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Lindsay (Class of 2013) traveled to Africa to test software that used indigenous culture to teach mathematical concepts. She’s pursuing her Ph.D. at Rensselaer and continuing her research on Africa, focusing on the critical issues involved with moving Africa into the Information Age.

A graduate student with a passion for medicinal chemistry, JP’s current research examines the biochemical interactions of the blood-brain barrier. He's co-advised by Rensselaer professor Pankaj Karande.

Science Students

We prepare our graduates for a wide spectrum of science careers.


Many students continue at the graduate level in areas like biochemistry, biophysics, genetics, molecular biology, immunology, or microbiology. Graduates are sought by pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology firms.

Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology

As a bioinformatics specialist you could serve as a key member of a biotechnology firm or a drug discovery team working with molecular biologists and biochemists to provide access to a wealth of new structural and sequence information. You can also become a molecular biologist who knows how to extract information from large genomics databases, and then use this information for computer modeling.


This degree prepares students for careers in medicine, dentistry, and industry. The program also equips students with the background necessary for professional training in research or medicine.


Explore the exciting frontiers of science in polymer, bio-, medicinal, and environmental chemistry. Our program leads to careers in fields like industrial research and development, pharmaceuticals, medicine, dentistry, veternary science, biotechnology, forensic science, environment, and more.

Computer Science

Work in industries like computer networking, artificial intelligence, operating systems, robotics, databases, data mining, electric commerce, or software development. Our program is rigorous enough to command the respect of the top companies in the nation, yet also provides the flexibility for students to pursue their own interests.

Environmental Science

Teach at the pre-college level or join state and local environmental protection agencies. Or pursue an environmentally-focused graduate education in fields like law, journalism, policy, or economics.

Geology and Hydrogeology

You can choose a geology emphasis, such as geochemistry, mineralogy, petrology, organic chemistry, groundwater chemistry, seismology, geophysical exploration, groundwater flow, or the evolution of mountains. You’ll be prepared to work in academics, as a consultant in geology or hydrogeology, or at an environmental or energy-related firm.

Interdisciplinary Science

As broad and open, or concise and focused as your mind will allow. Alumni can combine their science education with humanistic studies like management, law, education, the arts, or communications. This program is also good for those interested in health-related sciences like sports medicine and athletic training.

Mathematics and Applied Mathematics

After graduation, many of our students pursue industrial or corporate careers. Usually these are in the financial or computer-related industries. Others prefer to continue their academic career, either in mathematics or in a related application area.

Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Many of our graduates have achieved success in medicine, law, and business, as well as in aerospace, materials science, and the semiconductor industry. Our alumni also have the foundation for further study in physics, applied physics, astronomy, or engineering.


Curt M. Breneman

Dean of Science
(518) 276-6305
For speaking/appointment requests, please contact Bonnie Carson carsob@rpi.edu
(518) 276-6305
David L. Spooner
Associate Dean of Science for Academic Affairs
(518) 276-6305
Wilfredo Colón
Associate Dean of Science for Graduate Education
(518) 276-6305

and Programs

Biological Sciences

and Chemical Biology

Computer Science

Earth and
Environmental Sciences

Information Technology
and Web Science

Mathematical Sciences

Physics, Applied Physics,
and Astronomy


Research Centers

Center for Biochemical Solar Energy Research

Center for Terahertz Research

Data Science Research Center

Inverse Problems Center

Darrin Fresh Water Institute

New York Center for Astrobiology

Rensselaer Exploratory Center for Cheminformatics Research

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