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Origins of Life

Biologists at RPI help discover 'sweet spot'
for organic molecule synthesis.


Graduates Saving Lives

Students aid in Cancer research breakthrough.


Interdisciplinary Endeavour

Biology and Physics students unite for common goal.

Why the School of Science at Rensselaer?

You're in control.

Undergraduate degree programs include many electives. You can tailor a curriculum to meet your interests and talents. This added flexibility also provides you the opportunity to explore dual-major degrees, accelerated programs, or begin your graduate work with a co-terminal degree.

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Our scientists break through boundaries.

The need for an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving is more pressing than ever, as scientists, engineers, social scientists, and humanists join forces to tackle climate change, disease, overpopulation, and other global issues.

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We are a network of achievers.

Rensselaer alumni can be found all over the world, actively engaged in some of the most exciting research and work in the field today. Many of them also feel a strong sense of loyalty to their alma mater and are open to making connections with new graduates.

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Rensselaer has long been noted for its "low walls." There are no rigid divisions here between departments.

Academic Highlights Within the School of Science

Every year, the Office of Undergraduate Education sponsors more than 700 students participating in the Undergraduate Research Program (URP). The URP is open to all students.

Whether the choice is to join and augment an ongoing research project, or to seek faculty guidance in pursuit of research ideas, the program provides students with the opportunity to make research an integral part of their Rensselaer undergraduate education.

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Rensselaer offers study abroad and exchange opportunities for undergraduate students in more than 15 countries on five continents. A global perspective is crucial for anyone wanting to understand the world today, and so Rensselaer promotes study abroad through Rensselaer Education Across Cultural Horizons (REACH). REACH offers a variety of international opportunities for undergraduates, including semester-long study abroad and exchange opportunities, short-term and faculty-led international programs, and other international experiences such as internships and service learning.

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In 1964, Rensselaer and the Albany Medical College (AMC) were pioneers in initiating an accelerated degree program that enabled qualified individuals to complete requirements for both the B.S. and M.D. degrees in an accelerated time frame.

Now, many years and hundreds of graduates later, we are expanding on our innovative approach and are offering a program that will graduate physicians who are intensively trained in medical research.

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Rensselaer and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have partnered to create new educational and research collaborations that will allow clinicians, scientists, and engineers to develop biologic or clinical insights from the point of discovery through the design, development and delivery process necessary to introduce new medical treatments and diagnoses.

Current education programs include a Summer Undergraduate Research Program in New York City for undergraduates planning to pursue an MD/PhD or PhD as well as a Flexmed Program which allows for college sophomores in any major to apply for early assurance to the Icahn School of Medicine.

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The lines dividing departments and curricula are blurred and intersecting. Faculty, students, and even the programs themselves integrate and cooperate.

In today’s world, computer science graduates need to know about business. Engineers need the ability to communicate effectively. Architects must master new tools of information technology. At Rensselaer, students can focus on a preferred major while exploring other interests and acquiring complementary knowledge and skills.

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The divisions among the basic disciplines in the sciences—and among specialization within particular areas of science—are no longer as distinct as they once were. That’s why many of Rensselaer’s interdisciplinary programs in the School of Science have gained national recognition.

Many students and faculty in science participate in institute-wide centers, including integrated electronics, composite materials, design, robotics, scientific computation, and more. Others undertake co-op programs within industry.

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