Beginning students in the chemistry or physics graduate programs may petition their department for admission to the interdisciplinary program in chemical physics. The philosophy underlying the program is that the solution to contemporary problems must increasingly be sought not within a single traditional specialty but from the application of different disciplines to particular problems. Students in the program will pursue a course of study and research that will familiarize them with both the Physics and Chemistry departments and in particular with those areas of overlapping interest that we broadly categorize as "chemical physics."
Students in chemical physics may do research under the direction of any faculty member either the Chemistry or Physics Department. An interdepartmental committee will oversee in either progress towards the Ph.D. degree in either chemistry or physics.
Chemical Physics students will be expected to take courses from both departments. The core courses consist of Quantum Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, Electrodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Mathematical Methods for Physics and Chemistry. Students participate in the weekly chemical physics seminar and will be expected to present one talk in this seminar series.
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