Combined 4+1 Bachelors/Masters in Chemistry

The combined 4+1 master’s degree in chemistry is an accelerated program that allows you to earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees from Bradley in five years.

Ready for Anything

The B.S./M.S. in chemistry enhances your career advancement opportunities and gives you a salary boost in the chemical industry. It can also make you a stronger candidate for acceptance to graduate or professional programs. The combined program allows you to begin taking graduate level courses during your senior year so you can complete both degrees in less time than it would take to complete them separately.

The curriculum gives you a strong foundation in all five areas of chemistry – inorganic, organic, analytical, physical, and biochemistry. You conduct year-round research with a faculty mentor for your final three years and complete the program with a written thesis and oral defense.

By the time you graduate, your experiences include:

  • Close mentoring relationships with faculty starting your freshman year, as the department boasts a 2:1 faculty-freshman major ratio
  • Hands-on experience using state-of-the-art lab equipment
  • Three years of year-round research with faculty
  • A semester-long senior research project
  • Opportunities to publish research with faculty and present your work at local, regional and national conferences
  • Networking and professional growth through weekly seminars, departmental employment, the Chem Club and Chem Demo Crew

Making your Mark

A graduate chemistry degree is valuable to advance your career. In recent years, graduates have found jobs at places such as Eli Lilly and Co., Citgo Petroleum Corp., Exelon Energy and the U.S. Patent Office.

B.S. Requirements for B.S./M.S. Chemistry

Chem/Biochem Common Requirements - 49-50 hrs.

  • CHM 110: General Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 111: General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 116: General Chemistry II - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 117: General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 252: Organic Chemistry I - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 253: Organic Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 256: Organic Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 257: Organic Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • CHM 292: Chemical Informatics - 1 hr.
  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hr.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0.5 hrs.
  • BIO 151: Molecules to Cells - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 152: Molecules to Cells Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • PHY 110: University Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and PHY 201: University Physics II - 4 hrs.
    or PHY 107: General Physics I - 4 hrs.
    and 108: General Physics II - 4 hrs.
  • MTH 121: Calculus I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 122: Calculus II - 4 hrs.
    or MTH 115: Brief Calculus With Applications I - 4 hrs.
    and MTH 116: Brief Calculus With Applications II - 3 hrs.

B.S. Chemistry Requirements - 16

  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 436: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 437: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 471: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 476: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 499: Directed Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 2 hrs.
  • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 580: Literature Seminar in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 1 hr.

Undergraduate Elective Courses - 2 hrs.

  • CHM 326: Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 332: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 360: Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 361: Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 380: Seminar I in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0 hrs.
  • CHM 386: Seminar II in Chemistry and Biochemistry - .5 hrs.
  • CHM 412: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 414: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 416: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 420: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 436: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 437: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 440: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 441: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 450: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 462: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 466: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 470: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 471: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 476: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 480: Seminar III in Chemistry and Biochemistry - .5 hrs.
  • CHM 499: Directed Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 0-6 hrs.

Graduate Elective Courses - 3 hrs.

  • CHM 500: Chemical Topics - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 512: Molecular Modeling - 1 hr.
  • CHM 514: Chemical Group Theory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 516: Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 520: Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 524: Fundamentals of Separation Science - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 526: Advanced Analytical Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 528: Topics in Analytical Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 532: Descriptive Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 536: Inorganic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 537: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 538: Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 540: Materials Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 541: Materials Chemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 548: Topics in Materials Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 550: Industrial Organic Chemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 552: Physical Organic Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 554: Organic Spectroscopy - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 555: Organic Spectroscopy Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 558: Topics in Organic Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 560: Principles of Biochemistry - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 561: Principles of Biochemistry Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • CHM 562: Protein Structure and Function - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 564: Biochemical Literature - 1-2 hrs.
  • CHM 566: Intermediary Metabolism - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 568: Selected Topics in Biochemistry - 1-3 hrs.
  • CHM 570: Physical Chemistry I - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 571: Physical Chemistry Laboratory I - 1 hr.
  • CHM 576: Physical Chemistry II - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 577: Physical Chemistry Laboratory II - 1 hr.
  • CHM 578: Topics in Physical Chemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 580: Literature Seminar in Chemistry & Biochemistry - 1 hr.
  • CHM 584: Readings in Chemistry and Biochemistry - 1-6 hrs.
  • CHM 599: Research - 0-8 hrs.
  • CHM 680: Literature Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 682: Thesis Research Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 686: Literature Review - 1 hr.
  • CHM 697: Research - 0-10 hrs.
  • CHM 699: Thesis - 0-1 hrs.

Note: No more than three of the five elective courses credit hours in laboratory courses.

M.S. Requirements for B.S./M.S. Chemistry

Required Courses - 15 hrs.

  • CHM 524: Fundamentals of Separation Science - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 599: Research - 3 hrs.
  • CHM 682: Thesis Research Seminar - 1 hr.
  • CHM 697: Research - 7 hrs.
  • CHM 699: Thesis - 1 hr.

Elective Courses - 15 hrs.

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