Physics Major: Chemical Physics Option B.S.

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Physics Major: Chemical Physics Option B.S.

What is the chemical physics option?

This option in the physics degree program combines courses from the physics and chemistry departments to provide training in chemical physics. It includes most courses that are required for a regular Bachelor of Science degree in physics, adding several courses in physical chemistry/analytical chemistry. The option prepares you for research into the structure of matter using a wide range of spectroscopic and computational methods, and for graduate studies in chemical physics, physical chemistry and atomic and molecular physics.

Why study physics at UNH?

This program offers introductory physics in a lecture and studio format – an active learning environment that includes group work and labs, all in a single room with a professor and graduate teaching assistants. The style allows for a coherent, connected and supportive experience. One studio course integrates the study of calculus and physics, for a deeper understanding of both subjects. You’ll have many research opportunities with physics faculty and research scientists, working on projects funded by NASA, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Education, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and other agencies and organizations. You’ll learn how to approach, analyze and solve complex problems as you develop new technologies, methods and theories that will prepare you for a range of careers in research, engineering and education.

Potential careers

  • Accelerator operator
  • Aerospace sciences
  • Applied optics
  • Engineering research
  • Fluids engineering and research
  • High school physics teacher
  • Materials research
  • Medical physics
  • Physical sciences technician
  • Software engineering
  • Systems engineering

Contact

Department of Physics
DeMeritt Hall 237A
9 Library Way
Durham, NH 03824

Phone: (603) 862-2669
Email: Physics 

Curriculum & Requirements

This option in the physics degree program combines courses from the physics and chemistry departments to provide training in chemical physics. It includes most courses that are required for a regular Bachelor of Science degree in physics, adding several courses in physical chemistry/analytical chemistry. The option prepares you for research into the structure of matter using a wide range of spectroscopic and computational methods, and for graduate studies in chemical physics, physical chemistry and atomic and molecular physics.

University Discovery requirements 1
Bachelor of Science requirements
Physics requirements:
PHYS 400Freshman Seminar1
PHYS 407General Physics I4
PHYS 408General Physics II4
PHYS 505
PHYS 506
General Physics III
and General Physics III Laboratory
4
PHYS 508Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics4
PHYS 605Experimental Physics I5
PHYS 615Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics I4
PHYS 616Classical Mechanics and Mathematical Physics II4
PHYS 701Quantum Mechanics I4
PHYS 702Quantum Mechanics II4
PHYS 703Electricity and Magnetism I4
PHYS 705Experimental Physics II4
Capstone:
Independent Study
and Thesis
Senior Project
Chemistry:
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
CHEM 683
CHEM 686
Physical Chemistry I
and Physical Chemistry Laboratory
5
CHEM 762Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis3
CHEM 763Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis Laboratory2 or 3
CHEM 776Physical Chemistry III3
Mathematics:
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
Select one of the following options: 212
Option A:
Linearity I
Linearity II
Option B:
Multidimensional Calculus
Differential Equations with Linear Algebra
Introduction to Linear Algebra
Linear Algebra for Applications
Computer Programming:
CS 410PIntroduction to Scientific Programming/Python4
or IAM 550 Introduction to Engineering Computing
Electives in option:
Select one of the following:
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
Condensed Matter Physics

By the end of the spring semester of the sophomore year, a student must have a minimum grade of C in each 400- or 500-level course specifically required for the B.S. degree and an overall grade-point average of at least 2.33 in these courses in order to continue in the B.S. program.

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