Chemistry (BS/MS) Dual Degree

In the BS/MS in Chemistry Dual Degree program, you'll embark on a comprehensive and integrated educational journey designed specifically for students who share a deep passion for the field of chemistry. By immersing yourself in rigorous coursework, specialized training, and research opportunities, this program empowers you to develop a strong foundation in analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, physical chemistry, and biochemistry.

As a student in this dual degree program, you'll have the unique opportunity to explore various chemistry specializations that align with your interests and career aspirations. Delve into fascinating areas such as chemical engineering, laboratory techniques, chemical synthesis, spectroscopy, polymer chemistry, environmental chemistry, materials science, and pharmaceutical chemistry. The carefully designed curriculum ensures that you gain a well-rounded understanding of the principles and applications of chemistry, preparing you for diverse and fulfilling career paths.

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Program Information

Discover your passion for chemistry and gain a competitive edge with our BS/MS in Chemistry dual degree program. This comprehensive program combines coursework, specialized training, and research opportunities in analytical, organic, inorganic, physical, and biochemistry. Graduates are prepared for diverse career paths in pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, research and development, and more.

Program Type

Dual Degree


Bachelor's, Master's

Academic Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry



Required Credit Hours


The Student Experience

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"The mentors that I had in my undergraduate career helped me with research, professional skills, potential post-graduation plans, and scholarship opportunities. When I came to Duquesne, I thought that I knew exactly what I wanted to do after graduation; however, my mentors encouraged me to consider other options that sparked my interest."

Lindsay Moskal Chemistry Alumna, '23

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Research Opportunities

Through engaging hands-on laboratory experiences and invaluable research opportunities, you'll have the chance to hone essential laboratory techniques and acquire practical skills in conducting chemical experiments, analyzing complex data, and synthesizing compounds. Our program places a strong emphasis on leveraging advanced techniques like spectroscopy to unravel chemical structures and explore their properties, providing you with a competitive edge in the field.

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Graduate Education

The program provides a solid foundation for those interested in pursuing advanced degrees or research opportunities in specialized areas of chemistry. With the increasing demand for professionals with expertise in chemistry, graduates of the BS/MS in Chemistry Dual Degree program are equipped to make a meaningful impact in scientific discovery, technological innovation, and addressing global challenges.

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Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the BS/MS in Chemistry Dual Degree program, graduates are well-prepared for rewarding career prospects in the field of chemistry. Job opportunities for chemists exist in various sectors, including pharmaceuticals, chemical manufacturing, research and development, environmental consulting, materials science, and academia. This dual degree program opens doors to a wide range of roles, such as research scientists, quality control analysts, forensic chemists, process engineers, and educators.

Suggested Course Sequence

To assist students in achieving their academic goals within the program, we recommend the following course sequence. It is important to note that undergraduate research is highly encouraged.
Fall Semester (17 credits)
  • CHEM 151 Atomic & Molec Principles (4 credits)
  • CHEM 151L Intro to Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 111 / 111L Biology I / Lab (4 credits)
  • BRDG 101 Writing and Analysis (3 credits)
  • MATH 115 Calculus I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 153 Career Op in Chem and Biochem I (1 credit)

Spring Semester (17 credits)
  • CHEM 152 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • CHEM 152L Quantitative Analysis Lab (1 credit)
  • BIOL 112 / 112L Biology II / Lab (4 credits)
  • BRDG 102 Writing and Literature (3 credits)
  • MATH 116 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • BRDG 100 Research & Info Skills (1 credit)
Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • CHEM 228 Structure, Mech & React (4 credits)
  • CHEM 228L Org Struct & Properties Lab (1 credit)
  • PHYS 211/R Gen Analy Phys I/Rec (3 credits)
  • PHYS 211L GAP I Lab (1 credit)
  • MATH 215 Calculus III (4 credits)
  • EQ Essential Questions Seminar (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • CHEM 229 Reacts, Synths & Spectroscopy (4 credits)
  • CHEM 229L Organic Synthesis Lab (1 credit)
  • PHYS 212/R Gen Analy Phys II/Rec (3 credits)
  • PHYS 212L GAP II Lab  (1 credit)
  • ENGL 302W Scientific Writing (3 credits)
  • CHEM 154 Career Op in Chem and Biochem II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 452 Env Chemistry (Chem Elective) (3 credits)
Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • CHEM 328 Quantum Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 340 Instrumental Analysis (3 credits)
  • CHEM 419 Adv Biochemistry I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 305L/R Adv Lab Skills/R (1 credit)
  • General Elective (3 credits)
  • Bridges Course - Critical Think & Prob Solv (3 credits)

Spring Semester (16 credits)

  • CHEM 329 Thermodynamics (3 credits)
  • CHEM 312 Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 436 Adv Biochem II (Chem Elective) (3 credits)
  • SPRG 108 Service Learning in Science (0-1 credits)
  • Bridges Course - Cultural Fluency (3 credits)
  • General Elective (Theology) (3 credits)
  • CHEM 155 Career Op in Chem and Biochem III (1 credit)
Fall Semester (16 credits)
  • CHEM 426L/R Adv Exp Tech/Applct (4 credits)
  • CHEM 544 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (3 credits)
  • CHEM 503 Advanced Organic (3 credits)
  • CHEM Graduate Course* (3 credits)
  • Bridges Course - Social & Hist Reasoning (3 credits)

Spring Semester (15 credits)

  • CHEM Graduate Course* (3 credits)
  • CHEM Chemistry/Math Elective (3 credits)
  • Bridges Course - Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)
  • General Elective (Philosophy) (3 credits)
  • BRDG 105 Intro to Ethical Reasoning (3 credits)

Please note: CHEM 503 Advanced Organic and both CHEM Graduate courses count towards 30 credits of your Master's degree.
Fall Semester (10 credits)
  • CHEM 516 Research Experience I (3 credits)
  • CHEM 513 Scientific Communication I (1 credit)
  • CHEM 542 Adv Data Analysis & Stats (2 credits)
  • CHEM 573 Ethics I (1 credit)
  • CHEM Graduate Course* (3 credits)

Spring Semester (11 credits)

  • CHEM 518 Research Experience II (3 credits)
  • CHEM 515 Scientific Communication II (1 credit)
  • CHEM 575 Ethics II (1 credit)
  • CHEM Graduate Course* (3 credits)
  • CHEM Graduate Course* (3 credits)
  • CHEM 508 Biomolecular Structure Function
  • CHEM 519 Advanced Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 526 Organotransition Metal Chemistry
  • CHEM 527 Biophysical and Biochemical Char of Macro
  • CHEM 528 Polymer Chemistry
  • CHEM 529 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanisms
  • CHEM 540 Molecular Visualization and Sim Methods
  • CHEM 541 Structural Proteomics
  • CHEM 543 Protein Nucleic Acid Interactions
  • CHEM 547 Reactions Mechanisms
  • CHEM 549 Single Crystal X-ray Crystallography
  • CHEM 565 Adv Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 566 Mass Spect Instrumental Analysis
  • CHEM 567 Statistical Thermodynamics
  • CHEM 590 Green Chemistry
  • CHEM 598 Special Topics 
  • MATH 310 Linear Algebra
  • MATH 314 Differential Equations
  • MATH 335 Biostatistics II

Please Note: Other science and math electives must be at the 300-500 level.