Undergraduate Catalog 2005- 2006

Combined Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs

This degree option results in the awarding of a single combined degree that joins specific programs or disciplines from two degree levels (e.g., BA/MA, BS/MBA). Combined degree programs registered by the State Education Department (SED) offer UB students the opportunity to pursue their educational objectives at an accelerated pace by compressing the courses normally taken at the end of the undergraduate degree with those customarily taken at the beginning of a graduate degree. These programs are designed for students who have demonstrated exceptional promise. Students in these programs will complete fewer undergraduate courses than students who choose to pursue the two degrees separately. In certain circumstances, however, the combined degree will not qualify the student for licensure if licensure is based upon the complete undergraduate curriculum. Students in professional programs should discuss licensure requirements with their advisors if they are considering the combined degree option.

Combined degrees have a two-tier tuition structure. Over the course of a combined degree program, the student will be charged the tuition that corresponds to the appropriate divisional rate. For example, if a student in the combined BA/MBA program in management were required to complete three years of undergraduate coursework and two years of graduate coursework, the student would be classified as an undergraduate and billed at the undergraduate rate for the equivalent of three years. At the conclusion of this period, the student's division would change to graduate and the student would be classified and billed accordingly.

Students choosing to leave the combined degree program and pursue separate undergraduate and graduate degrees will have their billing altered in the following manner. Students who are in the undergraduate portion of the program when they choose to leave the combined degree program will continue with their undergraduate coursework and be billed accordingly; however, these students will not be permitted to take graduate courses until they complete their baccalaureate degree and are admitted formally to a graduate program through the normal process. Students pursuing the graduate portion of the combined degree program when they choose to leave the combined degree program will continue to be charged at the graduate level even for those courses taken at the undergraduate level after this point in time.

The minimum residency requirement for a combined degree is 42 credit hours at UB. Successful completion of all program requirements will result in the conferral of a single combined degree as registered by SED. Interested students should consult with their academic advisors.

Combined Degree Programs

Aerospace Engineering/Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A. Geography, B.A./M.A.
Biochemical Pharmacology, B.S./M.S. Exercise Science/Nutrition, B.S./M.S.
Biological Sciences, B.A./M.S. Geography/Business Administration, B.A./M.B.A.
Biological Sciences/Dentistry B.S./D.D.S. Geological Sciences, B.A./M.A.
Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A. Industrial Engineering/Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A.
Chemical Engineering/Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A. Linguistics (applied)/English for Speakers of Other Languages, B.A./Ed.M.
Civil Engineering, B.S./M.E. Mathematics, B.A./M.A.
Civil Engineering/Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A. Mechanical Engineering/Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A.
Computational Physics/Physics, B.S./M.S. Medicinal Chemistry, B.S./M.S.
Computer Science, B.S./M.S. Nursing, B.S./M.S.
Computer Science/Business Administration, B.A./M.B.A. Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy, B.S./M.S.
Economics, B.A./M.A. Pharmaceutical Sciences, B.S./M.S.
Economics/Business Administration, B.A./M.B.A. Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Health and Human Services concentration)/Social Work, B.A./M.S.W.
Electrical Engineering/Business Administration, B.S./M.B.A. Sociology/Social Work, B.A./M.S.W.