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Our goal is to help you develop the skills you need to establish a rewarding and productive career. There are many options, depending on your talents and interests. You can fashion our flexible curriculum to suit your needs.

Traditional career choices include research in government, industrial, or university laboratories. Many of our students continue on to the best graduate schools to study physics, astronomy, mathematics, or engineering; others have gone on to successful careers in medicine, technical management, law, investment banking, and teaching.

Dzienkowski Eric Dzienkowski '10 moved to California to receive a PhD in high energy theoretical physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is currently working with Professor David Berenstein studying the dynamics of matrix models and in particular how they thermalize. Their goal is to understand how matrix models provide a model of emergent geometry by using the gauge/gravity correspondence. In 2012 Eric received a DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship award.
Cronen James Cronen ’96 worked on educational materials development as a student and has recently returned to teaching science in the Capital District after experiences working as a programmer in New York and Boston.
Landberg Cynthia Landberg ’89 started at the GE Global Research center after completing her Ph.D. at Rensselaer in 1995, where she continues to work on the physics and technology of imaging. She is now manager of the X— ray systems laboratory, where her group includes physicists and engineers.
kodosky Jeffrey Kodosky ’70 co— founded National Instruments in 1976 and subsequently served as the company’s Vice President of Research and Development. He was named an NI Business and Technology Fellow in 2000, and also serves on Rensselaer’s board of trustees.
Newberg Heidi Newberg ’87 earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992 and is now a Physics faculty member at Rensselaer. Her research and teaching focuses on galactic and extragalactic astronomy, and she frequently represents the interests of women in science.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Physics can serve many educational and career goals.  About one third of our graduates go on to graduate Physics or Astronomy programs with the goal of a career in research and/or technological development.  About one third use their Physics degree as preparation for graduate work and a career in a related field, such as Solid State Electronics, Optical Engineering, Space Science, Geophysics, or Materials Science.  About one third take employment directly upon graduation, including taking commissions as officers in the Navy, Air Force, or Army.

Here is a summary list of where BS students over the past five years have gone after graduation, ranked by number of students attending each program.

Graduate School in Physics

Rensselaer, Cornell, Harvard, UC Santa Barbara, Cornell (Astro), UC Irvine, Johns Hopkins, Dartmouth, Brandeis, MIT, Columbia, Stanford, Brown, U Chicago, NYU, Virginia Tech, U Minnesota, U Texas-Austin, San Diego, Penn State, U Arizona (Astro), Florida International, U Colorado Boulder, Duke Texas A&M, U Maryland U Heidelberg, Brandeis U Michigan, U New Mexico

Graduate School in Related Fields

Materials Science

Rensselaer, Penn State, U New Mexico, U Connecticut, U Illinois, U Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Carnegie Mellon, UC Santa Barbara, U Tennessee

Electrical Engineering

UCLA, Rensselaer, UC Santa Barbara


UCLA, U Rhode Island, Columbia


Harvard, Cornell


Rensselaer, Cornell, Tulane

Other Engineering Programs

U Central FL – Optics (CREOL), Florida Institute of Tech – Aero, Rensselaer – Mechanical, Rensselaer - Nuclear, U Michigan – Nuclear

Other Graduate Programs

Carnegie Mellon – MBA, Finance, U Penn - MBA, McGill – Economics, Albany – Architecture, Harvard – Law, Georgetown - Law, BU – Premed, U BC – Film, Rensselaer – Architectural Acoustics, U Wisconsin – Medical Physics


Boeing, IBM, National Instruments, Commissioned Officer – Air Force, Navy, US Government, Rensselaer, Educator (HS Teacher, Tutor, Tech Trainer), Bank of America, Cisco, EIT Research Group, General Cable, CREE, TRADoc Analysis, U Washington, Still River Systems

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