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.


The Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy presents the Robert Resnick Lecture Speaker: Professor Peter R. Saulson, Martin A. Pomerantz ’37 Professor of Physics, Syracuse University, will present: "Listening in on Black Holes with Gravitational Waves"

New effort among faculty is opening a pathway between social sciences and technical sciences

Achievements of Undergraduate and Graduate students recognized at School of Science Commencement brunch.


It’s a small change that makes a big difference. Researchers have developed a method that uses a one-degree change in temperature to alter the color of light that a semiconductor emits. more

As signs of autumn such as falling leaves and cool weather days can be found across the Rensselaer campus, the university will be buzzing with activity as thousands of Rensselaer families are expected to visit Oct. 21-23 to celebrate Family Weekend. more

The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D., president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a recipient of the University at Albany Foundation’s Citizen Laureate Award. more

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. more

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. more

Contact Information

Physics, Applied Physics, and Astronomy

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

(518) 276-6310