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Undergraduate Program

Course Schedule Example

Below is an example of one possible four-year schedule for optics and optical engineering students.  See also the class of 2019 (and beyond) example schedule for the Math 16X series sequence.

First Year

Fall

Spring

MTH 161 Calculus IA

MTH 162 Calculus IIA

Class of 2016, 2017, 2018: CHM 131 CHM Concepts, Systems, Practice I
Class of 2019: CHM 137 Chemical Principles for Engineers

PHY 121 Mechanics

WRT 105 College Writing Course (or Cluster Course)

Cluster Course (or WRT 105 College Writing Course)

EAS 105 Introduction to Optics (recommended)

Class of 2017, 2018: CSC 160 Computing Course
Class of 2019, 2020: OPT 211 Matlab for Optics Majors, Part I

Second Year

Fall

Spring

OPT 241 Geometrical Optics

OPT 287 Math Methods for Optics & Physics

OPT 201 Geometrical Optics Lab

OPT 261 Interference & Diffraction

MTH 164 Multidimensional Calculus

OPT 202 Physical Optics Lab

PHY 122 Electricity & Magnetism

PHY 123 Waves & Modern Physics

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Third Year

Fall

Spring

OPT 262 Electromagnetic Theory

OPT 225 Optical Sources and Detectors

OPT 242 Aberrations and Testing

OPT 204 Sources and Detectors Lab

OPT 203 Instrumentation Lab

OPT 223 Quantum Theory of Optics

MTH 165 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

ECE 210 Circuits & Microcontrollers for Engineers or equivalent

Class of 2016, 2017, 2018: Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective
Class of 2019: OPT 212 Matlab for Optics Majors, Part II

Class of 2016, 2017, 2018: Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective
Class of 2019: WRT 273: Communicating Your Professional Identity

Fourth year

Fall

Spring

OPT 310 Senior Design I

OPT 311 Senior Design II

OPT 320 Senior Thesis I

OPT 321 Senior Thesis II

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective

Cluster course, technical elective, or free elective