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Bachelor of Arts in Chemical Physics

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  • Course description
    CHEMICAL PHYSICS EXPLORES THE RAPIDLY EVOLVING RESEARCH at the intersection where chemistry, the study of the composition of matter, meets physics, the study of the behavior of matter and energy. One of Hamilton's newest academic concentrations, the chemical physics major offers science students an opportunity to build their knowledge and laboratory skills in both fields. As an interdisciplinary program, chemical physics draws on the shared resources of two strong departments and exemplifies the College's innovative approach to making connections across different fields and perspectives.

    The goal of Hamilton's Chemical Physics Program is to encourage students to make connections across the chemistry and physics disciplines through extensive research opportunities and close collaboration between students and instructors.

    Academic Program

    RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
    Students are among Hamilton's most important researchers in chemical physics, working closely with professors in a variety of fields during the academic year as well as the summer. In addition Hamilton students pursue summer research at other colleges, government laboratories and in industry. In recent years, students have presented research at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society and at an international symposium of the Quantum Theory Project, and won the outstanding poster award at an international symposium. Students also have co-authored papers published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, the Journal of Organic Chemistry, the Journal of Physical Chemistry, the Journal of Chemical Physics, the Journal of Luminescence, Tetrahedron Letters and Biochemistry.


    THE SENIOR PROGRAM
    All senior chemical physics students work collaboratively with faculty members on research projects as part of the Senior Program in either chemistry or physics. This intensive one- or two-semester project combines original scientific research with reading and understanding the scientific literature. It culminates in a senior thesis that is defended in a public presentation to departmental faculty and student peers.


    RESOURCES
    State-of-the-art facilities, advanced technology and small classes at the Science Center mean that Hamilton undergraduates have the opportunity to work closely with instruments available only to graduate students at many schools. The Science Center is fully wireless and houses more than 100 teaching and research laboratories as well as offices and classrooms, student areas and a coffee shop. Science Center instrumentation includes a 500 MHz variable-temperature multinuclear nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, several Fourier-transform infrared spectrophotometers, a gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer, and a dual pump, high-pressure mixing high-performance liquid chromatograph. Also available are versatile ultraviolet/visible spectrometers, a high-performance glove box, a refrigerated centrifuge and several vacuum lines.

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