Dual-Degree Bachelor and Master's Programs
Dual-Degree Opportunities to Earn the B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. Degrees Program
We are proud to offer three dual-degree opportunities! Currently, our dual-degree program is designed for you to earn a B.S. in Chemistry degree and an M.S. degree in only five years, instead of the traditional six years. In this program, we currently offer an M.S. in Chemistry, M.S. in Environmental Science Management, or M.S. in Education. This is an excellent route to earn a Master's degree in a chemistry field, enabling you to get ahead in less time and with lower costs! Having the M.S. degree improves your chances of finding a job or getting into professional school (e.g. medical school, graduate school) and, according to the American Chemical Society, earn an average of $19,000 more per year than having a just a B.S. degree.
There are several other advantages to this great program:
- Your transition to graduate-level courses begins during the senior year, causing about half of the graduate course credits to cost the less expensive undergradate rate; so it is more cost effective compared to a traditional six year apporach of having two additional years to earn the M.S. degree
- Because the graduate-level course work begins in the senior year, earning the M.S. degree requires only one additional year, this decreases time compared to the traditional six years as well as costs less since a sixth year of college at a graduate school rate is eliminated
- The likely increased salary compared to a B.S. degree along with decreased tuition costs compared to the traditional six years to earn the B.S. and M.S. dergrees makes this a win-win situation
- You can still earn the prestigious American Chemical Society accredited B.S. in Chemistry degree
- You will get more in-depth, hands-on lab research experiences learning together with faculty, better preparing you for a professional career in chemical industry, government, or professional school after graduation
- Opportunities to easily continue your projects from undergraduate research into your graduate work
- Further development of your important critical thinking skills and knowledge needed to work in today's chemical industry, government, or professional school
If you are interested in this advantageous opportunity, you should officially apply by the fall of your junior year. We also strongly recommend you look into research projects as an undergraduate, as early as spring of your freshman year, since a component of the M.S.-level work requires laboratory research. Performing research over a longer period will help develop your critical laboratory, analytical, and thinking skills as well as provide a more developed research project during your Master's year. We suggest that you look into each professor and their research, then email them to set up an appointment to discuss your opportunities.
We currently offer three dual degree programs, and anticipate more being soon available: