Chemistry, Bachelor of Science/Master of Science (B.S./M.S.)

The Combined BS/MS Degree

The primary purpose of the B.S./M.S. degree program is to prepare chemistry majors for positions in industry and to enable students who want to strengthen their preparation for graduate and professional school education. The combined B.S./M.S. degree program is designed to be completed in five years, and is research intensive. Students will complete three semesters of undergraduate research plus another two semesters of research at the graduate level which culminates in a master’s thesis.

Prospective students are expected to have a strong undergraduate background in the sciences and a desire to perform research. Students will be considered for admission generally during their junior year after they meet the requirements for admission to the Chemistry major and have three of the five required core Chemistry courses for this program. A total of 75 credits must be fulfilled before an application will be considered. Students must have a 3.0 minimum GPA in chemistry courses and a 3.0 overall GPA. Furthermore, students must be working on a research project with a mentor. A recommendation letter from the research mentor on the student’s ability to conduct scientific research will be required. A total of 145 credit hours is required to complete the combined B.S./M.S. degree program, and students will benefit from early faculty advisement and mentoring.

Requirements for Majors

A GPA of 3.0 or higher in the major is required for graduation. The GPA in the major is calculated from courses in the major based in the major department only, and that have been taken at City College or through ePermit, including all courses in excess of the minimum required for the degree.

B.S. Degree Requirements, Foundational Courses

Foundational courses for all undergraduate programs for Chemistry must be completed before embarking upon related courses in the major. Students with appropriate background as demonstrated by the College’s Placement Exam may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. The foundational course for Calculus I (MATH 20100) is Pre-Calculus (MATH 19500), and this course must be passed with a grade of C or higher in order to proceed to the next level. The foundational course for General Chemistry I (CHEM 10301) is Pre-Calculus (MATH 19500), and this course must be passed with a grade of C or higher in order to proceed to the next level.

Course NumberTitleCredits

Non-Chemistry Core Requirements

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 10100Biological Foundations I

4

MATH 20100Calculus I

4

MATH 21200Calculus II with Introduction to Multivariable Functions

4

PHYS 20700University Physics I

4

PHYS 20800University Physics II

4

One of the following two:

Course NumberTitleCredits
EAS 10600Earth Systems Science

4

BIO 10200Biological Foundations II

4

Total Credit Hours: 24

Chemistry Core Courses

All Chemistry majors must complete "Chemistry Core Courses" and either the "Standard Chemistry Concentration" or one of the alternative concentrations. Students may also elect to satisfy the American Chemical Society Certification requirements.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM 10301General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 10401General Chemistry II

4

CHEM 24300Quantitative Analysis

4

CHEM 25000Mathematics for Physical Chemistry

2

CHEM 26100Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 26300Organic Chemistry II

3

CHEM 27200Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

3

CHEM 33000Physical Chemistry I

3

Total Credit Hours:26

Total Credit Hours: 26

Chemistry Advanced Courses

Required Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM 32002Biochemistry I

3

CHEM 33100Physical Chemistry Laboratory I

2

CHEM 33200Physical Chemistry II

3

CHEM 37400Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

3

CHEM 43400Physical Chemistry and Chemical Instrumentation Laboratory II

3

CHEM 33100: Spring semester only
CHEM 43400: Fall semester only

General Requirements

General Education Requirements (See Pathways)

Course NumberTitleCredits
Total Credit Hours:28

Electives

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM Chemistry Electives

9

Total Credit Hours:9

Honors Research

Course NumberTitleCredits
Honors Research I

3

Honors Research II

3

Honors Research III

3

Total Credit Hours:9

Total BS Degree Credits 113

MS Degree Requirements

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM B1000Inorganic Chemistry

5

CHEM B5000Organic Mechanisms

5

CHEM B9901-B9905Thesis Research

10

MS Chem Electives: (10 credits)

Any combination of Chemistry MS courses that totals 10 credits.

Course NumberTitleCredits

Total MS Degree Credits 30

Total Credit Hours: 17

Total Credit Hours: 143

Total Credit Hours Required for obtaining a B.S. degree: 120, at least 60 of which must be in the Liberal Arts and Sciences (RLA).