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CPP Prospective Students

How to Apply

Students interested in the Chemical Physics Program apply through either Chemistry and Biochemistry or Physics. This department also serves as their home department and specifies the requirements for a PhD. The links below take you to the application sites. The program welcomes applicants that don't fall into the traditional majors of physics and chemistry.


Students in the Chemical Physics Program have the opportunity for a very flexible graduate course track. The range of options covers Quantum Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism, Thermodyanmics and Statistical Mechanics, Kinetics, Condensed Matter Physics, Condensed Phase Chemical Physics and Mathematical Methods. The course sequence is chosen to optimally meet the student's interests. In addition, students participate in a journal club and the Chemical Physics Program seminar series. Dissertation committees of Chemical Physics students will usually contain faculty from both core departments.

Student Background

Typical CPP students have an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, chemical physics or related area.


Several prestigious awards are available to participating Chemical Physics Students in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of Chemical Physics.