Chemical Physics

Regular and Co-op

An honours degree in Chemical Physics will provide a broader background than a major in either physics or chemistry, and hence will open the door to a wider variety of possible careers in industry, government or academia. Chemical Physics utilizes the close links between many areas of physics and chemistry, such as the use of x-ray diffraction and nuclear magnetic resonance to determine molecular structure. During your studies at Guelph you will experience excellent teaching from internationally recognized faculty. Guelph is known for its extensive support of students through learning groups, help rooms, and on-line materials for many courses in the sciences. In first year and beyond you will interact with award winning teachers fully committed to the quality of your education. In upper level courses, the class size is small, allowing extensive interaction with your professors. Chemical Physics can be taken with a co-op option, giving you valuable industrial experience as your degree program progresses. In fourth year, you will have the option of enrolling in research courses (for credit) where, instead of the traditional classroom setting, you will be doing research with a professor working on a current research project. Upon completion of your degree, many career options will be open to you. For example, some of our graduates have gone on to such careers as research officer and director at the National Research Council, senior scientist at Atomic Energy Commission, Associate Vice President of Marsh Canada, and aerodynamicist at Pratt & Whitney Canada.

Further information about the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences can be found at:

Information regarding research and faculty involved in the Chemical Physics major can be found at: and

Information about what students have done with a Chemical Physics major can be found on the Career Services website.

A complete listing of all courses required for this major can be found in the Schedule of Studies and Co-op Schedule of Studies located in the Undergraduate Calendar.