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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018

Applied Physics


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First Year


Fall


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

Spring


  • Free Elective

Second Year


Fall


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

Spring


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

Third Year


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 Data-Intensive 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 “on-campus” semester.

  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 5 below.)
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 4

Fourth Year


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 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. PHYS 1100 and PHYS 1200 may be substituted for Honors Physics I and II (PHYS 1150 and PHYS 1250), respectively. 
  3. CSCI 1010 may be substituted for CSCI 1100.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Students must complete a culminating experience, which may be fulfilled (i) through research participation; (ii) by passing a designated 4-credit senior elective; or (iii) by passing a designated 3-credit course in Physics or Astronomy plus 1 credit of PHYS 4910.
  7. Students must take these courses week 1 to 6.
  8. Students must take these courses week 7 to 12.

 

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