WELCOME to the Chemical Physics Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. Scientific research in the twenty-first century is increasingly interdisciplinary, and the most exciting problems are often found along the boundaries and intersections of traditional fields. Our highly selective program provides its graduate students with a rigorous academic foundation, unsurpassed research opportunities, and preparation for careers that require expertise in both physics and chemistry. The program offers Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Physics. We welcome students with undergraduate degrees in chemistry or physics as well as those with related majors such as mathematics or engineering, and strong backgrounds in chemistry and physics.
Our students carry out their thesis research with University of Maryland faculty drawn from numerous departments - including Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics, Materials Science Engineering, and Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, among others. Additionally, students have the opportunity to pursue their research with scientists at the National Insitute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the joint supervision of Maryland faculty.
The Chemical Physics Program at the University of Maryland is an M.S. and Ph.D. granting program that combines rigorous graduate academic training in chemistry and physics with a wide range of Ph.D. research opportunities at the University, as well as the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). There are more than 100 Chemical Physics participating faculty from seven different academic departments and two research institutes as well as several associated scientists from NIST and NIH. The members of the program and their research are listed under Faculty.
Students enter the Chemical Physics Program with a variety of background interests and experiences. While many have undergraduate degrees in physics, others have degrees in chemistry, mathematics and engineering. Typical enrollment is approximately 35 full-time Ph.D. students. Faculty actively assist students with course selection, Qualifying Examination preparation, and choice of research group. This is reflected in the high retention and graduation rates and average time-to-degree of five years.
The requirements for the Ph.D. degree include a pass of the Qualifying Examination, an advanced laboratory course, an advanced course at the 600 level or above, two seminar credits, a scholarly paper and oral presentation, a written Ph.D. thesis and oral thesis defense. While there are no additional course requirements, enrollment in graduate courses in quantum mechanics, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, and quantum chemistry is generally necessary to prepare for the Qualifying Examination.
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Learn more about our program by browsing our web pages. If you think the Chemical Physics Program offers academic and research opportunities that are right for you, please feel free to contact us.
Michael Coplan, Director and Professor
coplan [at] umd.edu
Christopher Jarzynski, Associate Director and Professor
cjarzyns [at] umd.edu
Debbie Jenkins, Program Manager
dajenkin [at] umd.edu
University of Maryland • Chemical Physics Program • Computer and Space Sciences Building • College Park, MD 20742 • 301-405-4780