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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: Applied Physics

The Applied Physics B.S. Curriculum allows students to concentrate their studies in some particular area, in conjunction with a sound foundation in Physics.

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

Technical Elective [4]

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

Technical Elective [4]

4

Technical Elective [4]

4

Elective

4

Technical Elective [4]

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

Hum. or Soc. Sci. Elective [2]

4

Footnotes:

  1. CHEM-1500 Chemistry of Materials I 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, a one-credit laboratory course, in addition to this four-credit elective.
  4. Technical Electives are to be selected with the aid of an adviser in order to create a concentration in an appropriate applied physics field.
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