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Rensselaer Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Applied Physics


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First Year


Fall


  • HASS Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • HASS Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Second Year


Fall


  • Elective, Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Third Year


Fall


  • HASS Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • HASS Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnotes 2 and 5 below)
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Concentrations


The applied physics program requires a concentration of four technical courses that focuses on a specific technological area. Possible concentrations include, but are not limited to optical physics, microelectronics, semiconductor physics, optoelectronics, geophysics, biophysics, computation applied physics, environmental physics, nuclear science, and space science. Two such concentrations are illustrated below:

Optical Physics


A concentration in optical physics might include four courses from the following list:

Microelectronics


A concentration in microelectronics might include four courses from the following list:

Electives


Physics or applied physics majors planning to continue on to graduate studies in these areas should take some combination of advanced physics courses to prepare for these studies. These courses should be chosen from the following undergraduate- and graduate-level courses:

Additional Information


Students planning on graduate work in astronomy or astrophysics are urged to choose electives from the above list, as well as include the following:

Footnotes


  1. HASS courses shall total 24 credits and meet distribution requirements in the catalog.
  2. Technical Electives are to be selected with the aid of an adviser in order to create a concentration in an appropriate applied physics field.
  3. CSCI 1010 Introduction to Computer Science may be substituted for CSCI 1100.
  4. Honors Physics I and II (PHYS 1150 and PHYS II 1250) may be substituted for PHYS 1100 and PHYS 1200, respectively.
  5. Students must complete a culminating experience which may involve research or coursework approved by the Physics Undergraduate Program Committee.

      * Students cannot receive credit for ECSE 4250 and MTLE 4160.

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