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School of Science Departments and Programs Biological Sciences Biological Sciences is a broad-based department that encompasses nearly every area of modern biology including macromolecular structure and function computational biology and bioinformatics biochemistry and bioenergetics nanobiology and biotechnology cell and developmental biology genetics of model organism systems neuroscience microbiology and host-pathogen interactions molecular microbial ecologyevolution synthetic biology and freshwater ecology. Undergraduates can major in biology biochemistry and biophysics bioinformatics and molecular biology or can enroll in the combined B.S.M.D. program. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. Ph.D. ResearchConcentration Areas Cellular molecular and developmental biology Computational biology and bioinformatics Cancer and stem cell biology Aging in model organisms Molecular motors Nanobiology nanotechnology and biotechnology Neuroscience Biochemistry and bioenergetics Structural biology and biophysics Ecology and environment of the Adirondack Lakes and Hudson River Biochemistry Enzymology Protein structure chemistry and proteomics Chemistry and Chemical Biology The department focuses on the traditional areas of chemistrysuch as synthesis molecular structure and chemical reactionsas well as the rapidly developing frontiers of modern science. These areas include biochemistry biophysics and biotechnology materials and polymer chemistry and medicinal chemistry. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. Ph.D. ResearchConcentration Areas Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry Biochemistry and biophysical chemistry Computer modelingmolecular design Inorganic and organometallic chemistry Cheminformatics and materials informatics Organic and medicinal chemistry Polymer and materials chemistry Computer Science In addition to learning programming best practices students in Computer Science are exposed to applied areas such as robotics databases programming language design and operating systems. Major research areas include bioinformatics computational science and engineering computer vision database systems networking parallel computing pervasive computing robotics semantic web software design and theoretical computer science. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. Ph.D. ResearchConcentration Areas Bioinformatics Computer graphics Computer vision Database systems Pervasive computing and networking Robotics Web and data sciences Earth and Environmental Sciences The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers the study of Earths component materials the development of its structures and surface features the processes by which these change with time and the origin discovery and protection of its resourceswater fuels and minerals. Our students use techniques ranging from seismological and satellite-tracking investigations of crustal motions to state- of-the-art geochemical instruments. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. Ph.D. ResearchConcentration Areas Biogeochemistry Contaminant geochemistry Environmental chemistry Freshwater ecology Groundwater and surface hydrogeology Environmental geochemistry Geophysics Petrology Solid-earth geochemistry Tectonics Paleoceanography and micropaleontology Information Technology and Web Science Information Technology and Web Science combines knowledge of computing with managerial know-how to strategically solve current problems and to creatively research future solutions. Students take a core set of courses on Web and information technology development and management as well as developing an expertise in a concentration involving multiple courses from a selection of more than 20 options including arts engineering management communications artificial intelligence Web systems and medicine among many others. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. ResearchConcentration Areas Arts Civil engineering Cognitive science Communication Computer hardware Computer networking Data science Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Information security Machine and computational learning Management information systems Mechanicalaeronautical engineering Medicine Pre-law Psychology Science and technology studies Science informatics Web technologies Mathematical Sciences The department trains individuals in mathematics both as a subject in itself and as a discipline to aid in the development of other social and scientific fields. Rensselaers Department of Mathematical Sciences is one of the few in the country with a strong faculty orientation toward applications of mathematics. This emphasis is reflected in the many courses dealing with areas of mathematical applications and in the applied flavor with which department faculty typically teach undergraduate courses. Degrees Offered B.S. M.S. Ph.D. ResearchConcentration Areas Applied mathematics Computational science Inverse problems Operations research