Technical Electives

Students can think of the requirement as a “cluster.” The goal is to study an area that is of interest, but not part of the core requirements. Twelve technical elective credits are required, which is usually completed with three four credit courses. Suggested technical themes are listed below. The combinations listed are not a mandatory sequence of technical electives; they serve as a starting point for students considering combinations.

Suggested Technical Themes
Biomedical OpticsOptics + MathLens DesignPhotonic Materials/ DevicesOptics & PHYSsicsLab SpecialLasers and PhotonicOptomechanics
OPT 241*OPT 287*OPT 241*OPT 225*OPT 223*OPT 204*OPT 225*OPT 242*
OPT 248MATH 2XXOPT 243ME 280PHYS 235OPT 253OPT 465ME 226
BME 272MATH 2XXOPT 244OPT 421PHYS 227PHYS 243WOPT 468OPT 232
BME 270MATH 2XXOPT 246OPT 246PHYS 246OPT 254OPT 466OPT 432
  OPT 247     

*For students pursuing graduate studies at the Institute, these courses cannot count for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in optics:

  • OPT 232: Opto-Mechanics
  • OPT 243: Optical Fabrication and Testing
  • OPT 244: Lens Design
  • OPT 246: Thin Film Coatings
  • OPT 247: Advanced Optical Coatings
  • OPT 248: Vision and the Eye
  • OPT 253: Quantum Optics Lab
  • OPT 257: Advanced Senior Laboratory
  • OPT 276: Biomedical Optics
  • OPT 421: Optical Properties of Materials
  • OPT 432: Intro to Optomechanics
  • OPT 444: Lens Design
  • OPT 465: Laser Systems
  • OPT 468: Waveguide Optoelectronic Devices
  • BME 270: Biomedical Microscopy
  • ECE 235: Intro to Optoelectronics
  • ME 226: Intro to Solid Mechanics
  • ME 280: Intro to Material Science
  • MATH 2XX: Any upper division math course
  • PHYS 227: Thermo and Stat Mechanics
  • PHYS 235: Advanced Classical Mechanics PHYS 243W Advanced Lab Topics
  • PHYS 246: Quantum Theory
  • PHYS 253: Biological Physics