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Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 Eighth Street, Troy, New York 12180-3590 USA

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E-mail: physics@rpi.edu

B.S. Curriculum: Basic Physics

The Basic Physics B.S. Curriculum allows for ample opportunity, through many free electives, to tailor the course of study depending on the student's interest.

First Year

Fall

Credit Hours

 

Spring

Credit Hours

PHYS-1100

Physics I

4

PHYS-1200

Physics II

4

MATH-1010

Calculus I

4

MATH-1020

Calculus II

4

CHEM-1100

Chemistry I [1]

4

BIOL-1010

Introduction to Biology

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

 

Second Year

Fall

Credit Hours

 

Spring

Credit Hours

PHYS-2960

Modern Physics

4

PHYS-2350

Experimental Physics

4

MATH-2010

Multivariable Calculus &
Matrix Algebra

4

MATH-2400

Intro. to Differential Equations

4

CSCI-1100

Computer Science I

4

Elective

4

Elective [3]

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

 

Third Year

Fall

Credit Hours

 

Spring

Credit Hours

PHYS-2330

Intermediate Mechanics

4

PHYS-4210

Electromagnetic Theory

4

PHYS-2510

Quantum Physics

4

PHYS-4100

Intro. to Quantum Mechanics

4

MATH-4600

Advanced  Calculus

4

PHYS-4420

Thermodynamics and
Statistical Mechanics

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

Elective

4

 

Fourth Year

Fall

Credit Hours

 

Spring

Credit Hours

PHYS-4370

Research Participation

4

Elective

4

Elective

4

Elective

4

Elective

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

Footnotes:

  1. CHEM-1300 Chemical Principles for Engineers may be substituted for CHEM-1100 Chemistry I.
  2. A total of 24 credits in H&SS electives is required.
  3. Students with little or no electronics experience are encouraged to take ENGR-1310 Introduction to Engineering Electronics, a one-credit laboratory course, in addition to this four-credit elective.
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