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We believe that some of the best and most exciting studies lie at the edges of traditional disciplines.

A Rensselaer education is challenging, interactive, and highly relevant. Students immerse themselves in course work that combines theory with learning by experience in unparalleled facilities, using advanced technology. In this environment, students learn to recognize needs, visualize solutions, and initiate change in every realm of society.

Our comprehensive educational and research programs cut across academic disciplines, giving students the opportunity to learn and to grow into world leaders in their chosen fields. '

Students are encouraged to work in interdisciplinary programs that allow them to combine scholarly work from several departments or schools.

Engaging, interactive learning environments and campuswide opportunities for leadership, communication, and creativity are all hallmarks of a Rensselaer education.

Beyond the classroom, students have extensive opportunities—on campus, in the corporate arena, and abroad—to broaden their perspective and their experience.

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Cross-platform and interdisciplinary programs encourage students to broaden their perspectives, to search for new connections and the understanding and discovery that often follow. In its efforts to shape tomorrow’s leaders, Rensselaer’s faculty has created innovative interdisciplinary curricula.


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Over 100 graduate programs in more than 50 disciplines attract top students, researchers and professors. Fueled by significant support from government, industry, and private donors, Rensselaer promises a truly unique experience, a world-class education, in an environment tailored to the individual.


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(* indicates also offered as a Minor)
Aeronautical Engineering
Applied Physics
Biochemistry and Biophysics
and Molecular Biology
Biomedical Engineering*
Building Science
Business and Management
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering*
Cognitive Science
and Systems Engineering
Computer Science*
Design, Innovation, and Society
Electrical Engineering*
Electronic Arts*
Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication
Environmental Engineering*
Environmental Science*
Games and Simulation
Arts and Sciences
Industrial and
Management Engineering
Information Technology
and Web Science
Interdisciplinary Science
Materials Engineering*
Mechanical Engineering
Nuclear Engineering*
Science, Technology,
and Society
Sustainability Studies*
Academic Minors
  • Acoustics
  • Air and Space Leadership Studies
  • Architecture
  • Astrobiology
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Brain and Brain Behavior
  • Cognition
  • Community and Health Psychology
  • Electrical Power Engineering
  • Energy
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Game Studies
  • Gender, Science and Technology
  • History of Architecture
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Factors in Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Lighting
  • Literature
  • Logic, Computation and Mind
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Military Studies
  • Music
  • Origins of Life
  • Philosophy of Human Values and Society
  • Philosophy of Logic, Computation and Mind
  • Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Professional Writing
  • Social Psychology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Studio Arts
  • Technology Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
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