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Information Technology and Web Science
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Building from the IT core, students may choose from 19 concentrations to customize their degrees.

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Undergraduate Degree Offered: information technology and web science

Concentrations: arts; building science; civil engineering; communication; communication and networks; computer hardware; economics; electronic commerce; finance; industrial engineering; machine & computational learning; management information systems; mechanical/aeronautical engineering; medicine; psychology; science and technology studies; science informatics; special interest; Web technologies

Career Options: advanced materials engineer; health physicist; risk consultant; IT architect; materials scientist; software engineer; business analyst; database developer; systems analyst; transportation operations manager

Graduate Degrees Offered: M.S.

Website: http://www.rpi.edu/dept/IT/

Information Technology
and Web Science

There is a current global need for IT professionals who know how to use computers and solve problems.

Industry demands people who understand not only the technology, but also its applications and implications.

The information technology and web science program at Rensselaer is answering this need. The program is a revolutionary interdisciplinary degree program and the first of its kind in the world at the undergraduate level.

The new program has a strong foundation in information technology with course work and research in computer science and programming as well as information management. The program extends beyond most traditional information technology curricula and their focus on the technical details in building Web applications.

The undergraduate information technology and web science degree program includes faculty from computer science, management, cognitive science, and the humanities, as well as faculty from the Tetherless World Research Constellation.

The Tetherless World constellation comprises faculty who mentor up-and-coming faculty and graduate and undergraduate students in fields ranging from computer science to informatics. Their collective research and teaching efforts center on new ways to understand and harness the inner workings of the Web.

Students in the program learn about the physical science underlying the Web and the social science of its impact, as well as the skills involved in running large-scale information systems or dealing with the social and policy implications of IT and Web deployments.

Students take a core set of courses on Web and IT development and management, as well as developing an expertise in a concentration involving multiple courses from a section of over twenty options including arts, engineering, management, communications, artificial intelligence, Web systems, and medicine among many others.

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AI research
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Rensselaer researchers—who say that humans learn best by reading—are investigating key issues associated with learning and reasoning, with the goal of building an intelligent machine that can read with understanding.

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Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations
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The White House has cited Rensselaer for its leadership role in using the Web to promote government transparency. The announcement was made at an event in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the open government Web site Data.gov.

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Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations
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Rensselaer’s Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) was launched in 2007 as the most powerful of any system based at a university, according to the closely watched Top500 list of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

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