Core
Program
The
course content in physical, life, and engineering sciences must total
a minimum of 24 credit hours, including at least eight credit hours of
mathematics. (Course prefixes MATH and MATP, including Calculus I).
Students
must take at least 16 credit hours of their science core at Rensselaer.
To
ensure that students have some depth in their Science Core, students must
take at least two courses within a single area other than Mathematics.
For this purpose the course prefixes PHYS (physics) and ASTR (astronomy)
are a single discipline, as are MATH (mathematics) and MATP (mathematical
Programming, probability, and mathematical statistics). No more than one
course of the Science core may be taken as Pass/No Credit.
The
following courses meet the Physical, Life, and Engineering Sciences
requirement:
Any
course with the following prefixes:
ASTR 
ASTRONOMY 
BCBP 
BIOCHEMISTRY/BIOPHYSICS 
BIOL 
BIOLOGY 
CHEM 
CHEMISTRY 
CISH 
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES HARTFORD 
CSCI 
COMPUTER SCIENCE 
ERTH 
EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE 
MATH 
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES 
MATP 
MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING, PROBABILITY AND
STATISTICS 
PHYS 
PHYSICS 
The
following courses also meet the requirements:
IENV4500
(cross listed as ERTH4500)
IENV4700
ISCI4500
ITEC1961 (Algorithms and Programming)
ENGR1100
ENGR1500
ENGR1600 (cross listed as CHEM1500 and CHEM1600)
ENGR 2090
ENGR2250
ENGR2400
ENGR2500
ENGR2820
ESCE2100
Other
courses may be possible and will be reviewed by the Associate Dean of
Science on a casebycase basis. A number of upper level courses in several
engineering disciplines would satisfy the requirement, but generally they
have enough prerequisites so that the science requirement would already
have been satisfied. If you have other questions regarding this requirement,
please contact Associate Dean Samuel Wait. He is located in the Science
Center  Room 1C05 or email  waitsc@rpi.edu
Transferring
Science Core Credit
Students
entering Rensselaer in their first year may transfer up to two Science
courses (up to 8 credit hours) toward satisfying their Science core requirement.
Students who have Advanced Placement or who have the International Baccalaureate
may be granted credit for all such mathematics and science courses depending
on their scores. Transfer students from an accredited collegiate program
who have completed at least one college year but who come to Rensselaer
with first year status may qualify for additional core transfers at the
discretion of the Science core curriculum adviser (currently the Associate
Dean of the School of Science).
Transfer
students entering Rensselaer at the sophomore level or above are not limited
in the number of courses they may transfer for Science core credit.
Students
enrolled at Rensselaer who wish to take a Science course for core credit
at another accredited institution must obtain prior approval for the course
from the science core curriculum adviser. To apply for approval a student
must furnish a catalog description of the proposed course and a filled out
copy of Rensselaer's transfer credit approval form to the core curriculum
adviser. A maximum of 8 credit hours of transfers is allowed.
