Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Institute of Optics

Optics Major & Minor

The Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester has been a leader in the training of optical scientists and engineers since 1929. It is the oldest academic Optics program in the US.


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Hot science:
If you've ever used a magnifying glass to concentrate the sun’s rays on a summer day, you know that solar energy can produce surprisingly high temperatures. What if you gather that energy and focus it on a pot of popcorn? Would it pop the popcorn, just like on a stovetop? Watch the video below to find out!

Summer Optics programs:
In an effort to introduce more students to the growing field of optics and optical engineering, the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics holds a free one week camp each summer called PHOTON CAMP for rising high school juniors and seniors to learn the relevance of optics to everyday life. Students spend a week at The Institute of Optics attending faculty lectures, visiting local optics industry sites, and working in the The Institute's laboratories. There is no cost to attend Photon Camp. Photon Camp 2015 will be held July 6th-10th 2015. For a preview of Photon Camp, check out the video below:

Want to attend the 2015 Photon Camp? Click here to see how to apply!

Pre-College Program:
Students at the University of Rochester's Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will integrate the unique independence of the Rochester Curriculum with advanced research, invention, and problem-solving skills. Rising 11th–12th graders can explore engineering topics, including one week on biomedical engineering, one week on optics, and one week on audio and music engineering. For a preview, check out the video below:

Major & Minor