I'm an undergrad student in Chemistry, I plan to go on to get my M.S. and maybe my Phd, and I wanted to ask about the ACS certification. My university offers two paths, a non-certified B.S. and a certified B.S. I have enough space in my schedule to take the extra classes for the ACS, but it seems to me that it would be far more beneficial to my education to simply take some graduate classes during that span, since my school allows undergrads to take up to 9 graduate credits per semester, and I plan to stay here for graduate school anyway. I guess I just feel like I would learn more from extra grad classes.
These are the extra ACS courses:
1. Differential equations (a math course I don't even have to take for a math major)
2. Graduate Thesis (idk what this even is, we already have to do an undergrad research project over the course of 3 semesters to graduate for just the regular B.S.)
3. Structure and Mechanism in Biological Chemistry
4. Any undergrad Chem Elective
Am I making an incorrect assumption? Is the ACS Bachelor's degree really that important? I'm already taking a math double major (plus a statistics minor) to try to stand out (and I also love math, in addition to chem), but would not having the ACS kill my chances at getting a job? It seems kinda useless as well since I know I'm going to go for at least a Master's degree, so who really cares whether or not my B.S. is ACS certified, right?
Also sorry if this is the wrong forum, I'm new here.