Department of Chemistry

BS/MS Chemistry Program

Click here to download a PDF copy of the BS/MS roadmap. Please note that this is an advisory document that is meant to assist your planning, rather than to define official university policy. For the authoritative version of all official policy definitions please see the ISU Graduate and Undergraduate Catalogs.

What is the BS/MS Program?

The B.S./M.S. program is a unique opportunity for students interested in chemistry. Those accepted into the program embark upon an intensive three-year curriculum beginning in their junior year and, upon successful completion of the requirements, earn both a B.S. and an M.S. degree at the same time.

What are the advantages of entering the BS/MS Program?

Earn both a Bachelors and Masters of Science in Chemistry in five years (compared to the national average of over six and one half years for attaining the two degrees consecutively).

In the last three years of the program (from the Junior year onward) students are eligible to receive a complete tuition and fee scholarship, and an additional stipend of ca. $8,800 per year. Students receiving this funding also serve as lab instructors and grading assistants for introductory courses.

More important than the time savings and the financial benefits of the program, our B.S./M.S. students gain educational experience that is invaluable, the assigned teaching duties allow students to reinforce their understanding of foundational concepts in chemistry and further build their communication skills, working one-on-one with a faculty mentor in a research project, honing their problem-solving skills and learning how to do cutting edge science as well as learning how to convey the content of that science to the community at large by presenting their work at regional and national Chemistry conferences. Each of our students has access to extensive research instrumentation and to the expertise of our faculty in a mentoring program where the student to faculty ratio is approximately 1:1.

Upon graduation, every one of our B.S./M.S students who sought employment found immediate employment (most had multiple offers from which to choose).

We have a 100% acceptance rate for our exiting B.S./M.S students entering into either a Ph.D. program in Chemistry or a professional school.

What can I do with my degree when finished?

Upon completion of your B.S and M.S. degree in Chemistry at ISU, you will be qualified to enter into at least 30 diverse areas of potential employment.

The American Chemical Society collects data on salaries and the employment outlook for chemists.

Listed below are the employment venues of our recent graduates:

Further Educational Pursuits of Recent Graduates:

Comments from Current B.S./M.S. Students

"I have really enjoyed the BS/MS program so far. This program gives me great opportunities to gain experiences with teaching labs, doing research, and helping other students with their chemistry courses. The faculty and professors are very nice and helpful." - Christine Anh Nguyen

"The BS/MS program has been a great experience. You're able to interact more with the chemistry faculty, and they're all great. They all want to help you reach your highest potential in your courses, teaching labs, and doing research." - Chris Reed

Application Procedure

To become a candidate for the BS/MS program, submit by April 1st, the items listed below to:

BS/MS Committee
Idaho State University
Department of Chemistry
921 S 8th Ave Stop 8023
Pocatello, ID 83209

Items may also be submitted by e-mail to or in person to the Chemistry Department Office on the ISU campus, Physical Science Complex room 145.

  1. A letter of intent describing your reasons for choosing our program and how your personal strengths and goals align with your expectations of the program.
  2. Official transcripts describing all post-secondary work.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the sciences or mathematics attesting to your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
  4. A list of current courses and the grades you expect.
  5. Students may be apply to the program in the sophomore year if at the completion of that year, they will have completed 64 credit hours. At this point, the chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses completed should include CHEM 1111 & 1111L, 1112 & 1112L, 2211, 2213, 2232, 2234, 3301, 3302, 3303, and 3304, MATH 1170 & 1175, PHYS 2211, 2212, 2213, and 2214.


921 South 8th Avenue
Pocatello, Idaho, 83209