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Condensed Matter

The Chemistry and Physics of Condensed Matter specialization is an interdisciplinary program open to Chemistry and Physics majors in the School of Science who have a strong interest in creating new organic, biological, or inorganic materials and/or exploring the properties and applications of these materials.  Students should have a strong interest in chemistry and physics and be comfortable with mathematics.  Chemistry students are free to pursue research projects in either the Chemistry Department or Physics Department. Chemistry majors who successfully complete this program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a specialization in the Chemistry and Physics of Condensed Matter.  Students will be prepared to pursue a wide variety of careers or graduate study in chemistry, biophysics, or materials science.

To complete the Condensed Matter specialization, students must complete the following coursework in addition to all requirements for the BS in chemistry program:

  1. PHY 306 – Mathematical Physics or MAT 229 Multivariable Calculus;
  2. PHY 311 – Analog and Digital Electronics or PHY 451 Advanced Lab or CHE 410 Instrumental Analysis; and
  3. at least three of the following options courses: PHY 345 – Physics of Cloud Formation, PHY 436 – Condensed Matter, CHE 451 – Inorganic Chemistry I, CHE 478 – Special Topics in Condensed Matter (may be taken more than once), PHY 478 – Photonics, Optics, and Materials.  See course listings for additional details.  Students must complete at least one options course with a PHY prefix and at least one with a CHE prefix.