The interdepartmental doctoral program in chemical physics prepares students for research in such interdisciplinary fields as atomic and molecular radiative processes, spectroscopy, laser chemistry and physics, atmospheric chemistry, molecular quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics, kinetics, chemistry and physics of the surface and condensed phase, semiconductors, and nanoscale processes.
Students wishing to pursue the doctoral degree in chemical physics should apply for admission to either the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or the Department of Physics.
Entering students take a qualifying examination in the area of their undergraduate major. The comprehensive examination tests their knowledge of both chemistry and physics. Certain requirements associated with the regular doctoral programs in the participating departments will be replaced by requirements in the complementary field; each student’s program of course work and research will be individually planned according to the student’s special needs.
The program is administered by an interdepartmental committee. For further information, contact the graduate program assistant in either the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry or the Department of Physics.