Chemical Physics Program
UNIVERSITY
OF  NEVADA
RENO


CHEMICAL PHYSICS PROGRAM

The Ph.D. degree in Chemical Physics provides an interdisciplinary curriculum for those students whose primary research interests are in atomic and molecular physics and physical chemistry. While requiring the student to complete a rigorous selection of courses that outline the foundations of modern chemical physics, the program also offers extreme flexibility in the choice of dissertation topic as the student may choose any of the affiliated faculty in either the Department of Physics or the Department of Chemistry to serve as a research adviser.

Admission

Admission into the program is handled separately by the chemistry and physics departments. Interested students whose background is primarily in chemistry are encouraged to apply through the chemistry department, listing "chemical physics" as the specific area of chemistry on the application form. Those students whose background is in physics should likewise seek admission through the physics department. The individual departments provide financial support through teaching and research fellowships to the chemical physics students that they admit.

Curriculum

Degree requirements are provided for information only. Consult the General Catalog of the University of Nevada, Reno, for official program descriptions.

The curriculum in chemical physics is based on five required, or "core", courses which should be taken as early as possible in the student s residency. The core courses are comprised of the following:

  1. Mathematical Physics (PHYS 701)
  2. Quantum Theory I (CHEM 757 or PHYS 721)
  3. Quantum Theory II (PHYS 722)
  4. Statistical Mechanics (CHEM 755 or PHYS 732)
  5. Classical Mechanics (PHYS 702), Chemical Kinetics (CHEM 752), Molecular Spectroscopy (CHEM 754) or Modern Optics and Laser Physics (PHYS 725)

Additional, or "elective," courses in areas of particular interest to the student are then used to fill out the curriculum. These courses are typically chosen from the 600- and 700-level courses offered by the physics, chemistry, and mathematics departments. A full breakdown of the degree requirements for the program is given below:

Course-Credit Distribution

    Required course credits..............................15
    Independent studies (CHEM 793 or PHYS 792)...........12
    Seminars*.............................................2
    Electives**................... ......................19
    Dissertation Credits.................................24
           TOTAL CREDITS.................................72

*A minimum of two (2) seminar credits must involve an original oral presentation by the student.

**May include up to eight (8) credits of CHEM 794 ("Physical Chemistry Colloquium") and up to three (3) credits of PHYS 799 or CHEM 799 ("Dissertation")

Graduate course listings are available on the univeristy course listing web site (search for "chemistry" or "physics"), and in the chemical physics program guidelines


For more information about the program, please contact:

Professor David M. Leitner
Director, Chemical Physics Program
Department of Chemistry
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, Nevada 89557-0216

or by email: dml@unr.edu (please include Chemical Physics Program in the subject line).
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University of Nevada, Reno


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