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Chemical physics track

Collinson, Dr. Maryanne
Chair, Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Committee, Department of Chemistry
gradchem@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1298

Students entering the chemical physics track must pass proficiency examinations in two areas of chemistry and two areas of physics (mechanics, electricity and magnetism). Students entering with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in chemistry who have not taken the courses previously may satisfy the physics requirement with an A or B in PHYS 301, 302 and 376. Students entering with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in physics who have not taken the chemistry courses previously may satisfy the chemistry requirement with an A or B in two of the four courses, CHEM 301-302 (organic chemistry; the two-course sequence counts as one course only), CHEM 406 (inorganic chemistry), CHEM 409 (instrumental analysis) or CHEM 510 (atomic and molecular structure).

Students in the chemical physics program are required to complete CHEM 510 or PHYS 580, CHEM 511, CHEM 612, PHYS 576 and 641, plus three courses from the following list: CHEM 512, 550, 591, 610, 611, 615, 616, 620, 634, 635, 691; PHYS 550, 571, 573, 591, 661, 691; MATH 532, 533; NANA 650, 651. A minimum of four graduate courses must be in chemistry. All graduate students seeking the Ph.D. degree must complete 30 hours of CHEM 697 (research) as part of fulfilling the requirements for the degree. However, students electing the chemical physics option may substitute 15 credits of PHYS 697 for 15 credits of CHEM 697.

All other requirements are the same as those stated for the Ph.D. in Chemistry.

Additional information and a more detailed description of the graduate program may be obtained from the Department of Chemistry.

 

 

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