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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.

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:  Required General Education/Bradley Core Curriculum 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


To see a more detailed list of the requirements, please see the listing in the
Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog.


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


To see a more detailed list of the requirements, please see the listing in the
Undergraduate Catalog and the Graduate Catalog.