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New York University Tandon School of Engineering    
  Jan 16, 2018
2016-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin (with addenda)

Course Descriptions

A Brief Guide to Course Descriptions

Each program described in this catalog contains detailed descriptions of the courses offered within the program.

The first line gives the official course number for which students must register and the official course title. The letters indicate the discipline of the course and the first number of the official course numbers indicates the level of the course. The levels are as follows:

  • 1XXX - Freshman Level
  • 2XXX - Sophomore Level
  • 3XXX - Junior Level
  • 4XXX - Senior Level
  • 5XXX to 9XXX - Graduate level

Typically the last number of the course number indicates the number of credits. The breakdown of periods of the course is also listed.

When selecting a course for registration, the section of the course may include the following notations:

  • “LEC” - lecture section
  • “RCT” or “RC” - recitation section
  • “LAB” or “LB” - lab section

Additionally, any other letter or digit listed in the section will further identify the section and being liked to another section of the class with the same letter and/or digit combination. Further information on sections is available from academic advisers during registration periods.

The paragraph description briefly indicates the contents and coverage of the course. A detailed course syllabus may be available by request from the office of the offering department.

“Prerequisites” are courses (or their equivalents) that must be completed before registering for the described course. “Co-requisites” are courses taken concurrently with the described course.

The notation “Also listed…” indicates that the course is also given under the number shown. This means that two or more departments or programs sponsor the described course and that students may register under either number, usually the one representing the student’s major program. Classes are jointly delivered.



   •  PH-GY 6523 Introduction to Solid-State Physics II
   •  PH-GY 6553 Advanced Quantum Computing
   •  PH-GY 6633 Statistical Mechanics I
   •  PH-GY 6643 Statistical Mechanics II
   •  PH-GY 6673 Quantum Mechanics I
   •  PH-GY 6683 Quantum Mechanics II
   •  PH-GY 8013 Selected Topics in Advanced Physics
   •  PH-GY 8023 Selected Topics in Advanced Physics
   •  PH-GY 9531 Graduate Seminar in Physics I
   •  PH-GY 9541 Graduate Seminar in Physics II
   •  PH-UY 1002 Physics: The Genesis of Technology
   •  PH-UY 1013 Mechanics
   •  PH-UY 1213 Motion and Sound
   •  PH-UY 1223 Electricity and Light
   •  PH-UY 2023 Electricity, Magnetism and Fluids
   •  PH-UY 2033 Waves, Optics and Thermodynamics
   •  PH-UY 2104 Analytical Mechanics
   •  PH-UY 2121 General Physics Laboratory I
   •  PH-UY 2131 General Physics Laboratory II
   •  PH-UY 2344 Introduction to Modern and Solid State Physics
   •  PH-UY 2813 Astronomy and Astrophysics
   •  PH-UY 2823 Introduction to Geophysics
   •  PH-UY 3002 Junior Physics Laboratory
   •  PH-UY 3054 Introduction to Polymer Physics
   •  PH-UY 3103 Fundamentals of Applied Nuclear Physics
   •  PH-UY 3234 Electricity and Magnetism
   •  PH-UY 3244 Concepts of Nanotechnology
   •  PH-UY 3424 Light and Lighting
   •  PH-UY 3474 Introduction to Modern Optics
   •  PH-UY 3503 Introduction to Radiation Physics and Dosimetry
   •  PH-UY 3513 Nuclear and Radiation Instrumentation and Methods
   •  PH-UY 3603 Mathematical Physics
   •  PH-UY 3614 Computational Physics
   •  PH-UY 3703 Mathematical Physics II
   •  PH-UY 3801 Guided Studies in Physics
   •  PH-UY 3802 Guided Studies in Physics
   •  PH-UY 3803 Guided Studies in Physics
   •  PH-UY 3804 Guided Studies in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4124 Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
   •  PH-UY 4244 Techniques and Applications of Nanotechnology
   •  PH-UY 4364 Introduction to the Quantum Theory
   •  PH-UY 4444 Quantum Optics
   •  PH-UY 4554 Solid State Physics
   •  PH-UY 4601 Special Topics in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4602 Special Topics in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4603 Special Topics in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4604 Special Topics in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4902 Introduction to Senior Project in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4904 Senior Project in Physics
   •  PH-UY 4912 Senior Seminar in Physics


   •  PS-GY 997X MS Thesis
   •  PS-UY 2324W Environmental Psychology
   •  PS-UY 2614 Psychology of the Internet
   •  PS-UY 2644 Creativity and Innovation
   •  PS-UY 2664 Intelligence: Real and Artificial
   •  PS-UY 2724 Human Factors in Engineering Design
   •  PS-UY 3164 Health Psychology
   •  PS-UY 3604 Psychology of Internet Security
   •  PS-UY 3694 Humor and Modern Media
   •  PS-UY 3724 Psychology of Sustainability
   •  PS-UY 3754 Psychology of Living in Extreme Environments
   •  PS-UY 3814 Social Psychology of Virtual Worlds
   •  PS-UY 3834 Special Topics in Psychology


   •  RE-GY 9990 PhD Examination

Science and Technology

   •  STS-UY 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
   •  STS-UY 2004 Science, Technology, and Society
   •  STS-UY 2214 Medical Ethics
   •  STS-UY 2224/W Science and Sexuality
   •  STS-UY 2244/W Magic, Medicine, and Science
   •  STS-UY 2264/W Addressing Public Policy Issues in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
   •  STS-UY 2314 It's About Time
   •  STS-UY 2354 Evolution
   •  STS-UY 2444 History and Philosophy of Internet Technology
   •  STS-UY 2454/W Digital Humanities
   •  STS-UY 2464W Public Policy Issues in Telecommunications
   •  STS-UY 2604 Ethics and Engineering
   •  STS-UY 2614/W Science Fiction for Innovation
   •  STS-UY 2624/W The Rhetoric of Science
   •  STS-UY 2724 Dinosaurs: Resurrecting an Extinct Species
   •  STS-UY 2904 Special Topic in STS
   •  STS-UY 3004/W Seminar in Science and Technology Studies
   •  STS-UY 3013 Directed Study in STS
   •  STS-UY 3204/W Science and Difference
   •  STS-UY 3214 Science & Feminism
   •  STS-UY 3354 Brain, Behavior, and the Mind: The History and Development of Neuroscience
   •  STS-UY 3434/W Hypermedia in Context
   •  STS-UY 3624 Science and Technology in the Literary Sphere
   •  STS-UY 3904 Special Topic in STS
   •  STS-UY 3914 Independent Study in STS
   •  STS-UY 4002 Capstone Project in Science and Technology Studies
   •  STS-UY 4003 Study Abroad
   •  STS-UY 4034 Internship
   •  STS-UY 4401 Independent Study in Science and Technology Studies

Society, Environment and Globlization

   •  SEG-UY 2124W Public Policy Issues and the Internet: A Global Perspective
   •  SEG-UY 2184/W Beyond Oil: Fueling Tomorrow's Vehicles
   •  SEG-UY 2194/W Writing About Nature and the Environment


   •  TR-GY 900X Readings in Transportation
   •  TR-GY 997X MS Thesis in Transportation
   •  TR-GY 999X PhD Dissertation in Transportation Planning and Engineering
   •  TR-GY 6011 Fundamental Concepts in Transportation

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