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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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(518) 276-6310
Fax: (518) 276-6680
E-mail: physics@rpi.edu

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Undergraduate Minors

The Department of Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy offers the following minors:

Minor in Physics
Students not majoring in physics may minor in this subject by taking at least 16 credit hours of physics courses (coded PHYS) at the 2000 level or higher.

Minor in Astronomy
To complete an astronomy minor, a student should take PHYS-2510, ASTR-2050, and two of the following courses: ASTR-4120, ASTR- 4510, or ASTR-4960.

Minor in Astrophysics
This minor is available to students majoring in physics and planning on graduate study in astronomy or astrophysics. To complete this minor, a student should take PHYS-2510, ASTR-4220, at least one four-credit research project in astrophysics, and at least three semesters of the one-credit ASTR-4900.

Minor in Astrobiology
This multidisciplinary minor is open to students majoring in physics or in other disciplines. To complete this minor, a student must take a minimum of 16 credits of course work in this field. These courses must include four credits each of ASTR-4510 and ISCI- 4500, and two semesters of the one-credit ISCI-4510. Two additional courses outside the major field of study must also be selected from the following:

ENVE-2110 Intro. to Environmental Engineering
BIOL-4320 Geomicrobiology
BIOL-4440 Microbial Ecology
BIOL-4620 Molecular Biology
BIOL-4760 Molecular Biochemistry I
BCBP-4810 Biological Spectroscopy
CHEM-2250 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM-4810 Chemistry of the Environment
ERTH-4070 Sedimentology
ERTH-4540 Organic Geochemistry
ASTR-2050 Intro. to Astr. & Astrophysics

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