B.S./M.S Joint Degree
Undergraduate Program in Chemistry
Under special circumstances, exceptional undergraduate students may be awarded a joint B.S./M.S. degree in Chemistry. Students with demonstrated academic excellence may petition the Chemistry Graduate Studies Committee and the Chemistry Curriculum and Undergraduate Studies Committee.
Petitions should be submitted no later than Add Day of the Spring of their second year, but students are strongly encouraged to contact the Graduate Option Representative as early as possible, who will assign them to an academic graduate advisor. They must fulfill all institute and option requirements for both the B.S. and M.S. degrees; no courses can satisfy B.S. and M.S. degree requirements simultaneously. Coursework for the M.S. portion of the degree must be taken from courses numbered 100 and above on a letter-grade basis, and passed with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.
As a junior, students must take 27 units of research in Ch82 and complete all requirements including a written thesis and oral presentation. The thesis must be judged exceptional by a committee comprising the research advisor, graduate academic advisor, Ch82 instructor, and Chair of the Graduate Studies Committee, in order to continue with the B.S./M.S. program. As a senior, the students must take 27 units of research as Ch182 and is expected to satisfy all requirements, including submission of a Master's Thesis and oral presentation. No additional units of research beyond these 54 units can be used to meet the course requirements.