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Chemical Physics

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The chemical physics major provides a strong foundation in chemistry, physics and mathematics for students who have a professional interest in the areas of overlap between chemistry and physics. It is particularly suitable for students planning to pursue a graduate degree in the area of chemical physics or physical chemistry. The program is jointly administered by the chemistry and physics departments. 

Students may also complete this major through Lyman Briggs College.


Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of physics, chemistry and mathematics. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Biotechnology industry
  • Chemical industries
  • Electronics
  • Healthcare industry
  • High schools
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Planetariums/observatories

Alumni work as: 

  • Biochemists and biophysicists
  • Chemical engineers
  • Materials scientists
  • Nanosystems engineers
  • Occupational health and safety specialists
  • Physicists
  • Educators

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