Chemical Physics Major

The Chemical Physics major is intended for those students who desire a more theoretical physics-oriented education.

Requirements - Foundation: Chemistry 1 (or 11 or 16) and 2 (or 12); Physics 1 (or 11) and 2 (or 12); Mathematics 32, 34, and 42 (or 39 and 44). Concentration: Ten credits of more advanced, one credit courses – four credits in Chemistry (with a perquisite of Chem 2 or 12), four credits in Physics (with a perquisite of Phys 2 or 12), and two credits in Mathematics (Math 70 or courses with a prerequisite of Math 42, 44, or 70). The courses must include the following: Physics 13; one credit in advanced laboratory training, either Physics 64 (counts as one advanced physics course) or both Chemistry 33 and 34 (count as one advanced chemistry course); either Chemistry 31 or Physics 52; either Chemistry 32 or Physics 61; and either Chemistry 51 or Chemistry 61. Faculty advisers in the chemistry and physics departments are available for consultation about the chemical physics program.


Suggested Course Sequence for Chemical Physics Majors 

UL = Intermediate or Upper Level Course 

Year Fall Spring
1 Chem 1 or 11
Math 32
Chem 2 or 12
Math 34
Phys 11 (or 1)
2 Phys 12
Math 42
Chem UL
Math UL
Chem UL
3 Phys 13
Math UL
Chem UL
Chem UL
Phys UL
4 Phys UL
Phys UL


Alternate Course Sequence for Chemical Physics Majors

Year Fall Spring
1 Phys 1 or 11
Math 32
Phys 2 or 12
Chem 1 or 16 
Math 34
2 Chem 2
Phys 13
Math 42
Phys UL
Chem UL
Math UL
3 Chem UL
Math UL
Chem UL
Phys UL
4 Chem UL Phys UL