Chemical Physics

Division of Science and Mathematics

Centre’s major program in chemical physics serves students who have strong interests in overlapping subfields of chemistry and physics. Usually these interests focus on the spectra and structure of atoms and molecules. The Chemical Physics Program prepares students for graduate study and subsequent careers in research and/or academe.

In this program students receive a strong theoretical background in the physical sciences. Majors also study a variety of experimental techniques and become proficient in the communication of scientific information.


Bruce Rodenborn (chair), Emily Crabb, Jeff Fieberg, Kristen Fulfer, James Kelly,

Recommended First-Year/Sophomore Preparation

Students considering a major in chemical physics should consult a physics faculty member early in their first year, or via email in the summer prior before first-year course registration, about proper placement in either PHY 110 or PHY 210. Students should typically complete PHY 210 and PHY 230 by the end of their sophomore year. Note that PHY 210 is offered only in the spring and PHY 230 is offered only in the fall. Students should typically complete general chemistry course(s), either CHE 135 or both CHE 131 and CHE 132 by the end of their sophomore year. The calculus sequence, MAT 165, MAT 185, and MAT 235, should also be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Chemical Physics Courses

As noted above, this interdisciplinary major combines courses from the chemistry and physics programs in developing its major requirements.

Course Descriptions