Current Core Requirements in the Catalog

(Academic Information on the Bachelor's Degree)
(Information on the Core Program in Science)
(H&SS Core Program)

Academic Information on the Bachelor's Degree

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. For information on additional requirements see the School of Science section of this catalog.

The course content in humanities and social sciences must total a minimum of 24 credit hours, including at least eight credit hours in the humanities and eight credit hours in the social sciences. For information on additional requirements see the School of Humanities and Social Sciences section of this catalog.

Information on the Core Program in Science

All Institute undergradutaes are required to complete a core program in science. As part of this program, students must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in physical, life, and engineering sciences, including at least eight credits of mathematics. No more than one course of the science core may be taken as Pass/No Credit.

To insure that students have some depth in their science core, they must take at least two courses within a single area other than mathematics. For this purpose, the course codes MATH (mathematics) and MATP (mathematical programming, probability, and mathematical statistics) are a single discipline.

Any of the sourses with the following course codes meet the physical, life, and engineering sciences requirement: ASTR. BCBP, BIOL, CHEM, CISH, ERTH, MATH, MATP, PHYS. In additiona, the following courses also meet these requirements:

IENV-4500 (cross-lisyed as ERTH-4500)

INEV-4700

ISCI-4500

ENGR-1100 (as Science not Mathematics)

ENGR-1600

ENGR-2090

ENGR-2250

ENGR-2830

ENGR-2100

Othe course may fulfill this requirement and will be reviewed by the associate dean of science on a case-by-case basis. A number of upper-level courses in several engineering disciplines would satisfy the requirement, but generally they have enough prerequisites that the science requirement would already have been satisfied.

H&SS Core Program

As part of the B.S. degree program, all Rensselaer undergraduates take a selection of H&SS courses referred to as the H&SS core.This core is the foundation of undergraduate education. In it, students develop the skills necessary for personal and professional success, and they also begin to explore the social and cultural areas of study and issues of debate that are important in the global society of the twenty-first century.

The core consists of 24 credit hours, or six courses distributed to afford students a breadth of perspective across the various disciplines as well as more in-depth experience in at least one area. Engineering students automatically take two of the 24 credits as professional development in their engineering design sequence and take a two-credit H&SS professional development coourse in their junior year.

To insure breadth in the core courses, students must select at least two courses (eight credit hours) from each of the lists below.

Humanities
Code
Social Sciences
Code
Foreign Languages
LANG
Economics
ECON
Literature
LITR
Science and Technology Studies, Social Sciences
STSS
Communication
COMM
Psychology
PSYC
Writing
WRIT
Interdisciplinary Studies
IHSS
Arts
ARTS
 
Philosophy
PHIL
 
Science and technology Studies, Humanities
STHS
 
Interdisciplinary Studies
IHSS
 

H&SS interdisciplinary courses may be substitute for courses in either category.

To insure depth in the H&SS core, students must also take at least two courses within a single area code (STSH and STSS can be counted as a single area), at least one of which is taken at an advanced level (above 1000). No course witin the depth sequence may be taken as Pass/No Credit.

No more than three 1000-level H&SS courses may be applied toward the H&SS core requirement, no more than six credits may be taken as Pass/No Credit, and at least one course (four credits) must be at the 4000 level.