B.S. in Chemical Physics

Student using lasers to measure objects

The B.S. degree in Chemical Physics provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry, focusing on areas at the interface of chemistry and physics. These include, for example, the experimental measurement and theoretical calculation of the detailed properties and behavior of atoms and molecules. An important experimental tool in chemical physics is spectroscopy, which uses conventional or laser light to probe the atomic and molecular properties of matter.

Graduates will be prepared for employment in technology, energy, laser science, material science, solid-state chemistry and other fields requiring a strong background in both chemistry and physics. They will also be well-suited for graduate study in a range of areas including chemistry, chemical physics, computational chemistry, material science, nanomaterials and laser science.

Preparatory Subject Matter: 57 Units

Chemistry: CHE 2 A/B/C or CHE 2 AH/BH/CH
Mathematics: MAT 21 A/B/C/D and MAT 22A, MAT 22AL, MAT 22B
Physics: PHY 9 A/B/C/D

Depth Subject Matter: 53 Units

Physical Chemistry: CHE 110 A/B/C
Organic Chemistry: CHE 128A, CHE 128B and CHE 129A
Other Chemistry Courses: CHE 105, CHE 115, CHE 124A, CHE 125
Physics: PHY 104A, PHY 105A, PHY 110A

At least ONE course from:

Physics: PHY 105B, PHY 110B, PHY 112, PHY 115A, PHY 140A

At least TWO additional upper division units in Chemistry; taking CHE 107A/B is not allowed.

Total Units for the Major: 110 Units

Sample Schedule for Chemical Physics Majors

This sample schedule has students taking required courses as early in the program as possible to permit the greatest flexibility in choosing electives and allow those who are qualified to engage in a full year of undergraduate research (CHE 194H or 199) in their senior year. Students who plan to continue their studies in graduate school are strongly urged to participate in undergraduate research. Elective courses are shown in italics. 





Chem 2A (5)

Math 21A (4)

Chem 2B (5)

Math 21B (4)

Chem 2C (5)

Math 21C (4)


Physics 9A (4)

Math 21D (4)

Physics 9B (4)

Math 22A (3)

Math 22AL (1)

Physics 9C (4)

Math 22B (3)

Chem 124A (3)


Physics 9D (4)

Chem 110A (4)

Chem 128A (3)

Chem 129A (2)

Chem 110B (4)

Chem 128B (3)

Chem 110C (4)


Physics 104A (4)

Physics 105A (4)

Chem 105 (4)

Chem 199 (1)

Physics 110A (4)

Chem 115 (4)

Chem 199 (1)

Physics 110B (4)

Chem 125 (4)

Chem 199 (1)