Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics

This program is administered jointly with the Department of Physics. The curriculum provides a strong foundation in chemistry, physics, and mathematics for those students having a professional interest in the area of overlap between chemistry and physics. It is particularly suitable for students planning to pursue a graduate degree in physical chemistry.


All new majors in chemistry should schedule an appointment with the Chemistry Undergraduate Director for an overview of the program and assignment of an advisor. To schedule appointments, phone the undergraduate secretary, Steve Poulios, at 353-1134.

Important announcements and course information are communicated to chemistry majors through electronic mail. Check your email for messages daily.


Course Requirements for a BS in Chemical Physics:

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Physics from Michigan State University you must satisfy university, college, and departmental level requirements. The requirements are as follows:

Please note: These guidelines are presented for planning purposes only. Students MUST consult a Chemistry Department advisor for reliable and exact determination of an individual's course requirements.


UNIVERSITY Level Requirements for a BS in Chemical Physics:

  1. Minimum of 120 semester credits. (Please note: credit in any course requires a 1.0 or higher grade; 1 quarter credit=0.66 semester credit.)
     
  2. An overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.
     
  3. Twenty (20) semester credit hours in the following courses:
    • Four (4) credits of an ATL (American Thought and Language) Tier I Writing Course, earned from one of the ATL 110 - 195H courses;
       
    • Eight (8) credits of IAH (Integrative Studies in Arts & Humanities), where 4 credits are earned from IAH 201, and the other 4 credits are earned from an IAH level 200 or higher course;
       
    • Eight (8) credits of ISS (Integrative Studies in Social Science), where 4 credits are earned from one of the ISS 210 - 225 courses, and the other 4 credits are earned from one of the ISS 310 - 335B courses.
  4. The University Transcollegiate (TCC) course requirement is not yet operative.

COLLEGE of Natural Science Requirements for a BS in Chemical Physics:

  1. An overall GPA of 2.0 or higher in Chemistry courses.
     
  2. One of the following courses (credits for the course are given in parentheses):
    • BOT 105 (3)
    • BS 110 (4)
    • BS 111 (3)
    • ENT 205 (3)
    • MIC 205 (3)
    • PSL 250 (4)
    • ZOL 141 (3)
  3. At least 30 semester credit hours at the 300 - 400 level. (The required Chemistry courses in the range CEM 351 - 499 total 21 credits, and the required Physics and Math courses at the 300 - 400 level total 15-18 credits.)

Chemistry DEPARTMENT Requirements for a BS in Chemical Physics:

  1. Language requirement:
    • Two semesters of any Foreign Language.
      or
    • Two years of any High School Foreign Language.
  2. Mathematics requirement:
    • MTH 132 (3) and MTH 133 (4)
      and
    • MTH 234 (4) and MTH 235 (3)
      and
    • Two courses (6 credits) selected from any two of the following 3 credit courses: MTH 310, MTH 314, MTH 320, MTH 351, MTH 421, MTH 425, MTH 441, MTH 442, MTH 443, MTH 451.
  3. Physics requirement:
    • Six to eight (6-8) credits of Physics Lecture, selected from the sequence courses PHY 183/184 (8), or PHY 193H/294H (6).
      and
    • Two (2) credits of Physics Laboratory courses PHY 191/192 (2).
      and
    • 321 (3), 471 (3), and 481 (3).
      and
    • One of the following 3 credit courses: PHY 215, PHY 331, PHY 410, PHY 422, PHY 472, PHY 482.
  4. Chemistry requirement: Thirty (30) semester credits are required, which will be automatically satisfied by students completing the required courses in Chemistry as described below.
    • General Chemistry Lecture (7-8 credits), selected from the sequence lecture courses CEM 151/152 (7) or CEM 181H/182H (8).
      and
    • General Chemistry Laboratory (3-4 credits) selected from the sequence lab courses CEM 161/162 (2 credits), or CEM 185H/186H (4)
      and
    • Organic Lecture (6 credits), selected from the sequence courses CEM 251/252 (6) or CEM 351/352 (6).
      and
    • Analytical-Physical Chemistry Lecture (6 credits), selected from two of the following courses: CEM 391 (3), CEM 392 (3), or CEM 434 (3).
      and
    • Analytical-Physical Chemistry Laboratory (2-3 credits), selected from one of the following courses: CEM 333 (3), CEM 395 (2), or CEM 435 (2), or CEM 495 (2).
      and
    • Inorganic Chemistry Lecture (4 credits): CEM 411 (4).
      and
    • Chemistry Capstone Course (2 credits): CEM 499 (1 credit each enrollment).