Four-Year Degree (Bachelor’s) Programs in Optics and Photonics in the United States

Source: SPIE and OSA 2003 International Directory of Degree Programs in optics

Common abbreviations:
ECE = Electrical & Computer Engineering
BSEE = Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
BS = Bachelor of Science
BA = Bachelor of Arts

Alabama

  • University of Alabama in Huntsville – Center for Applied Optics, Huntsville, AL – BS with concentration in optics and photonics technology. Mailing address: Center for Applied Optics, The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL 35899. Web address: www.uah.edu/cao/ose

Arizona

  • Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ – BS in optical sciences and engineering. Mailing address: Arizona State University, Electrical Engineering Dept., Tempe , AZ 85287-5706. Web address: www.eas.asu.edu/~eee
  • University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ– BS in optical sciences and engineering. Mailing address: University of Arizona, Optical Sciences Center, Meinel Bldg. #94, PO Box 210094, Tuscon, AZ 85721-0094. Web address: www.optics.arizona.edu

Arkansas

  • University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Fayetteville, AR – BA, BS in physics. Mailing address: Univ. of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Physics Bldg., Room 226, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Web address: http://giles.ualr.edu/git.html

California

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. BSEE with specialization in photonics. Mailing address: California Polytechnic State University, Electrical Engineering Dept., San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 . Web address: www.ee.calpoly.edu
  • California State University at Fullerton, Fullerton, CA. BS in physics. Mailing address: California State University at Fullerton, Dept. of Physics, PO Box 6866 , Fullerton , CA 92834-6866. Web address: http://chaos.fullerton.edu/physics.html
  • California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA. BA in biomedical physics, BA in physics, BS in physics. Mailing address: California State University. Northridge, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA 91330-8268.
  • San Diego State University , San Diego , CA. BS in physics. Mailing address: Department of Physics, San Diego State University , San Diego , CA 92182 . Web address: www.physics.sdsu.edu
  • San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. BA in physics, BS in physics. Mailing address: San Jose State Univ., Dept. of Physics, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0106. Web address: www.physics.sjsu.edu
  • University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, CA. BS in electrical engineering, BS in computer engineering, BS in engineering physics. Mailing address: Univ. of California at San Diego, MC 0408, Dept. of ECE, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0408. Web address: www.ece.ucsd.edu
  • University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA. BSEE. Mailing address: University of California/Santa Barbara, Dept. of E&CE, Santa Barbara, CA 93106. Web address: www.ece.ucsb.edu
  • University of Northern California, Petaluma, CA. BS in optical & photonic engineering, BE in biomedical engineering. Mailing address: Univ. of Northern California, Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, 1304 South Point Blvd., Suite 220, Petaluma, CA 94115. Web address: www.uncm.edu

Colorado

  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. BSEE with a concentration in optoelectronics. Mailing address: Colorado State University , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Ft. Collins, CO 80523. Web address: www.engr.colostate.edu/depts/ee/research/optical/intro/intro,html
  • University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO. BS/BA in electrical and computer engineering, physics, or chemistry. Mailing address: University of Colorado at Boulder , Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 425 UCB, Boulder , CO 80309 . Web address: www.colorado.edu/OSEP/
  • University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO. BA in physics. Mailing address: Univ. of Northern Colorado , Dept. of Physics, Ross Hall, Greeley , CO 80639 . Web address: http://physics.unco.edu

Connecticut 

  • Wesleyan University , Middletown , CT. BS/BA in physics. Mailing address: Wesleyan University , Dept. of Physics, 265 Church St. , Middletown , CT 06459 . Web address: www.wesleyan.edu/physics

Washington, D.C.

  • Georgetown University, Washington DC . BS, BA in physics. Mailing address: Georgetown University , Dept. of Physics, 37th & O St., NW , Washington DC 20057 . Web address: www.physics.georgetown.edu/graduate.htm

Florida 

  • University of Florida , Gainesville , FL. BS in materials science and engineering. Mailing address: Univ. of Florida , Rm. 202, Rhines Hall , MS &E Dept., PO Box 116400 , Gainesville , FL 32611-6400 . Web address: www.mse.ufl.edu

Idaho

  • Boise State University , Boise , ID. BSEE with a concentration in signal and image processing. Mailing address: Boise State Univ., Dept. of E&CE, 1910 University Dr. , Boise , ID 83725 . Web address: http://coen.boisestate.edu

Illinois

  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago , IL . BS in electrical engineering, BS in computer engineering. Mailing address: Illinois Institute of Technology, Dept. of E&CE, Siegel Hall, Rm 136, 3301 S. Dearborn St. , Chicago , IL 60616-3793 . Web address: www.ece.iit.edu

Indiana

  • Purdue University , W. Lafayette, IN. BSEE, BSCMPE. Mailing address: Purdue Univ. , School of Electrical & Computer Engineering, 465 Northwestern Ave. , W. Lafayette , IN 47907-1385.
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Heute, IN. BS in physics or applied optics, BS in optical engineering. Mailing address: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Physics & Applied Optics Dept., 5500 Wabash Ave. , CM 169, Terre Heute , IN 47803 . Web address: www.rose-hulman.edu/phoe

Iowa

  • University of Iowa , Iowa City , IA. Bachelor’s degrees in physics, chemistry, electrical & computer engineering, chemical & biochemical engineering. Mailing address: Optical Science & Technology Center, Univ. of Iowa , 114IATL, Iowa City , IA 52242 . Web address: http://ostc.physics.uiowa.edu

Kentucky

  • University of Louisville , Louisville , KY. Bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering, chemical engineering, physics, chemistry, computer science & engineering. Mailing address: Univ. of Louisville, ElectroOptics Research Institute, Lutz Bldg., Room 442, Louisville , KY 40292 . Web address: www.ee.louisville.edu/~eri

Maryland

  • Johns Hopkins University , Electrical & Computer Engineering, Baltimore, MD. BS in electrical engineering, BS in computer engineering. Mailing address: Johns Hopkins Univ., 105 Barton Hall, Dept. of E&CE, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore , MD 21218 . Web address: www.ece.jhu.edu

Massachusetts

  • Boston University , Boston , MA . BS in electrical engineering, BS in computer systems engineering. Mailing address: Boston University , Dept. of ECE, 8 St. Mary’s St. , Boston, MA 02215 . Web address: www.bu.edu/msphotonics
  • University of Massachusetts/Amherst, Amherst , MA . BSEE. Mailing address: Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst, ECE Dept., Amherst , MA 01003 -5110. Web address: www.ecs.umass.edu/ece/
  • University of Massachusetts/Lowell, Lowell, MA. BS in physics/optics option. Mailing address: Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell, Olney Science Center , Dept. of Physics & Applied Physics, 265 Riverside St., Lowell , MA 01854 . Web address: www.uml.edu
  • University of Massachusetts/Lowell – Electrical & computer Engineering, Lowell, MA. BSEE with concentration in optics. Mailing address: Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell, Electrical & Computer Engineering Dept., Lowell, MA 01854. Web address: www.eng.uml.edu/~ece

Minnesota

Missouri

  • University of Missouri/Columbia, Columbia, MO. BS/BA in physics. Mailing address: Univ. of Missouri/Columbia, 223 Physics Bldg., Columbia, MO 65211 . Web address: www.missouri.edu/~physwww/physics.html
  • University of Missouri/Rolla, Rolla, MO. BSEE and BS Physics in optics/smart structures. Mailing address: Univ. Of Missouri/Rolla, 121 EECH, 1870 Miner Cir., Rolla, MO 65409-0040. Web address: www.ece.umr.edu/~optics/

Nevada

  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. BS in physics, BS in applied physics, BS in computational physics. Mailing address: Univ. of Nevada/Las Vegas, Physics Dept., 4505 Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89154-4002. Web address: www.physics.unlv.edu

New Jersey

  • New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ . BSEE, BSCoE. Mailing address: New Jersey Institute of Technology, ECE Dept., Electronic Imaging Center, Newark, NJ 07102-1982. Web address: www.njit.edu
  • Princeton University – Electrical Engineering, Princeton, NJ . BSEE. Mailing address: Princeton University, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, E-Quad, B-210, Princeton, NJ 08544. Web address: www.ee.princeton.edu
  • Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ . BS in ceramic and materials engineering. Mailing address: Rutgers Univ., Ceramic and Materials Engineering Dept., 607 Taylor Rd. , Piscataway , NJ 08854-8065 . Web address: http://irfibers.rutgers.edu/
  • Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken , NJ . BS in applied physics, BE in engineering physics (optical engineering). Mailing address: Dept. of Physics and Engineering Physics, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken , NJ 07030. Web address: www.stevens-tech.edu/physics

New Mexico

  • New Mexico State University , Las Cruces , NM . BS in physics, BSEE. Mailing address: The Klipsch School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, New Mexico State University , Box 30001 , MSC-3-O, Las Cruces , NM 88003-8001. Web address: http://lens.nmsu.edu
  • University of New Mexico , Albuquerque , NM . BS/BSEE with optics concentration. Mailing address: Univ. of New Mexico , Physics & Astronomy Dept., Albuquerque , NM 87131 . Web address: www.optics.unm.edu

New York

  • Alfred University , Alfred , NY . BS in Electrical Engineering. Mailing address: Alfred Univ., Electrical Engineering Dept., 26 N. Main St. , Alfred , NY 14802 . Web address: www.alfred.edu
  • City College of New York , New York , NY . BS & BE, Depts. Of Physics & Electrical Engineering. Mailing address: City College of New York , Physics and Electrical Engineering Dept., 138th St. & Convent Ave. , New York , NY 10031. Web address: www.ccny.cuny.edu
  • City University of New York , New York , NY . BS & BE, Center for Ultrafast Photonics. Mailing address: City University of New York , Ctr. for Ultrafast Photonics, NY State Ctr. For Advanced Technology, 138th St. & Convent Ave., New York , NY 10031.
  • Columbia University , New York , NY. BS in applied physics. Mailing address: Columbia University , 500 W. 120th Street , Room 200 Mudd, MC4701, New York , NY 10027 . Web address: www.apam.columbia.edu
  • Cornell University , Ithaca , NY . BS in engineering physics. Mailing address: Cornell Univ., School of Applied & Engineering Physics, 212 Clark Hall, Ithaca , NY 14853 . Web address: www.englib.cornell.edu/aep/AEP.html
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester , NY . BS in imaging and photographic technology. Mailing address: RIT, Imaging and Photographic Technology, 70 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester, NY 14623. Web address: http://imaging.rit.edu
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. BS in Optics. Institute of Optics , University of Rochester, Box 270186, Rochester, NY 14627. Web address: www.optics.rochester.edu/

North Carolina

  • Duke University , Durham , NC . Conventional undergraduate degrees in science & engineering. Mailing address: Duke University, The Fitzpatrick Ctr., Box 90305, Durham, NC 27708. Web address: www.fitzpatrick.duke.edu
  • University of North Carolina/Charlotte, Charlotte , NC . BA & BS in physics. Mailing address: UNC Charlotte , Dept. of Physics, Charlotte , NC 28223-0001. Web address: www.physics.uncc.edu

North Dakota

  • North Dakota State University , Fargo , ND . BS in EE, optical engineering option, BS in physics, optical science & engineering option. Mailing address: North Dakota State Univ., Dept. of Physics, PO Box 5566 , Fargo , ND 58105-5566 . Web address: www.ndsu.edu/

Oklahoma

  • University of Central Oklahoma , Edmond , OK . BS in engineering physics. Mailing address: Univ. of Central Oklahoma , Dept. of Physics & Engineering, 100 N. University Dr. , Edmond , OK 73034 . Web address: www.physics.ucok.edu

Oregon

  • Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls , OR . BS in engineering technology. Mailing address: Oregon Institute of Technology, Laser Optical Engineering Technology, 3201 Campus Dr. PV2, Klamath Falls , OR 97601 . Web address: www.oit.edu/
  • Oregon State University , Corvallis , OR . BS in physics/optics, BS in engineering physics/optics, BSEE with concentration in optics. Mailing address: Oregon State University , Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering, 220 ECE Building, Corvallis , OR 97331 . Web address: www.ece.orst.edu
  • Portland State University , Portland , OR . BS in ECE, physics, chemistry. Mailing address: Portland State Univ., Dept. of E&CE, PO Box 751 , Portland , OR 97207-0751 . Web address: www.optics.pdx.edu/

Pennsylvania

  • Carnegie Mellon University , Pittsburgh , PA. BS in ECE. Mailing address: Carnegie Mellon, ECE Dept., Pittsburgh , PA 15213 . Web address: www.ece.cmu.edu/~casasent
  • Lehigh University , Bethlehem , PA. BSEE. Lehigh Univ. , EE&CE Dept., 19 Memorial Dr W, Bethlehem , PA 18015 . Web address: www.lehigh.eecs.lehigh.edu
  • Pennsylvania State University , University Park , PA. BS in electrical engineering. Mailing address: Pennsylvania State University , Electrical Engineering Dept., University Park , PA 16802 . Web address: www.ee.psu.edu/research/electro.html
  • University of Pittsburgh , Pittsburgh , PA. BSEE. Mailing address: Univ. of Pittsburgh , Dept. of Electrical Engineering, 348 Benedum Hall, Pittsburgh , PA 15261 . Web address: www.engr.pitt.edu/electrical/
  • University of Pittsburgh – Physics and Astronomy, Pittsburgh , PA. Certificate in Photonics (including bachelor’s). Mailing address: Univ. of Pittsburgh , Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, 405 Allen Hall, 3941 O’Hara St. , Pittsburgh , PA 15261 . Web address: www.phyast.pitt.edu/~snoke/photonics

South Dakota

  • South Dakota State University , Brookings, SD. BS in physics, BS in engineering physics. Mailing address: South Dakota State Univ., Physics Dept., Box 2219 , Brookings , SD 57007 . Web address: www.engineering.sdstate.edu/~physics/physics.htm

Tennessee

  • Fisk University , Nashville , TN. BS in physics, concentration in photonics. Mailing address: Fisk Univ. , Ctr. for Photonic Materials & Devices, Dept. of Physics, PO Box 15 , Nashville , TN 37208. Web address: www.fisk.edu
  • University of Tennessee Space Institute, Tullahoma , TN. Bachelor’s in physics. Mailing address: Univ. of Tennessee Space Institute, Dept. of Physics, Tullahoma , TN 37388 . Web address: cla.utsi.edu ; www.utsi.edu
  • Vanderbilt University , Nashville , TN. BE (biomedical engineering). Mailing address: Vanderbilt Univ, Biomedical Engineering Dept., Box 351631 Station B, Nashville , TN 37235 . Web address: www.bme.vanderbilt.edu/bmeoptics

Texas

  • University of Texas at Arlington , Arlington , TX . BSEE. Mailing address: Univ. of Texas/Arlington, Department of Electrical Engineering, Box 19016 , Arlington, TX 76019 . Web address: www-ee.uta.edu/eo/
  • University of Texas at El Paso , El Paso , TX . BS in electrical engineering. Mailing address: Univ. of Texas/El Paso , Dept. of E&CE, El Paso , TX 79968 . Web address: www.utep.edu

Utah

  • University of Utah , Salt Lake City , UT. BS with optics concentration, bioengineering, electrical and computer engineering, physics depts. Mailing address: Univ. of Utah , Rm. 3280, Electrical Engineering Dept., 50 S. Central Campus Dr. , Salt Lake City , UT 84112-9206 . Web address: www.ece.utah.edu

Virginia

  • University of Virginia – Physics, Charlottesville , VA. BA & BS in physics (optics concentration). Mailing address: Univ. of Virginia , Physics Dept., 383 McCormick Rd., PO Box 400714 , Charlottesville , VA 22904-4714 . Web address: www.physics.virginia.edu/
  • Virginia Tech – Fiber and Electro-Optics Research Center , Blacksburg , VA. BSEE, BSCpE. Mailing address: Virginia Tech, Fiber & Electro-Optics Research Ctr., 106 Plantation Rd. , 0356, Blacksburg , VA 24061 . Web address: www.ee.vt.edu/~feorc
  • Virginia Tech – Optical Sciences and Engineering Research Center , Blacksburg , VA. Mailing address: Virginia Tech, Optical Sciences & Engineering Research Ctr., 106 Plantation Rd. , 0356, Blacksburg , VA 24061 . Web address: www.oser.vt.edu

Washington

  • Washington State University , Pullman , WA . BS/BA in physics with optoelectronics option. Mailing address: Washington State Univ., Webster Hall Rm 1245, Dept. of Physics, PO Box 642814 , Pullman , WA 99164-2814 . Web address: www.physics.wsu.edu

West Virginia

  • West Virginia University , Morgantown , WV . BS in electrical engineering, chemical engineering, physics. Mailing address: West Virginia Univ. , Dept. of CSEE, PO Box 6109 , Morgantown , WV 26506-6109 . Web address: www.csee.wvu.edu/pmt

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