The goal of the 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.
About the Major
Hamilton’s Chemical Physics Program is for students interested in teaching science at the high school level or pursuing a science-based profession directly after graduation. Students advance to the intermediate level in both disciplines but are not required to take theory-level courses in either. The emphasis is on balance. 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.
A Sampling of Courses
Research Methods in Chemistry
Development of research skills in chemistry through a semester-long intensive laboratory project. Emphasis on laboratory work focusing on advanced synthetic techniques and spectroscopic characterization. Scientific writing, oral presentation skills and use of the chemical literature are also stressed. Six hours of laboratory and one hour of class.
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Meet Our Faculty
Assistant Professor of Physics, Director of Chemical Physics
experimental condensed matter
Stone Professor of Natural History
neutron spin filters and angular correlations in neutron decay
Adam Van Wynsberghe
Associate Professor of Chemistry
physical chemistry, biophysical chemistry, and theoretical chemistry
Explore Hamilton Stories
A Science Lover’s Perfect Major: Chemical Physics
In high school Bentley Wilking ’21 was a science and math person, but he wasn’t interested in attending a tech college where he’d have to tightly focus his academic pursuits. He wanted a chance to branch out, which is one of the reasons he picked liberal arts Hamilton.
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.
Studying What She Loves, with an End Game
Clare Munroe ’18 is a chemical physics major with a clear post-Hamilton goal – veterinary school.
Chemical Physics Program
Viva Horowitz, Program Director
Clinton, NY 13323