Here's a winning formula

Combine your love of physics, interest in chemistry and outstanding math skills into career opportunities with exciting growth potential. Chemical physics is the perfect major if you're interested in how our world works on a chemical level, but don't want to pursue a double major.

You'll develop a firm foundation in the fundamentals and applications of chemical theories in the physical world and be ready to pursue an advanced degree in physics, chemistry, chemical physics, theoretical chemistry/physics or biophysics.

Chemical physics graduates have a variety of career options that span many industries—material engineering, physics and/or chemistry research, biotechnology, electronics, petroleum, pharmaceuticals or medicine.

Bridging chemistry and physics

You'll get a strong foundation in the basics and a selection of upper-level courses that expose you to spectroscopic, computational, instrumental and mathematical methods.

You'll also gain analytical, critical-thinking, scientific writing and oral communication skills.

Important topics like quantum mechanics and thermodynamics will be viewed through a broader context by examining them from both chemical and physical perspectives.
And you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities with more than $1 million in instrumentation.

Twice the opportunities

Get involved in research with chemistry and physics faculty beginning your first semester, and graduate having had opportunities to co-author research papers or travel to or present at national conferences.

With this broad education in chemistry, physics and math, you'll be highly marketable to graduate school programs and prospective employers.

Our students go on to graduate school at:

University of Utah
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Lehigh University

This is a new program, so check back later for updated placements!

Requirements for the Majors in Chemistry, Biochemistry and Chemical Physics. Susquehanna offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and Bachelor of Science degrees in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical physics. Two biochemistry tracks are available: an ACS-Certified track and a Biology-Intensive track. The ACS-Certified track includes courses that cover properties of metals, spectroscopic techniques and instrumental methods that will prepare students for careers or graduate programs in the areas of biochemistry or biophysics. The Biology-Intensive track includes courses that will offer a solid foundation in chemical principles in addition to biological systems and will prepare students for careers or graduate programs in the biological sciences or biochemistry, or the health care professions.

Double-counting restriction: students pursuing a chemistry or biochemistry major in the chemistry department may double-count a maximum of 16 semester hours toward another major or minor.

The Bachelor of Science degree in chemical physics requires the following courses with grades of C- or better: 

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 4        General Chemistry I (Choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111)

 4        General Chemistry II (Choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232)

 4        Introductory Physics I: Calculus (Choose from: PHYS-203 or PHYS-204)

 4        Introductory Physics II: Calculus (PHYS-206)

4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
4 CHEM-341 Physical Chemistry I
4 CHEM-342 Physical Chemistry II
4 PHYS-404 Thermodynamics and Statistical Methods
4 MATH-111 Calculus I
4 MATH-112 Calculus II
4 MATH-201 Linear Algebra

 2        Capstone, chosen from CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry and Biochemistry or PHYS-550 Physics Research

Other requirements: Students must select at least four courses from the following list, with at least one course from each department and no more than two courses from a single department. Students may take additional courses as long as the total number of semester hours in the major does not exceed 64.


CHEM-306 Nanoscience

CHEM-430 Instrumental Analysis


MATH-211 Multivariate Calculus

MATH-353 Differential Equations


PHYS-101 Introduction to Digital and Analog Electronics

PHYS-105 Independent Thought and Exploration in Physics

PHYS-306 Modern Physics

Samya Bano Zain, Ph.D.

Department: Physics
Associate Professor of Physics
Experimental Particle Physics

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Phone Number 570-372-4006

Swarna Basu, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Geneive Elizabeth Henry, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4222

Wade Johnson, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Lou Ann Tom, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4540

William G. Dougherty, Jr, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Carl Edward Faust, Ph.D.

Department: Physics
Assistant Professor of Physics
Atomic Molecular Physics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4471

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