Here's a winning formula

Combine your love of physics, interest in chemistry and outstanding math skills into career opportunities with exciting growth potential. Chemical physics is the perfect major if you're interested in how our world works on a chemical level, but don't want to pursue a double major.

You'll develop a firm foundation in the fundamentals and applications of chemical theories in the physical world and be ready to pursue an advanced degree in physics, chemistry, chemical physics, theoretical chemistry/physics or biophysics.

Chemical physics graduates have a variety of career options that span many industries—material engineering, physics and/or chemistry research, biotechnology, electronics, petroleum, pharmaceuticals or medicine.

Bridging chemistry and physics

You'll get a strong foundation in the basics and a selection of upper-level courses that expose you to spectroscopic, computational, instrumental and mathematical methods.

You'll also gain analytical, critical-thinking, scientific writing and oral communication skills.

Important topics like quantum mechanics and thermodynamics will be viewed through a broader context by examining them from both chemical and physical perspectives.
And you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities with more than $1 million in instrumentation.

Twice the opportunities

Get involved in research with chemistry and physics faculty beginning your first semester, and graduate having had opportunities to co-author research papers or travel to or present at national conferences.

With this broad education in chemistry, physics and math, you'll be highly marketable to graduate school programs and prospective employers.

A Susquehanna education provides students with flexibility in coursework so they can conduct research, intern and study abroad. When it comes to your major, you’ll begin taking classes in your chosen program of study in your first year.  

Here are some of the courses that chemical physics majors take in their first few semesters at Susquehanna.  

  • General Chemistry I and II  
  • Introductory Physics I: Calculus 
  • Organic Chemistry I 
  • Multivariate Calculus

Download the current course catalog on this page to see the full list of classes and course descriptions for Susquehanna’s majors.  

Our students go on to graduate school at:

University of Utah
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab
Lehigh University

This is a new program, so check back later for updated placements!

Samya Bano Zain, Ph.D.

Department: Physics
Associate Professor of Physics
Experimental Particle Physics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4006

Swarna Basu, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Geneive Elizabeth Henry, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4222

Wade Johnson, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

Lou Ann Tom, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4540

William G. Dougherty, Jr, Ph.D.

Department: Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry

Carl Edward Faust, Ph.D.

Department: Physics
Assistant Professor of Physics
Atomic Molecular Physics

Email Address
Phone Number 570-372-4471

James Roush

Department: Physics
Adjunct Faculty in Physics

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