Accelerated Bachelor of Science and Master in Science Degrees in Chemistry

The Chemistry Department is pleased to announce the recent approval of a new track which will allow students to earn both their B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. This track is for full time students who meet the requirements laid out below. (The traditional M.S. track that the Chemistry Department offers for part-time students is still available.)

Program requirements


Students who are interested in this program should be undergraduate chemistry majors. During their junior year, they should submit an application to the program. If accepted, students would be required to start graduate courses as well as thesis research during their senior year (in addition to the normal requirements for a B.S. degree). During their fifth year, they would complete their course work as well as a second year of research to complete their M.S. thesis. In order to apply to the program, students must have (and maintain) a minimum 3.0 GPA.

(starting point: math placement in Precalculus*)

requirements and cognates


First  YearCalorimeter

General Chemistry I & II (CHE 120/121 - fall/spring)
Precalculus* (MAT 122 - fall)
Calculus I (MAT 150 - spring) 


Second Year

Organic Chemistry I & II (CHE 260/261 - fall/spring) 
Quantitative Analysis (CHE 240 - fall or spring)
Calculus II & III (MAT 151/252 - fall/spring)
Physics I & II (PHY 230/231 - fall/spring)                                                                 
Preparation of Scientific Documents for Chemistry (CHE 301)

Third YearTitration

Physical Chemistry I & II (CHE 370/371/372/373 - fall/spring)  

Fourth Year

Inorganic Chemistry (CHE 435/436 - fall/spring)
Chemistry Seminar (CHE 496 - fall)
Chemical Hazards and Laboratory Safety (CHE 445 - spring)
Chemical Research (CHE 490/491 - fall/spring)
Two Graduate Level (5XX) Chemistry courses (fall or spring)


Fifth Year                      

Four Graduate Level (5XX) Chemistry courses (fall and spring)                                                                                                     - must include CHE 589 if student is changing research advisors from their 4th year research.

M. S. Thesis (CHE 590/591 - fall/spring)  


Application Procedure


Students formally apply to the program during their junior year. Applications will generally be due by the Friday before spring break. The application deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is Friday, March 18, 2016.

In order to apply to the program, the student must:

  1. be an SCSU chemistry major and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
  2. complete an online application form at the School of Graduate Studies website and pay the $50 application fee. As part of this application form, all undergraduate transcripts for any institution where the student has taken undergraduate courses must be forwarded to the School of Graduate Studies.
  3. submit a personal statement, and
  4. submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member indicating that they will be willing to supervise the student's research.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ericka C. Barnes
Graduate Program Coordinator       
Office: Academic Science Building 342