I'm not sure if chemistry majors will agree with your sentiment above (although I agree that a major component of chemistry is applied physics).Chemistry is applied physics. So is solid state physics, nuclear physics, astronomy, electronics, cosmology, accelerator physics... where exactly do you propose we stop teaching about applications of physics? Should we just teach first year students about the standard model and expect them to work their way up?
That being said, the curious thing is that not all physics degree programs in different universities in different countries require chemistry. For example, consider the Physics Specialist degree program at the University of Toronto (my alma mater).
If you click on the tab for Physics Specialist, the students are not required to take any chemistry courses at all.
However, in other universities, physics students are required to take introductory chemistry. I'm curious as to why the difference.