The B.S./M.S. Chemistry Accelerated Pathway Program is designed for academically strong (must maintain a GPA of 3.0) and research-oriented students who want to get a head-start on their graduate degree while still an undergraduate. A traditional Master's program generally takes about two years to complete, while the B.S./M.S. Chemistry Accelerated Pathway Program takes only one additional year beyond the B.S. degree to complete. The admitted student proceeds with the usual requirements of a B.S. Chemistry degree, except that they are required to take two semesters of research courses along with two additional graduate-level Chemistry courses in their senior year. These four courses comprise 12 of the 30 required M.S. credits. The student would then take the remaining 18 Chemistry graduate credits in their 5th year (six credits of which are devoted to Master's level research involving a thesis proposal and graduate thesis), obtaining a Master's Degree in Chemistry at the end of that year.
Students should discuss their intent to apply to the accelerated program with the graduate coordinator in their junior year at the latest. In order to apply to the program, a student must be an SCSU chemistry major, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and be able to identify a faculty member that is willing to supervise the student's research.