Catalog 2019-2020

Chemical Physics

Teaching Faculty

Professors Hales, Gron, Spayde, Tinsley, and Wright 
Associate Professor Hatch
Assistant Professors J. Gunderson and W. Gunderson


The Chemical Physics Major is designed to provide students with a strong background in theoretical physical science and mathematics. It involves interpretation of spectra and provides an understanding of modern models of structure, both necessary for understanding matter at the atomic and molecular level. Majors also study a variety of experimental techniques and become proficient in the communication of scientific information. The Chemical Physics Major is particularly effective in preparing students for graduate study and careers in engineering, research, and teaching. Students receiving the Chemical Physics Major cannot receive a minor or a second major in physics or chemistry.

Major in Chemical Physics

14 courses distributed as follows:

Mathematics (3 courses)

  • MATH 130 Calculus I
  • MATH 140 Calculus II
  • MATH 260 Differential Equations

Physics (4 courses)

  • PHYS 230 General Physics I (Calculus-based)
    PHYS 235 General Physics I (Workshop)
  • PHYS 240 General Physics II (Calculus-based)
    PHYS 245 General Physics II (Workshop)
  • PHYS 305 Vibrations and Waves
  • PHYS 430 Quantum Mechanics

Chemistry (4 courses)

  • CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 General Chemistry I and II
  • CHEM 240 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 310 Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy

Electives (3 courses)

  • CHEM 320 Physical Chemistry: Thermodynamics and Chemical Kinetics
    PHYS 470 Thermal Physics
  • 2 courses from:  
          CHEM 350 Advanced Analytical Chemistry
          CHEM 440 Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
          PHYS 320 Electrodynamics
          PHYS 340 Electronics

Senior Capstone Experience

The Senior Capstone Experience in Chemical Physics consists of completing the Senior Capstone Experience for either the chemistry or physics major.

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