Undergraduate optical engineering at the University of Arizona

Jack D. Gaskill, James M. Palmer, Michael J Nofziger

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Abstract

Planning for the undergraduate Optical Engineering program at the University of Arizona, which leads to the B.S. Degree in Optical Engineering, was begun in the mid 1980's - primarily in response to a cry from industry that there was a national shortage of individuals with formal training in optics at the baccalaureate level. The curriculum for the new degree was modeled after that of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester to some extent, but was given somewhat more of an electrical engineering flavor. In addition to the usual doses of mathematics, chemistry, physics and social sciences found in standard engineering programs, the University of Arizona program requires 22 units (semester credit hours) of electrical engineering, 30 units of optical engineering and 12 units of senior-level technical electives, for a total of 128 units. The program has grown at a moderate rate since it was given official status in 1989, and 72 students were enrolled as Optical Engineering majors during the spring semester 1995; the maximum enrolment of 100 will be likely be reached sometime before the year 2000. A total of 35 individuals have new received the B.S. Degree in Optical Engineering at the University of Arizona. The philosophy and curriculum of this program is described in some detail.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
EditorsM.J. Soileau
Pages123-125
Number of pages3
Volume2525
StatePublished - 1995
Event1995 Int. Conference on Education in Optics - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jul 9 1995Jul 10 1995

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Other1995 Int. Conference on Education in Optics
CitySan Diego, CA, USA
Period7/9/957/10/95

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Gaskill, J. D., Palmer, J. M., & Nofziger, M. J. (1995). Undergraduate optical engineering at the University of Arizona. In M. J. Soileau (Ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 2525, pp. 123-125)

Undergraduate optical engineering at the University of Arizona. / Gaskill, Jack D.; Palmer, James M.; Nofziger, Michael J.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. ed. / M.J. Soileau. Vol. 2525 1995. p. 123-125.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Gaskill, JD, Palmer, JM & Nofziger, MJ 1995, Undergraduate optical engineering at the University of Arizona. in MJ Soileau (ed.), Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 2525, pp. 123-125, 1995 Int. Conference on Education in Optics, San Diego, CA, USA, 7/9/95.
Gaskill JD, Palmer JM, Nofziger MJ. Undergraduate optical engineering at the University of Arizona. In Soileau MJ, editor, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 2525. 1995. p. 123-125
Gaskill, Jack D. ; Palmer, James M. ; Nofziger, Michael J. / Undergraduate optical engineering at the University of Arizona. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. editor / M.J. Soileau. Vol. 2525 1995. pp. 123-125
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