Chemical physics provides an interdisciplinary approach to the fields of chemistry and physics using mathematical techniques. The major allows students to explore the interface between chemistry and physics by studying structure, surfaces, bonding, atoms and molecules. By combining the methodologies and knowledge of physics and chemistry, many intriguing scientific questions can be addressed by a student with a strong predilection for mathematics and the physical sciences.

Faculty & Staff

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Paul A. Bonvallet

Professor of Chemistry


Mary Cornelius

Mary Cornelius

Administrative Coordinator - Chemistry, BCMB


Laura DeGroot

Laura DeGroot

Assistant Professor of Physics (On leave Fall 2024)


Paul Edmiston

Paul L. Edmiston

Theron L. Peterson and Dorothy R. Peterson Professor of Chemistry; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Jennifer Faust

Jennifer A. Faust

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Chemistry


Kristin Feierabend

Kristin Feierabend

Stockroom Manager - Chemistry


Karl Feierabend

Karl J. Feierabend

Associate Professor of Chemistry (On leave for AY 2023-24)


Craig First

Administrative Coordinator, Physics and Mathematical & Computational Sciences


Manon Grugel-Watson

Manon Grugel-Watson

Visiting Instructor and Laboratory Coordinator of Physics


Cody Leary

Associate Professor of Physics


Susan Lehman

Susan Lehman

Victor J. Andrew Professor and Department Chair of Physics; Pre-Engineering Advisor


Niklas Manz

Niklas Manz

Associate Professor of Physics, Department Chair of Physics (On leave for Spring 2024)


Sara Martin

Sara E. S. Martin

Assistant Professor of Chemistry; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Jhony Mera

Electronics & Instrument Technician - Biology, Chemistry, Physics


Timothy Siegenthaler

Timothy Siegenthaler

Instrument and Lab Tech/Machinist - Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics


Mark Snider

Mark J. Snider

Robert E. Wilson Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Sarah Sobeck

Sarah J. Sobeck (Schmidtke)

Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning


James West

James West

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry


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A major in Chemical Physics consists of sixteen courses including the introductory courses of Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics. The student can then choose to focus on either Chemistry or Physics while taking advanced courses in the other field.

Students may not double major in Chemical Physics and in any of the participating departments of Chemistry, Physics, or Mathematics. Any student who anticipates attending graduate school in chemistry or physics should also take additional courses in those disciplines.

Interested students should discuss plans with the chairperson of the Department of Chemistry or Physics.

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