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Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics is an interdisciplinary major that prepares a student to examine problems at the interface of Physics and Chemistry. Professionals with training in chemical physics work in diverse fields such as chemical engineering, nanotechnology, physical chemistry, or materials science. These fields require the understanding of a broad range of chemical systems, from atomic collisions to complex materials, in terms of the behavior of the individual atoms and of the particles that make up the system.

Chemical Physics Major with a Chemistry Emphasis:

58-59 credit hours
Required Courses:
CHEM 120 — Introduction to Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 202 — Organic Chemistry II (4 cr)
CHEM 242 — Analysis (4 cr)
CHEM 301 — Physical Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 302 — Physical Chemistry II (4 cr)
CHEM 311 — Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 381 — Advanced Physical Chemistry 3-(4 cr)
CHEM 399 — Independent Study: Research* (2 cr)
PHYS 221 — General Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS 222 — General Physics II (4 cr)
PHYS 361 — Electromagnetic Theory (3 cr)
PHYS 331 — Electronics for Science and Engineering (3 cr)
–or– PHYS 371 — Modern Physics I (3 cr)

Required Supportive Courses:
MATH 151 — Calculus I (4 cr)
MATH 152 — Calculus II (4 cr)
MATH 310 — Differential Equations (3 cr)

*Research (CHEM 399) may be all CHEM or split between CHEM and PHYS.
With prior Chemistry Department approval, 1 credit hour of research may be completed in an approved off-campus program (usually during the summer).

Chemical Physics Major with a Physics Emphasis:

60-61 credit hours
Required Courses:
PHYS 221 — General Physics I (4 cr)
PHYS 222 — General Physics II (4 cr)
PHYS 321 — Computational Physics (4 cr)
PHYS 331 — Electronics for Science and Engineering (3 cr)
PHYS 361 — Electromagnetic Theory (3 cr)
PHYS 371 — Modern Physics I (3 cr)
PHYS 373 — Quantum Mechanics (3 cr)
PHYS 399 — Independent Study: Research* (2 cr)
CHEM 120 — Introduction to Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 201 — Organic Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 242 — Analysis (4 cr)
CHEM 301 — Physical Chemistry I (4 cr)
CHEM 302 — Physical Chemistry II (4 cr)

One of the following courses:
CHEM 311 — Advanced Analytical Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 341 — Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (4 cr)
CHEM 381 — Advanced Physical Chemistry 3-(4 cr)

Required Supportive Courses:
MATH 151 — Calculus I (4 cr)
MATH 152 — Calculus II (4 cr)
MATH 310 — Differential Equations (3 cr)
*Research (PHYS 399) may be all PHYS or split between PHYS and CHEM. With prior Physics Department approval, both hours of research may be completed in an approved off-campus program (usually during the summer).
NOTE: A student cannot receive a major in Chemical Physics AND a major in Chemistry or Physics. Students satisfying both sets of requirements will be allowed to choose which major they wish to appear on their transcript.