CoC-Haas Simultaneous Degree - Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for completing a simultaneous degree with Haas?

College of Chemistry students who would like to pursue the simultaneous degree must be admitted to Haas through the regular Haas admission process and complete all requirements for both majors, including Haas’ 7-course breadth requirement.

Can current students pursue the simultaneous degree?

Yes, current College of Chemistry students may apply to Haas. To be eligible, students must have completed the Haas prerequisites and a minimum of 60 units by the end of the Spring semester prior to starting at the Haas School of Business in the Fall.

Students may pursue the simultaneous degree as long as they are admitted to Haas and can complete the Haas requirements within two academic years after admission to Haas. Please see the Haas admissions website for more information.

Can CoC Transfer students pursue the simultaneous degree?

No, students who transfer into the College of Chemistry as juniors are not eligible.

Will students pursuing the simultaneous degree receive priority enrollment in Haas prerequisite classes?

Unfortunately no. College of Chemistry students will not receive priority enrollment for Haas prerequisites. However, once you’re admitted into Haas, you’ll receive the same priority enrollment in UGBA courses as any other Haas major.

When can I apply to Haas?

Applications are accepted November 1-30. Late applications are not accepted; incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Go to the Haas Admissions Application & Selection page for more information.

Is there a limit to the number of CoC students accepted into the simultaneous degree?

All College of Chemistry students who are admitted to Haas through the regular application process may pursue the simultaneous degree. Please note admission to Haas is very competitive and not guaranteed; see the Haas Admissions webpage for more information.

Can I extend my graduation date in order to complete the simultaneous degree?

You should plan to complete requirements for both majors by your original expected date of graduation. However, extensions may be granted on a case-by-case basis.  

Can I graduate from the Business major in Spring and then graduate from the College of Chemistry in Fall?

No. Students pursuing simultaneous degrees must graduate from both majors in the same semester.

What’s the difference between the MET program and this simultaneous degree?

While both paths offer the opportunity to study both a STEM discipline and business, the MET is a single degree program open only to high school applicants. However, current students can pursue a simultaneous degree as long as they are admitted to each major separately and complete all requirements for each major and college. Current College of Chemistry students must receive admission to Haas through their regular application process.

What are the benefits of pursuing a simultaneous degree?

Bridging the worlds of chemistry or chemical engineering and business provides a unique opportunity to develop multidimensional perspectives and to make interesting connections across fields and categories. Some advantages of pursuing the simultaneous degree may include:

  • Whether you start at the bench or as a business analyst, you’ll be well-positioned for advancement in roles that blend science/tech and business
  • You’ll be sought after by startups that involve chemistry, chemical biology, or chemical engineering
  • If you plan to go to graduate school, many programs will value the breadth and depth of your training and will know you’re capable of doing rigorous, intensive work

Please also take a look at the advantages listed on the Haas Simultaneous Degree web page.

What are the drawbacks of pursuing a simultaneous degree?

Simultaneous degrees demand a LOT of work and admission to Haas is NOT guaranteed. Students will need to complete all requirements for both majors and colleges which may delay their graduation. Due to the heavier course load, students will have limited time for extracurricular activities and may need to make additional sacrifices (e.g. foregoing study abroad, internships, research, etc.).

Please note: Haas considers your leadership and extracurricular experiences a significant aspect of your application.

Please also take a look at the disadvantages listed on the Haas Simultaneous Degree web page.

I have more questions about the Haas admissions process—where should I go?

Please take a look at Haas’ Admissions FAQs and feel free to visit the Haas Undergraduate Program Office

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