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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
This is a new program, so check back later for updated placements!
Double-counting restriction: students majoring in chemical physics cannot double-count courses towards a chemistry or physics major.
The Bachelor of Science degree in chemical physics requires the following courses with grades of C- or better:
|Semester Hours||View Full Course Catalog >>|
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-112)
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|
4 Capstone, chosen from CHEM-500 Problems in Chemistry 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-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