The ABM track in Chemistry allows an outstanding student to complete the requirements for both B.S. and M.S. degrees in an accelerated timeframe. Students begin their research and graduate coursework while earning their B.S. degree. Up to 12 credit hours of coursework is double-counted toward both the B.S. and M.S. degree requirements.
Students with a minimum GPA of 3.000 may apply to the ABM track after earning at least 60 credits (at least 24 credits earned at WCU for transfer students). After consultation with the Graduate Program Director, students apply by completing the online graduate school application. After the student receives the B.S. degree, he or she is officially enrolled in the M.S. degree program in Chemistry, and the graduate credits taken as an undergraduate are transferred to the graduate degree.
Students can select from the comprehensive concentration, the environmental chemistry concentration or the professional science concentration. Each concentration includes a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate study, including a thesis defense or an internship, depending on the concentration. More information about the different concentrations and their requirements can be found here.
More information about the qualifications and application process can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog. (Search for "chemistry".)