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Graduate program: Optical Engineering

The Physics and Optical Engineering Department offers a terminal master's degree in Optical Engineering which prepares students for jobs in industry. A bachelor of science in science or engineering is required for admission to this program. The program of study includes five core courses in Optical Engineering, four elective courses, a thesis project, and an oral thesis defense. The thesis project will, as far as possible, address a "real-world" problem that would be of mutual interest to an industrial sponsor, the student and the student's advisory committee chairperson. Normally, it takes a student five quarters to complete the requirements for the M.S. (Optical Engineering) degree.

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Master of Science in Optical Engineering requirements

36 credit hours of course-work (24 credit hours of required courses and 12 credit hours of elective courses)
12 credit hours of thesis-work

Students are required to submit their plan of study for approval by their thesis advisory and advisory committee.

Students are required to successfully defend their MS thesis.

Required Courses (unless already taken*)

OE 520 Principals of Optics**
OE 570 Special Topics in Optics
OE 580 Optical Systems Design
OE 592 Fourier Optics & Applications
OE 585 Electro Optics & Applicaitons
OE595  Optical Metrology
OE 594 Integrated Optics

*Required credits must be replaced by 400 or 500-level OE/PH/EP courses.
** Unless have already taken PH 282, OE 280 and OE 295

Elective Courses (at least three)
OE 405/406 Semiconductor Devices and Fabrication
OE 450 Laser Systems and Applications
OE 493/593 Fundamentals Of Optical Fiber Communications
OE 570 Special Topics in Optics
PH 405/505 Semiconductor Materials and Applications
PH 437/ECE 480 Introduction to Image Processing
PH 440 X-rays and Crystalline Materials
PH 537/ECE 582 Advanced Image Processing
PH 540 Computer Physics
BE 550 Research Methods in Biomechanics
BE 560 Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions
ECE 430 Microcontroller-Based Systems
ECE 580 Digital Signal Processing
EM 503 Advanced Vibration Analysis
MA 431 Calculus of Vibrations
MA 433 Numerical Analysis
MA 434 Topics in Numerical Analysis
ME 422 Finite Elements for Engineering Applications
ME 435 Robotics Engineering
ME 470 Engineering System Design
ME 520 Computer-Aided Design & Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)