junior Seminar
Directed Studies in Chem.
Protein Structure and Function
Physical Chemistry II
Cell Biology with lab
Junior Seminar
Directed Studies in Chem.
Research
Senior Instrumental Analysis
Research (1 hr)
Chemistry Electives
Research (2 hr)
Literature Seminar
Intermediary Metabolism
Inorganic Chemistry
Research
5th year Research (2 hr)
Graduate Chem. Electives
Research (3 hr)
Graduate Chem. Electives
Research
Research Seminar
Thesis