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Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program-College of Arts and Sciences
Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program
The Master of Science in Chemical Physics is designed for students who wish to enter multidisciplinary careers needing fundamental understanding and skills in chemistry, physics and engineering. Students mas choose to take classes and participate in research in different areas including liquid crystals materials, optoelectronics, and nanoscience and nanotechnologies.
The Ph.D. in Chemical Physics consists of four concentrations: liquid crystal synthesis and molecular design, lyotropic liquid crystals and membranes, optoelectronics and physical properties of liquid crystals.
Liquid Crystal Synthesis and Molecular Design is for students interested in organic chemistry. The program offers more training in physics and the science of liquid crystalline materials than is traditionally provided in a graduate chemistry program. This program is tailored for students with an undergraduate background in chemistry or chemical engineering who wish to pursue graduate training in molecular design and synthesis of new and innovative liquid crystal materials.
Official transcript(s), goal statement and three letters of recommendation. Submission of GREs (general and subject test–physics or chemistry) is not required, but strongly recommended. Admission will be granted by examination of the student's background on an individual basis. Students from a variety of undergraduate majors, such as physics, chemistry, engineering and materials science are invited to apply to the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary program.
M.S.: A total of 32 credit hours is required for each concentration in the master’s degree program. For each of the five concentrations, students are required to complete 24-27 credit hours of core courses. If any required course is not available, an equivalent course may be substituted with permission of the graduate coordinator.
M.S.: Candidates must register for CPHY 60199, Thesis I, for a total of 6 credits. The thesis for the Master of Science degree will present and interpret results of original research and must be defended before a committee of the Chemical Physics graduate faculty.
Ph.D.: In addition to satisfying the course and computer language requirements, the student must pass the Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program candidacy examination. The examination will cover material in the core courses of the chemical physics program. A student may make two attempts at passing the examination. If the student fails the second attempt, he/she will not be permitted to continue toward the doctoral degree but may complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree. The student’s first attempt at candidacy should come following the first year of study in all concentrations except general chemical physics. In exceptional cases, a student may defer taking the candidacy examination until the beginning of the third year of graduate study.
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