Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy at Rensselaer

Physics is the source of new concepts about the nature of the universe and is a driving force for new technologies. The fundamental physics research of one generation often leads to the applied physics and technology of the next.

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    B.S. in Physics

    A solid foundation in fundamental theoretical and experimental scientific principles.

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    Concentration in Computational Physics

    An excellent opportunity for students to use Rensselaer’s world-class supercomputing center, which operates an 80,000 CPU Blue Gene Q supercomputer and a Watson machine.

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    Ph.D in Physics

    While the usual program of a graduate student is a highly specialized one compared to most undergraduate programs, substantial opportunities exist, both in principle and in practice, for students to undertake programs of study and research which span one or more fields.

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Rensselaer once again ranks among the best universities in the United States, according to rankings released by U.S. News & World Report. This is the highest rank for the Institute in the last 11 years.

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Where did life begin—in a shallow lagoon, or in a vent of superheated water spewing from the ocean floor? If we knew, we might know where to look for life elsewhere in the universe.

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On August 17, 2016, Professor Emeritus Paul Flohr Yergin passed away at his home in Palm Springs, California.  Professor Yergin was born April 21, 1923 in the Bronx, New York, and was an active member of the faculty at Rensselaer for 37 years, advising and educating many undergraduate and graduate physics students, many of whom are still active research physicists.  He is survived by his long-time partner Kenneth Coons, whom he married in 2014, his daughters Ann Byrne and Susan Sakaye, and his son-in-law Ross Byrne

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Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to speak on “Natural  History Museums in the 21st Century,” Sept. 1. 

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Rensselaer will officially welcome members of the Class of 2020, and introduce them to the local community through a weeklong series of events known as “Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond” (NRB), the official continuation of the orientation program. 

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Contact Information

Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

Jonsson Rowland Science Center, Room 1C25
110 8th Street
Troy, NY 12180

(518) 276-6310