Chemical Physics

Chemical Physics is an interdisciplinary field merging the disciplines of Chemistry and Physics. A number of hot research topics, including areas of materials science, surface science, alternative energies, and nanotechnology, require an in-depth knowledge of both fields. In addition, there is much work being done to better understand the physical processes that take place in chemical reactions and chemical bonding. Such understanding can lead to advances in any chemistry-related industry, including pharmaceuticals and plastics. This major prepares students for graduate school or employment in high-tech fields like nanotechnology, materials science, the semiconductor industry, and alternative energies. The Chemical Physics major is co-administered by both Chemistry and Physics Departments.