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 101–102, 201–202, 311, 321, 331,* 332.*

3. Mathematics 111, 112, 201, 202.

4. Chemistry 332 or Physics 351.

5. Chemistry 333 or Physics 342.

6. A thesis (Chemistry–Physics 470) that clearly bridges the two fields.

All chemistry-physics students must pass both the physics and the chemistry Junior Qualifying Exams (please see the department web pages for the standards used), and their theses will be evaluated along with others in these departments. The thesis must bridge the disciplines of chemistry and physics.

*Students may use Chemistry 311 and Chemistry 316 (if each is taken for a full unit) in place of Physics 331 and 332.

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.