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Chemical Physics

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in the two scientific worlds of chemistry and physics? Chemical physics provides students with an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of chemistry, focusing on those areas that are at the interface of chemistry and physics. Using experimental measurement and theoretical calculation, students study the detailed properties and behavior of atoms and molecules. An important experimental tool in chemical physics is spectroscopy, which uses conventional or laser light to probe the atomic and molecular properties of matter.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Research Associate
  • Facilities Test Configuration Management (TCM) Engineer
  • STEM Educator
  • Specialist in Pathology and Lab Medicine

Graduate Study

  • Chemistry
  • Chemical physics
  • Computational chemistry
  • Material science
  • Nanomaterials and laser science

Alumni Employers

  • Origin Materials
  • Terracon Consultants Incorporated
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Genentech, Inc.
  • California Department of Justice, Santa Rosa
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