Chemical Physics Degrees


Degree Offered Doctor of Philosophy. A student may also qualify for the Master of Science degree in chemistry or physics. 

Doctor of Philosophy Degree

Admission Requirements Undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, or mathematics. Students who have interests in the physical sciences with undergraduate degrees in other fields, such as engineering, are also encouraged to apply; they will be considered on an individual basis. Admission to the program requires the student first be admitted to the graduate program in Chemistry or Physics

Grades B (3.0) average or higher must be maintained. 

Course Requirements These requirements are flexible and are planned and approved by the Chemical Physics Committee and the individual student. The guidelines in planning the curriculum are that the student in the program acquire a knowledge of condensed-matter physics, electricity and magnetism, molecular structure, kinetics, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. The formal requirements are either those of a major in physical chemistry with a minor in physics, or of a major in physics with a minor in chemistry. 

Minor For a minor in physics, 9 credit hours in physics courses at the P501 level or higher are required. For a minor in chemistry, 6 credit hours are required, chosen from the following: C561-C562, C566, C567-C568, C668. Occasionally, courses other than those listed here may be accepted, but such substitutions require approval of the Chemical Physics Committee. 

Major See Ph.D. program descriptions listed under chemistry or physics. 

Qualifying Examination See requirements of the major department, found elsewhere in this bulletin. 

Dissertation Under the direction of a graduate faculty member of the Department of Chemistry or the Department of Physics. 

Final Examination Usually oral, covering dissertation, major, and minor(s).




Romualdo T. de Souza
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