Combining physics and chemistry can lead to opportunities in a variety of exciting careers. For example, an understanding of the physical properties of matter at an atomic scale is required in material science, the development of batteries and fuel cells, and innovations in semiconductors.

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We offer students a solid foundation in both classical and modern physics. Chemistry emphasis students take an additional 12 credits in chemistry. Laboratory courses are an important component of the program, giving students valuable skills and knowledge in areas that will prepare them for graduate school and careers within the industry. Their unique skill set and knowledge base will make them extremely marketable.

Faculty are always on hand to help guide students throughout their coursework and experiences on campus. Courses are specifically designed to allow for the maximum interaction possible to help students get to know the faculty on a more personal level. Students have the chance to be mentored towards a future career path that will be best suited and rewarding to them.

The physics department is warm and welcoming. There have been countless times when I'm known personally by the professors, and they stop and talk about what is going on in life. We are more than just people in the program–we are individuals and they recognize that.

Katherine G.,
BYU-I Graduate

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Physics, emphasis in Chemistry, have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Physical Chemist

Physical chemistry is the study of the physical and fundamental basis of chemical systems and processes. In particular, the energetics and dynamics of such systems and processes are of interest to physical chemists. Important areas of study include chemical thermodynamics, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry, statistical mechanics, spectroscopy, and more recently, astrochemistry.

Material Scientist

Material Science is devoted to the study and development of new materials that can be used in a wide variety of areas. These materials include composites, ceramics, metals, and semiconductors.

Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that uses principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and economics to efficiently use, produce, transform, and transport chemicals, materials, and energy. A chemical engineer designs large-scale processes that convert chemicals, raw materials, living cells, microorganisms, and energy into useful forms and products.

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Getting started in this degree

If you want to get a taste for Physics, emphasis in Chemistry, start with one of the following degree-specific courses:

For a full listing of all courses required for this degree, refer to the course catalog.

* If you are not prepared to take Calculus your first semester, contact your faculty mentor of Physics Dept. Office


Interested in this major? Contact Advising to discuss your questions, degree options, and Grad Plan.

Declare B.S. in Physics, emphasis in Chemistry

The Advising Office can help with degree planning and preparation. To declare your major or minor, plan classes, or find out who your advisor is, visit the Advising homepage.

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