The concentration provides students with a broad-based understanding in fundamental molecular sciences, as well as a background for graduate studies in physical chemistry, chemical physics, or molecular engineering. Concentrators are required to take twenty courses in chemistry, physics, and mathematics, although approved courses in applied mathematics, biology, computer science, geological sciences, or engineering may be substitutes. Chemical Physics concentrators are also advised to take at least six courses in the humanities and social sciences. Chemical Physics concentrators at all levels (first-year through seniors) are actively involved in research with faculty members in both departments.
Chemical Physics is an interdisciplinary field at the crossroads of chemistry and physics and is administered jointly by the two departments.
Students in this concentration will:
- Attain a working knowledge of basic principles of both chemistry and physics
- Understand quantitative and physical methods relevant to chemical processes
- Understand areas of physics that are related to chemical processes, including quantum mechanics and solid state physics
- Actively engage in research with faculty members in both departments
Department Undergraduate Group (DUG)
Student Leaders: Hersh Gupta, Sebastian Huamani, Sam Orenstein
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Alumni who have completed the concentration in Chemical Physics have gone on to work in academia, private industry, and government. They have pursued careers as patent attorneys, engineers, research physicists, medical physicists, marine ecologists, and management consultants.
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