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Dual Degree Programs

The Dual Degree Programs provide strong options for students who wish to consider obtaining a master's degree while enrolled at Duquesne University.

Programs of Study

I. Secondary Science Education

B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Education

Students begin as a Biology major, taking all Biology requirements. In the third year, students apply to the School of Education for admission into the M.S. program. During the fourth year, students begin taking education courses and, during the fifth year, take exclusively education courses. View the suggested curriculum sequence.

B.S. in Chemistry / M.S. in Education

Students begin as a Chemistry major, taking all Chemistry requirements. In the third year, students apply to the School of Education for admission into the M.S. program. During the fourth year, students begin taking education courses and, during the fifth year, take exclusively education courses. View the suggested course sequence.

B.S. in Physics / M.S. in Education

Students begin as a Physics major, taking all Physics requirements.  In the third year, students apply to the School of Education for admission into the M.S. program. During the fourth year, students begin taking education courses and, during the fifth year, take exclusively education courses. View the suggested curriculum sequence.

II. Physics - Binary Engineering

B.A. in Physics / B.S. in Engineering — Binary Engineering Program

Today's successful engineers have acquired a broad range of professional experiences and must have a well-rounded education in mathematics, the sciences, and the liberal arts.

The Department of Physics offers a Binary Engineering Program — a five-year, dual degree program resulting in a Bachelor of Arts in physics and a Bachelor of Science in engineering. Students first attend Duquesne University for three years and then spend two years at an associate school, either Case Western Reserve or the University of Pittsburgh. Recent graduates have obtained positions as chemical and environmental engineers with industry, engineering firms, and the US Air Force. View the suggested curriculum sequence.

III. Biotechnology

B.S. in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry) / M.S. in Biotechnology

The M.S. in Biotechnology provides the benefits of an advanced degree with only one additional year of study. Early admission into the program will allow you to start earning graduate credits while still an undergraduate student with all of the financial advantages involved.

Many biotechnology courses are taught in the evening and late afternoon at times that allow undergraduates enrolled in the 4+1 program to easily schedule graduate electives that count toward the M.S. in Biotechnology.

IV. Environmental Science and Management

B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Environmental Science and Management

Students apply directly to the Environmental Science and Management program and, after acceptance, can choose to study for a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Environmental Science.

All the requirements for the Biology degree are the same as for a Biology major but, in the forth year, courses in environmental science are taken. These courses count toward biology electives and ESM requirements. View the suggested curriculum sequence.

B.S. in Chemistry/ M.S. in Environmental Science and Management

Students apply directly to the Environmental Science and Management program and, after acceptance, can choose to study for a B.S. in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, or Environmental Science.

All the requirements for the Chemistry degree are the same as for a Chemistry major but, in the fourth year, courses in environmental science are taken. These courses count toward Chemistry electives and requirements for Environmental Science and Management. View the suggested course sequence.

B.S. in Environmental Science / M.S. in Environmental Science and Management

The dual-degree B.S./M.S. program follows the same curriculum as the other undergraduate majors in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. During your junior year, you will begin integrating Environmental Science and Management (ESM) graduate coursework into your studies.

You will earn your B.S. after your fourth year if all university and Bayer School core curriculum requirements have been met. To continue with the graduate program, you'll need a GPA of 3.0 or greater. You will earn the Master of Science after completing the ESM requirements during your fifth year.