Rensselaer Catalog 20202021
Physics


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Fall
 HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below)
Spring
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
Fall
 HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below)
Spring
 HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below)
The Arch Summer Semester*
*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, The Arch Summer courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.
 HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnotes 1 and 9 below)
 Mathematics Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnotes 4 and 9 below)
 PHYS 2962 Computing for Physicists Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
(See footnote 6 below)
 PHYS 2963 Mathematical Physics Free Elective Credit Hours: 2
(See footnote 7 below)
Fall OR Spring*
*If following the B.S. in Physics curriculum, students must select the spring term as their “oncampus” semester.
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
Fall
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
 HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below)
 Mathematics Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 4 below)
 Culminating Experience Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 5 below)
Spring
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
 Free Elective Credit Hours: 4
 HASS Core Elective Credit Hours: 4
(See footnote 1 below)
Concentrations
Technical and free electives may be chosen to provide a 128credit B.S. in Physics with a concentration in Computational Physics. Program advisers should be consulted.
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 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
 Students must complete a culminating experience, which may be fulfilled (1) through research participation; (2) by passing a designated 4credit senior elective course; or (3) by passing a designated 3credit course in Physics or Astronomy plus 1 credit of PHYS 4910.
 These courses are only offered week 1 to 6.
 These courses are only offered week 7 to 12.
 Physics 2350 is a 12week course.
 This course can be taken in either weeks 1 to 6 or weeks 7 to 12.
Electives
Physics majors planning to pursue graduate study should take advanced physics courses chosen from the following undergraduate and graduatelevel offerings:
Additional Information
Students planning on graduate work in astrophysics are urged to choose electives from the above list plus the following:

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