Jul 02, 2022  
2021-2022 Catalogue 
2021-2022 Catalogue

Chemical Physics, B.A.

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Karl Feierabend, (Chemistry, Chair)
Niklas Manz, (Physics, Chair)


Chemical physics provides an interdisciplinary approach to the fields of chemistry and physics using mathematical techniques.  The major allows students to explore the interface between chemistry and physics by studying structure, surfaces, bonding, atoms and molecules.  By combining the methodologies and knolwedge of physics and chemistry, many intriguing scientific questions can be addressed by a student with a strong predilection for mathematics and the physical aciences.

Special Notes

  • The Junior and Senior Independent Study courses must be in the same department.
  • For students who begin in CHEM 11100 , the required CHEM 31900  will count as their upper-level Chemistry elective.
  • Examples of courses commonly taken as the elective Chemistry and/or Physics courses are: Organic Chemistry (CHEM 21100 , CHEM 21200 ), Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 21500 ), Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 34000 ), Principles of Biochemistry (BCMB 33100 ), Mathematical Methods for the Physical Sciences (PHYS 20200 ), Mechanics (PHYS 30100 ), Thermal Physics (PHYS 30200 ), and Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS 30400 ).
  • No minor is offered in Chemical Physics.
  • Students may not double major in Chemical Physics and in any of the participating departments of Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics. Any student who anticipates attending graduate school in chemistry or physics should also take additional courses in those disciplines.
  • Interested students should discuss plans with the chairperson of the Department of Chemistry or Physics.
  • The S/NC grading option may not be used for courses required for this major.
  • All courses and associated labs must be completed with a C- or better.

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