M.S. in Optics Plan A

The M.S. Degree in Optics and Photonics is an interdisciplinary, cooperative program managed by the Optics Program Committee on behalf of the three participating departments: Physics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Chemistry and Biochemistry. Students apply directly to the Optics and Photonics Graduate Program and are admitted through one of the participating departments, selected based on advisor affiliation and student interest.

The Optics and Photonics degree is distinct from the other graduate degrees offered by the participating departments because it requires interdisciplinary coursework involving at least two of the departments. The interdisciplinary program of study allows students to emphasize optics theory and applications in more depth than is possible through degrees in the traditional disciplines. Each optics student will be mentored by a graduate advisor from the faculty of one of the three participating departments, and a graduate supervisory committee made up of faculty from at least two of the three departments in the cooperative program.

The M.S. Plan A requires completion of an acceptable research-based Thesis describing independent research performed by the student with guidance from the advisor and graduate supervisory committee.  The Thesis involves considerable effort on the part of the student, and must generate results that are of sufficient quality and significance to be reported in a national or international conference paper or presentation. The Master's Thesis often serves as the basis for a peer-reviewed manuscript for an archival journal or book chapter.

Choose two key courses (one PHSX and one EELE):6
Advanced Optics
Laser Applications
Electro-Optical Systems
Laser Engineering
Choose one specialty course:3
Fourier Optics/Imaging Theory
Optical Design
Nonlinear Optics/Laser Spectroscopy
Analytic Optical Spectroscopy
Symmetry, Orbitals, and Spectroscopy
Optics electives (choose at least 6 credits):6
Applied Electromagnetics
Electro-Optical Systems
Laser Engineering
Adv Top Electromagnet & Optics
Fourier Optics/Imaging Theory
Optical Design
Remote Sensing Systems
Advanced Optics
Laser Applications
Quantum Mechanics II
Advanced Topics In Physics 1
Electromagnetic Theory II
Nonlinear Optics/Laser Spectroscopy
Advanced Instrument Analysis
Analytic Optical Spectroscopy
Quantum Mechanics
Symmetry, Orbitals, and Spectroscopy
Adv Quantum Chemistry
EELE/PHSX/CHMY/ 591 Special Topics 1
EELE/PHSX/CHMY/ 592 Independent Study 1
OPTI 594 Optics Seminar 2
Technical electives (choose at least 5 credits):5
ECE, Physics, Math, Chemistry, Business, etc. (400-level or above)
Master's Thesis (EELE/PHSX/CHMY/ 590)10
Total Credits30

Note:  At least 20 credits must be at the 500 level.

1

 A maximum of three (3) credits total among these courses is allowed if the subject is directly related to optics,  upon approval by the academic advisor and research advisor/instructor.

2

 A maximum of two (2) credits total of optics seminar is allowed.