A cross-disciplinary dual degree option is available in which students earn a BS in microelectronic engineering from the Kate Gleason College of Engineering and an MS in materials science and engineering from the College of Science. The option was inspired by trends involving the convergence of advanced materials with nanofabrication and microelectronics in modern microdevices and systems. The BS/MS option requires the 150 semester credits and includes a graduate thesis. Graduate course work is substituted for one co-op experience to make it an accelerated five-year option. A student may apply for admission in the third year with a grade-point average of at least 3.0.