Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (ACS)/Master of Science in Chemistry

This program will provide strong, qualified undergraduates an avenue to accelerate their time to the MS degree.  The program allows undergraduates to begin taking graduate level courses when they have completed 90 credit hours toward their baccalaureate degree, but no undergraduate course may count toward the accelerated Master’s degree. This accelerated program is also a financial and time saving degree plan.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

This program will provide strong, qualified undergraduates an avenue to accelerate their time to the MS degree, which will benefit the student financially.  Possessing a Master’s degree in Chemistry will meet a job market that increasingly demands advanced education. Jobs for individuals with Master’s degrees in Chemistry include positions in the private sector, such as the pharmaceutical industry, analysis labs, quality control, R&D, and the energy sector (both renewables and oil & gas) -- in addition to continuing graduate school toward a Ph.D. in chemistry or biochemistry whereby a Master’s degree enhances admission chances in higher-ranking universities (often with a more attractive admission/scholarship package).

Admissions

Admission Requirements

To apply to the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's program in Chemistry, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled as a TWU Chemistry major.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 72 but no more than 90 hours of coursework toward the bachelor's.
  • Have a minimum of 12 hours remaining in chemistry courses toward the major.

How to Apply to the Accelerated Program

To apply, students must:

  1. Receive approval from the Division Lead.
  2. Once admitted to the Accelerated Program students must apply to the graduate M.S. in Chemistry program. Students cannot enroll in graduate-level coursework until accepted by the Graduate School.

Accelerated Graduate Program Policy Guidelines

Students may apply to the accelerated graduate degree program once they have attained advanced junior standing with at least 72 undergraduate semester credit hours (SCH). Upon admission to an accelerated program, students with senior standing (90 earned SCH) may enroll in graduate courses for credit. Approved courses will apply to both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.

Conditions

  • Undergraduate students may enroll in no more than 6 SCH of graduate coursework in each semester or term.
  • Minimal criteria for admission will include a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. The program may set higher GPA requirements as outlined on their TWU graduate program website at the time of graduate application.
  • Once admitted to an accelerated program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the remainder of their baccalaureate degree, or their admission to the accelerated graduate program may be revoked. Academic components may set additional requirements for their programs.

Graduate Application Process

All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional graduate admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the graduate program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120

Major:  55 SCH

Program Code: BIOCHEM.BS.ACS.ACC   CIP Code: 26.0202.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

CHEM 1001Horizons of Chemistry and Biochemistry I: Career Possibilities1
CHEM 1101Horizons of Chemistry and Biochemistry II: Current Applications1
CHEM 1213
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 1223
CHEM 1221
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 3413
CHEM 3411
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3423
CHEM 3421
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 3333
CHEM 3331
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
4
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 3643Biochemistry II3
CHEM 3713
CHEM 3711
Environmental Chemistry I
and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 4001Research Presentations in Chemistry and Biochemistry1
CHEM 4311Instrumental Analysis Laboratory1
CHEM 5323Advanced Analytical Chemistry3
CHEM 4511Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 5523Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
CHEM 4983Undergraduate Research3
CHEM 4991Senior Thesis1
Total SCHs55

Departmental Requirements

MATH 2014Calculus I4
MATH 2024Calculus II4
PHYS 2153
PHYS 2151
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
4
PHYS 2163
PHYS 2161
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
4
Total SCHs16

Electives

Choose 7 SCH not already taken7
Biochemistry II
Undergraduate Research
Independent Study
Linear Algebra
Matrix Methods
Calculus III
Differential Equations
Probability and Statistics
Advanced Physical Chemistry
Advanced Organic Chemistry
Advanced Biochemistry I
Special Topics
Total SCHs7

Plan of Study

First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
CHEM 1001Horizons of Chemistry and Biochemistry I: Career Possibilities 1
CHEM 1213
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
MATH 2014Calculus I MATH 24134
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 1406
& BIOL 1106
4
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
Wellness/Mathematics CAO Core2
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
CHEM 1101Horizons of Chemistry and Biochemistry II: Current Applications 1
CHEM 1223
CHEM 1221
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
MATH 2024Calculus II MATH 24144
BIOL 1113
BIOL 1111
Principles of Biology I
and Principles of Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 1406
& BIOL 1106
4
Multicultural Women's Studies CAO Core3
 SCHs 16
Second Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 2213
CHEM 2211
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 2323
& CHEM 2123
4
PHYS 2153
PHYS 2151
General Physics I
and General Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 2325
& PHYS 2125
4
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
 SCHs 14
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3223
CHEM 3221
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
4
PHYS 2163
PHYS 2161
General Physics II
and General Physics Laboratory II
PHYS 2326
& PHYS 2126
4
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
CHEM 3333
CHEM 3331
Quantitative Chemical Analysis
and Quantitative Chemical Analysis Laboratory
4
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 3413
CHEM 3411
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory I
4
CHEM 3633
CHEM 3632
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry I Laboratory
5
CHEM 4313
CHEM 4311
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
(OR: CHEM 4513/4511 Inorganic Chemistry)
4
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
CHEM 3423
CHEM 3421
Physical Chemistry II
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory II
4
CHEM 3643Biochemistry II 3
CHEM 3713
CHEM 3711
Environmental Chemistry I
and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory I
4
 SCHs 11
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
CHEM 4983Undergraduate Research 3
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
CHEM 3643Biochemistry II 3
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
CHEM 5323
CHEM 4311
Advanced Analytical Chemistry
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
(OR: CHEM 5523/4511)
4
 SCHs 16
SpringTCCN
CHEM 4991Senior Thesis 1
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core3
CHEM 4001Research Presentations in Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
Elective5
Creative Arts Core Course3
 SCHs 16
 Total SCHs:  120