Reed College Catalog


The chemistry–physics program is for the student whose intellectual interests or career objectives span these two fields. It provides a richer foundation in physics than does the usual major in chemistry for students anticipating graduate study in chemical physics or theoretical physical chemistry. It also offers experience in theoretical and experimental chemistry beyond the usual major in physics for students interested in molecular and solid-state physics or applied physics. The chemistry and physics faculty members who coordinate the program will determine with the student the sequence of courses to satisfy interdisciplinary aims. Candidates must pass the junior qualifying examinations in both chemistry and physics before registering for thesis.

Requirements for the Major
1. Chemistry 101/102, 201/202—lectures only, 212.
2. Physics 100, 200, 311, 321, 322.
3. Mathematics 111, 112, 211, 212, 331.
4. Chemistry 332 or Physics 351.
5. Chemistry 333 or Physics 342.
6. Chemistry 311 and 316 or Physics 331 and 332.
7. A thesis (Chemistry–Physics 470) that clearly bridges the two fields.

Students should recognize the hierarchy of prerequisites for many of these courses. Normally, the courses numbered from 100 should be taken in the first year at Reed, and those numbered from 200 should be taken in the second year. Students with an interest in these two fields should consult with both members of the Chemistry–Physics Committee as early as possible to plan a program.