Rensselaer Catalog 20172018
Applied Physics


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Fall
 HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below)
Fall
 HASS Elective, Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below.)
Spring
 HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below.)
Summer Arch*
*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.
 HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnotes 1 and 8 below.)
 Mathematics Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnotes 4 and 7 below.)
 PHYS 4XXX Fundamentals of Experimental Physics
(See footnote 7 below.)
 PHYS 4XXX Computing for Physicists
(See footnote 7 below.)
 PHYS 4XXX DataIntensive Experimental Physics
(See footnote 8 below.)
 PHYS 4XXX Mathematical Physics
(See footnote 8 below.)
Fall OR Spring*
*If following the B.S. in Applied Physics curriculum, students must select the spring term as their “oncampus” semester.
 Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 5 below.)
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
Fall
 Culminating Experience Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 6 below.)
 Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 5 below.)
 Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 5 below.)
 HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below.)
Spring
 Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 5 below.)
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
 HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below.)
Concentrations
The applied physics program requires a concentration of 16 credits in technical electives which focus on a specific technological area. Possible concentrations include, but are not limited to optical physics, medical physics, microelectronics, semiconductor physics, optoelectronics, geophysics, biophysics, computational 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
Applied physics majors planning to graduate study should take advanced physics courses chosen from the following undergraduate and graduatelevel 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
 HASS courses shall total 24 credits and meet distribution requirements in the catalog.
 PHYS 1100 and PHYS 1200 may be substituted for Honors Physics I and II (PHYS 1150 and PHYS 1250), respectively.
 CSCI 1010 may be substituted for CSCI 1100.
 MATH 4XXX electives are to be chosen from the following:
MATH 4100  Linear Algebra
MATH 4300  Introduction to Complex Variables: Theory and Applications
MATH 4400  Ordinary Differential Equations and Dynamical Systems
MATH 4500  Methods of Partial Differential Equations of Mathematical Physics
MATH 4600  Advanced Calculus
MATH 4700  Foundations of Applied Mathematics
MATH 4800  Numerical Computing
 Technical Electives are to be selected with the aid of an adviser in order to create a concentration in an appropriate applied physics field. See “Applied Physics Concentration” below.
 Students must complete a culminating experience, which may be fulfilled (i) through research participation; (ii) by passing a designated 4credit senior elective; or (iii) by passing a designated 3credit course in Physics or Astronomy plus 1 credit of PHYS 4910.
 Students must take these courses week 1 to 6.
 Students must take these courses week 7 to 12.

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