Centre’s major program in chemical physics serves students who have strong interests in overlapping subfields of chemistry and physics. Usually these interests focus on the spectra and structure of atoms and molecules.
A person interested in chemical physics can choose from a variety of occupations, including spectroscopist, physical chemist, metallurgist, or physicist.
The Chemical Physics Program often has prepared students for graduate study and subsequent careers in research and/or academe. In this program, students receive a strong theoretical background in the physical sciences. Majors also study a variety of experimental techniques and become proficient in the communication of scientific information.
Students take core chemistry and physics courses (first-year and sophomore level), as well as courses in advanced physics and physical chemistry. Students have some choice in their advanced courses to pursue areas more closely aligned with their interests (e.g., optics, quantum mechanics, inorganic chemistry). Students also achieve a strong foundation in mathematics.