The accelerated B.S./M.S. program offers a mechanism whereby highly motivated students can fulfill the requirements of an ACS-certified B.S. Chemistry degree and a Plan A or Plan B M.S. Chemistry degree in five years. Students making satisfactory progress towards the B.S. Chemistry degree may enroll in this program upon completion of the prerequisite coursework described below. For most students, this will occur after the fall semester of their junior year. Upon completion these requirements, students will enroll in the graduate program via Track III admission, and upon satisfactory completion of all undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, will be awarded the B.S. and the M.S. degree.

The minimum requirements for admission to the B.S./M.S. program in Chemistry are:

  1. Coursework (or equivalent transfer courses): Select one group when multiple options are available. This required coursework must be completed with cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.

  1. Minimum university cumulative GPA of 3.00.
  2. Minimum AUCC cumulative GPA of 2.00.
  1. Students are encouraged to apply to the program in the second semester of their Junior year to receive the full benefit of the program. Students may enroll in the program at any time through the last semester of their senior year or until 120 undergraduate credits have been completed.
  2. To apply to the program, students will submit an application to Kathy Lucas either by email (kathy.lucas@colostate.edu) or in person, Chemistry Main Office, Room B101. You can access the application form here:  http://www.chem.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2012/02/BSMS-Application.pdf. An admission decision will be made by the Chemistry Department Graduate Admissions Committee in the semester the application was received. A fee will be paid to the Graduate School upon graduation from the B.S.
  3. Students are asked to submit two letters of recommendation from CSU faculty as well as one research statement. All documents will be submitted as one PDF document.
  4. As part of the application process, each student will receive a list of faculty interested in serving as research advisor to B.S./M.S. students, as well as information about available research projects in each lab. Students will then interview at least three of these faculty members, after which they will select a faculty member who will serve as their B.S./M.S. research advisor. Selection of an advisor is a prerequisite for admission into the B.S./M.S. program.
  1. Upon admission to the program, the Graduate Operations Committee will assign the student a graduate committee consisting of their faculty research advisor, one additional Chemistry faculty, and one faculty member from a different department. At least one of the committee members must be a tenured faculty in the Chemistry Department.
  2. Students will complete all remaining coursework toward the completion of the B.S. degree in Chemistry while they are enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program (See sample schedule). During their senior year, students making satisfactory progress may receive advanced placement in one or more graduate level (500+) courses. These courses may be used to fulfill upper division science electives toward the B.S. degree or may be used to fulfill coursework requirements in the M.S. program, but not both.
  3. Upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, students will be awarded their B.S. degree in Chemistry. Students may opt out of the B.S./M.S. program at any time with no penalty.
  4. Each student must complete a GS6 (Program of Study) form during the first semester after completion of their undergraduate degree requirements as well as the Exclusion Form. The advisor will assist in the completion of these forms. At this point, the student will decide whether they plan to work towards an M.S. degree under Plan A or Plan B.
  5. An important element of the B.S./M.S. program is the independent research component. Students will begin working on an independent research project under their advisor’s supervision during their first semester in the B.S./M.S. program. This research will serve as the basis for the student’s M.S. thesis or other scholarly work in fulfillment of the M.S. degree, depending on whether the student completes the Plan A or Plan B M.S. program. Credit may be received for this research effort by enrolling in CHEM 498 (Research) prior to completing the undergraduate degree requirements. These research credits may be used to fulfill upper division science electives towards the B.S. degree. It is expected that students will complete at least 3-credits of CHEM 498 for each semester they are enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program prior to the completion of their undergraduate degree requirements. After the undergraduate degree requirements have been completed, students will continue pursuing their research as M.S. students. Credit for this research at the M.S. level will be received by enrolling in CHEM 698 (Research) or CHEM 699 (Thesis), depending on whether the student is pursuing a Plan A or Plan B M.S. degree.
  6. The Plan A and Plan B M.S. program coursework requirements for students enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program are attached below. Students may complete some of this coursework during the senior year of their undergraduate program. The remaining coursework will be completed while the student is enrolled in the graduate program (See sample schedule).
  7. Additional requirements for the Plan A and Plan B M.S. degree are outlined below. These include the completion of a thesis or other scholarly work. Students in the B.S./M.S. program have the option of completing some or all of their master’s requirements while they are still completing undergraduate degree requirements. The thesis or other scholarly work requirement will be completed during the student’s final semester in the M.S. program. This requirement should be based on the independent research project the students have worked on throughout the program.
  8. To remain in the B.S./M.S. program, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or above.

Plan A

  • Total Credits: 30
    • Graduate Courses in Chemistry (500+): 15 credits
    • CHEM 6991 (Thesis): 10 credits
    • CHEM 793 (Seminar): 2 credits
    • Electives2: 3 credits
  • Additional Requirements: Students must complete a faculty refereed scientific presentation. Students may fulfill this requirement in one of two ways:
    • Students may give a public seminar based on the scientific literature.
    • Students may give a public seminar based on their thesis research.
  • Students must write and defend a thesis based on their B.S./M.S. research conducted at CSU; this thesis must be judged to be properly formatted by the Graduate School.
  • Notes:
    • 1  Up to 7 credits of CHEM 699 may be satisfied by CHEM 698.
    • 2  Electives may include additional coursework from other departments; CHEM 698 (Research); additional credits of CHEM 699; up to 2 additional CHEM 793 (Seminar) credits; CHEM 751 (Methods of Chemistry Laboratory Instruction; or CHEM 784 (Supervised College Teaching).

Plan B

  • Total Credits: 30
    • Graduate Courses in Chemistry (500+): 15 credits
    • CHEM 6981 (Research): 10 credits
    • CHEM 793 (Seminar): 2 credits
    • Electives2: 3 credits
  • Additional Requirements: Students must complete a faculty refereed scientific work. Students may fulfill this requirement in one of two ways:
    • Students may give a public seminar based on the scientific literature in the field of their M.S. degree research.
    • Students may give a public seminar based on their M.S. degree research.
  • Students must write and defend a thesis based on their B.S./M.S. research conducted at CSU; this thesis must be judged to be properly formatted by the Graduate School.
  • Notes:
    • 1  Up to 10 credits of CHEM 698 may be satisfied by CHEM 699.
    • 2  Electives may include additional coursework from other departments; CHEM 698 (Research); additional credits of CHEM 699; up to 2 additional CHEM 793 (Seminar) credits; CHEM 751 (Methods of Chemistry Laboratory Instruction; or CHEM 784 (Supervised College Teaching).

FAQs

Who can I contact if I have more questions?

Kathy Lucas can be reached either by email (kathy.lucas@colostate.edu) or in person at the Chemistry Main Office, Room B101.

What are the admission criteria?

  • Completion of at least 75 credits hours, of which at least 15 credits must be from upper division (300+) courses
  •  A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completion of the following courses (or equivalent transfer courses) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above: CHEM 111 (or 117 and 192), 112, 113, 114; MATH 160, 161 (or 271); PH 141, 142; CHEM 334 and 335; CHEM 345 and 346 (or 341, 343, and 344); and CHEM 474 (or CHEM 473) and 475.

What are the expectations for the program?

  • Upon admission to the program, the student will be assigned a graduate committee consisting of their faculty research advisor, one additional Chemistry faculty, and one faculty member from a different department.
  • Students will complete all remaining coursework toward the completion of the B.S. degree in Chemistry while they are enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program. During their senior year, students making satisfactory progress may receive advanced placement in one or more graduate level (500+) courses. These courses may be used to fulfill upper division science electives toward the B.S. degree and/or may be used to fulfill coursework requirements in the M.S. Program.
  • Upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements, students will be awarded their B.S. degree in Chemistry. Students may opt out of the BS/MS program at any time with no penalty.

Where can I (or they) find information about the program's components?

Can students go from the BS/MS into the PhD program? If so, what is the mechanism for this?

  • Yes.
  • The application process is the same as for any incoming graduate student.
    • Please visit here for more information.

How is a thesis incorporated into the degree plan?

  • Students can choose if they wish to pursue a thesis-based MS degree or a non-thesis MS degree.
  • Ideally, students have begun working on an independent research project under their advisor’s supervision prior to applying for the BS/MS program; however, once students are admitted, they will have a short time to find an advisor.
  • Credit may be received for this research effort by enrolling in CHEM 498 (Research) prior to completing the undergraduate degree requirements. These research credits may be used to fulfill upper division science electives towards the B.S. degree. It is expected that students will complete at least 3-credits of CHEM 498 for each semester they are enrolled in the B.S./M.S. program prior to the completion of their undergraduate degree requirements.
  • After the undergraduate degree requirements have been completed, students will continue pursuing their research as M.S. students. Credit for this research at the M.S. level will be received by enrolling in CHEM 698 (Research) or CHEM 699 (Thesis), depending on whether the student is pursuing a Plan A or Plan B M.S. degree. Honors students may use the research component of this program to fulfill the Honors Thesis requirements.

When do students start to take grad classes?

  • Students will begin taking graduate classes during their second semester of senior year.
  • There are exceptions to this.

Do BS/MS students earn the BS degree after 4 years (and go through graduation) or do they have to wait to complete the MS before graduating?

  • Since this is a sequential degree program, students earn their B.S. degree then they complete their M.S. degree.
  • This means that they can go through graduation after they complete their BS degree requirements.

How can I choose a faculty research advisor for my MS?

  • Students will rotate with at least two faculty members, before submitting a request to the Graduate Operations Committee before the end of their BS degree
  • Details can be found at this link: BS-MS text
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