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Accelerated BA/BS + MS Degree in Chemistry

The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's (BA/BS + MS) in Chemistry provides academically qualified students with the opportunity to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in five years, the time normally required to finish the co-op option bachelor’s degree alone.

Accelerated Chemistry Degree Eligibility

Exceptional students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and who are enrolled in the five-year co-op option are eligible for the BA/BS + MS program. Students formally apply to the program after they have completed 90 credits but before they have completed 120 credits. Students are strongly encouraged to begin planning for the program as early as their freshman year. Students who have more than 120 credits are not eligible.

Transfer students are eligible to join the BA/BS + MS program, but they must be able to complete the program in the time it would take to complete the BS degree alone. International transfer students must be able to meet the required minimum TOEFL score for the department graduate program (currently 550) in order to be admitted to the BA/BS + MS program.

BA/BS + MS Application Process

Students need to formally apply to the accelerated chemistry program. Applications are available in the Office of Graduate Admissions or in the College of Arts and Sciences adviser's office. Applications must be accompanied by a plan of study prepared in consultation with the undergraduate and graduate adviser in the department, and must be officially approved by both the department head and the dean.

Accelerated Chemistry Degree Requirements

Students enrolled in the Accelerated BA/BS + MS in Chemistry must complete 180 undergraduate quarter credits for the bachelor's degree and at least 45 graduate quarter credits for the master's degree. All graduate departmental requirements must be satisfied in full, including producing a thesis, if the thesis-option master's program is elected. Master's thesis requirements must be completed no later than the spring quarter of the final year. Students in the BA/BS + MS program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate and graduate coursework to remain in the program.

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Prospective Student Inquiries

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