Here in the School of Science, we discover answers to humanity's most compelling questions, define new fields of study, and invent solutions to global challenges. Moving seamlessly across disciplinary boundaries, we bring together the best of all fields in order to advance the cause of science.

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Our undergraduate degree programs include many electives so you can tailor a curriculum to meet your interests and talents. This flexibility provides an opportunity to explore dual-major degrees, accelerated programs, or begin your graduate work with a co-terminal degree.

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Information Technology and Web Science

Launch into any profession with a foundation in Information Age technology. The Information Technology and Web Science program combines mastery of data, web, and information technologies with an academic discipline of your choice.

 
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Summer Here. The World Away.

The Arch shuffles the academic calendar to pack more experience into your education. Spend a unique summer semester on campus, then take the fall or spring semester of junior year to pursue professional or personal development opportunities.

 

 

Rensselaer has long been noted for its "low walls" - There are no rigid divisions across departments and schools.

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Announcements

On Friday, May 17th, 2019 the School of Science hosted their graduation brunch for the graduating students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in all School of Science departments.  The event is to congratulate the graduates and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.  To view and download photo's from this event click here.

Joseph S. Levinger, a theoretical nuclear physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II and spent nearly three decades teaching at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, died on October 25. He was 96. Levinger was appointed assistant professor in the Physics Department in 1951. In 1953 he was promoted to associate professor and promoted to professor in 1964.

The Department of Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY is aggressively growing with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Cybersecurity (Cyber), broadly defined to cover fundamental theoretical underpinnings, core algorithms, software and systems, and related fields that contribute to or leverage these foci.

On Friday, May 18th, 2018 the School of Science hosted a graduation brunch for the graduating students in the undergraduate and graduate programs in all School of Science departments.  We would like to congratulate the graduates and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors.  Please, find pictures of the event here.

The Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY invites applications for an open rank tenure-track/tenured position in Earth Systems Science. The E&ES Department research areas include experimental, analytical and environmental geochemistry and petrology of Earth’s systems, environmental informatics, solid Earth geophysics, paleoclimate, origins of life and geomicrobiology.

Department News

By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star using structural DNA nanotechnology, researchers have created a trap that captures Dengue virus as it floats in the bloodstream. 

An unexpected finding published today in Nature Communications challenges a long-held assumption about the origins of oceanic "black carbon," and introduces a tantalizing new mystery: If oceanic black carbon is significantly different from the black carbon found in rivers, where did it come from?

Although concentrations of chemicals and pollutants like salt and nutrients have increased in the deep waters of Lake George, they’re still too low to harm the ecosystem at those depths, according to an analysis of nearly 40 years of data published today in Limnology and Oceanography.

A new imaging technique that makes it possible to match motor proteins with the cargo they carry within a cell is upending a standard view of how cellular traffic reaches the correct destination.

An app created by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute students that identifies social conditions contributing to declining life expectancy at a community level is a Phase 1 winner in a data visualization competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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