Feb 19, 2019  
Rensselaer Catalog 2009-2010 
    
Rensselaer Catalog 2009-2010 [Archived Catalog]

Applied Physics


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First Year


Fall


  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Second Year


Fall


  • Elective, Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Third Year


Fall


  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. 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)
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Spring


  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)
  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. 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. Humanities and Social Sciences 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 Intro. Comp. Sci. may be substituted for CSCI 1100.
  4. Honors Physics 1 and II (PHYS 1150 and PHYS II 1250) may be substituted for PHYS 1100 and PHYS 1200, respectively.
  5. PHYS 4370 may be waived if the student engages in an equivalent culminating experience course or project with the approval of the Physics Undergraduate Program Committee.

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

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