Chemistry Major - Chemical Physics Option

The Chemical Physics Option is a challenging program intended for students with a strong interest in physics and fundamental science and an aptitude for mathematics. Students who select this option often attend graduate school in mathematically oriented sciences.

Instead of the standard introductory physics and physics laboratory sequences (01:750:203-4, 205-6) of the Core Option, students choosing the chemical Physics option normally take a more advanced introductory physics and physics laboratory sequence. Sometimes, however, students decide on Chemical Physics only after having taken Physics 203-204, 205-6. In this case, they are advised to take 01:750:323 Advanced General Physics before enrolling in either 01:750:381 Mechanics or 01:750:385 Electromagnetism. A physics adviser should be consulted if there is uncertainty about the proper preparation for any physics course in this option.

In the third and fourth years of this program, laboratories in Organic Chemistry and in Instrumental Analysis are replaced by additional mathematics and physics courses including two that may be chosen from the following list:

  • 01:160:421 Atomic and Molecular Structure (3) or 01:750:361 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (3)
  • 01:160:425 Thermodynamics I (3)
  • 01:160:434 Kinetics (3)
  • 01:750:406 Introductory Solid State Physics (3)
  • 01:750:417 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (3)

The Chemical Physics Option does not lead to certification by the American Chemical Society.

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Chemical Physics Option and Typical Schedule
FIRST YEAR
Fall Spring
General Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)1
 01:160:161 OR
 01:160:163
General Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:162 OR
 01:160:164
General Chemistry Laboratory (1.0 cr)
01:160:171 Either fall or spring
Calculus I (4.0 cr)
 01:640:151
Calculus II (4.0 cr)
 01:640:152
SECOND YEAR
Fall Spring

Organic Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:307 OR
 01:160:3152 (by invitation)

 

Analytical Chemistry (3.0 cr)
01:160:251

 

General Physics4 (3.0 cr)
 01:750:123 OR
 01:750:227

Organic Chemistry Lecture (4.0 cr)
 01:160:308 OR
 01:160:316

 

Organic Chemistry Laboratory3  (2.5 cr)
 01:160:309

 

General Physics (3.0 cr)
 01:750:124 OR
 01:750:228

OR
01:750:271-272-273

General Physics Laboratory (1.0 cr)
 01:750:229 OR
 01:750:275

 

Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
 01:640:251

General Physics Laboratory (1.0 cr)
 01:750:230 OR
 01:750:276

 

Linear Algebra (3.0 cr)
 01:640:250

THIRD YEAR
Fall Spring

Physical Chemistry Lecture5 (3.0 cr)
 01:160:327

 

Elementary Differential Equations (3.0 cr)
 01:640:252

 

Chemical Bonding (1.5 cr)
 01:160:3616

 

Mechanics4 (3.0 cr?)
 01:750:381 OR
Electromagnetism4 (3.0 cr?)
 01:750:385

Physical Chemistry Lecture (3.0 cr)
 01:160:328

 

Experimental Physical Chemistry (2.5 cr)
 01:160:329

 

Inorganic Chemistry (3.0 cr)
 01:160:3716

 

Mechanics4 (3.0 cr?)
 01:750:382 OR
Electromagnetism4 (3.0 cr?)
 01:750:386

FOURTH YEAR
Fall Spring

Seminar (1.0 cr)
 01:160:491

 

Chemical Physics Elective7

Seminar (1.0 cr)
 01:160:492

 

Chemical Physics Elective7

 

Chemical Physics Option: Course and Scheduling Notes

1 Pre-calculus prerequisite
2 By invitation only.
3 Chem 309 is offered in the spring only.
4 Students who choose the Chemical Physics option after having taken Physics 203-204, 205-6 are advised to take 01:750:323 Advanced General Physics before enrolling in either 01:750:381 Mechanics or 01:750:385 Electromagnetism.
5 Chemistry 327 has Math 251 as a pre-requisite, not as a co-requisite.
6 Chem 361 and 371 may be deferred for either one or two semesters, if desired. Both 361 and 371 are offered fall and spring. Chem 371 has Chem 361 and Chem 308 or 316 as pre-requisites.
7 Two advanced courses are to be chosen from the following list:

  • 01:160:421 Atomic and Molecular Structure (3) or 01:750:361 Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics (3)
  • 01:160:425 Thermodynamics I (3)
  • 01:160:434 Kinetics (3)
  • 01:750:406 Introductory Solid State Physics (3)
  • 01:750:417 Intermediate Quantum Mechanics (3)

Two terms of senior-level research of at least 3 credits each may be substituted for one advanced course.