Kristen Burson has conducted research on the atomic scale structure of glass at the Fritz-Haber Institute.
You will explore the rapidly evolving research at the intersection of chemistry and physics. One of Hamilton's newest academic concentrations, the chemical physics major offers you an opportunity to build your knowledge and laboratory skills in both fields. Your classes will be small, and you will have extensive research opportunities.
About the Major
The major is designed with specific students in mind: those interested in teaching science at the high school level and those interested in moving directly into science-based professions after graduation. Majors advance to the intermediate level in both disciplines but will not be required to do theory-level courses in either. The emphasis is on balance, but majors choose to do their advanced laboratory work and senior project in either chemistry or physics.
The mentorship that you get from professors is unique. You get direct access to Ph.D.s who are leaders in their field, who are there because they love teaching, and they want to help you learn and succeed.
Carlos Rico — chemical physics major
As an interdisciplinary program, chemical physics draws on the shared resources of two strong departments and exemplifies the College's approach to making connections across fields and perspectives.
Research and Discovery
A Science Lover’s Perfect Major: Chemical Physics
How Playing a Video Game at 11 Inspired Munroe ’18 to Pursue Veterinary Medicine
Chemical physics major Clare Munroe ’18 has joined a lab at the University of Pennsylvania researching ways of predicting the severity of breast cancer in both animals and humans. Her eventual goal is to become a small animal vet. Here she describes the path she's taking.
Nanoscience, Dendrites and Owning the Research
As a first-year student applying for a summer science research spot, Nicole DeBuono ’20 told herself not to be surprised if the position went to a more senior student. But it didn’t, and she got the opportunity she was after — working with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Farah Dawood on a highly interdisciplinary project in chemistry, materials science and nanoscience.