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Chemical Physics Major

Chemical Physics

Admission Requirements

Have the Best of Both Worlds

 Join An Interdisciplinary Field of Growth

Foster a broad skillset through subjects in analytical chemistry, thermodynamics and kinetics and apply computational methods to study matter.

 Learn From the Experts

You will have access to some of the world's most respected scientists and researchers in a high-tech setting, and to a wide variety of possible careers in industry, government or academia.

 Gain Hands-on Experience

Acquire exceptional practical skills through labs, while having the opportunity to complete a research component with a faculty member in either chemistry or physics.

Why Chemical Physics?

The chemical physics program allows you to expand the knowledge of materials science and quantum mechanics of molecules. There is an emphasis on laboratory work and recognition of the links between the two disciplines such as the use of X-ray diffraction to determine molecular structure. By studying atomic chemistry and physical techniques, you will be effectively able to conduct research, contribute and assess scientific literature and gather data for analysis in various fields.

Students in the Chemical Physics (CHPY) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Biochemistry, Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biological and Medical Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science, Physics, Theoretical Physics, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1 (Chose One)*
  • General Chemistry
  • Programming
  • Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
  • Discovering Biodiversity*
  • Biological Concepts of Health*
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology*
Semester 2 (Chose One)*
  • General Chemistry II
  • Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
  • Linear Algebra I
  • Discovering Biodiversity*
  • Biological Concepts of Health*
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology*

Semester 3
  • Structure and Bonding
  • Advanced Calculus I
  • Applied Differential Equations
  • Electricity and Magnetism I
Semester 4
  • Structure and Spectroscopy
  • Analytical Chemistry I
  • Experimental Techniques in Physics
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism II

Semester 5
  • Quantum Chemistry
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics I
  • Thermodynamics and Kinetics or Thermal Physics
  • Science Communication
Semester 6
  • Analytical Chemistry II: Instrumental Analysis
  • Computational Methods in Materials Science
  • Optics: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Molecular Spectroscopy or Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry

Semester 7
  • Analytical Chemistry III: Analytical Instrumentation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Statistical Physics II
  • Research in Physics
  • Science Communication
Semester 8
  • Molecular Spectroscopy or Topics in Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Research in Physics or Chemistry Research Project I

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Chemical Physics co-op is a five-year program, which includes five work terms. This co-op prepares students for their work terms by helping them develop professional attitudes and skills expected in the workplace as well as helping to build a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills. 

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