What's faster than a speeding bullet, can change directions on a dime and travels millions of miles in a single day? It's light! Optics is the branch of physics that focuses on the properties and behavior of light.
Calvin's optics program offers career-oriented, hands-on training for students in physics and engineering. The six-course minor features classes in electromagnetism, mechanics and gravity, electricity and magnetism, and laboratory work.
Careers in Optics
- Optical engineer
- Optical information processor
- Imaging technician
- More career opportunities
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Join the department for seminars on cutting-edge research; gain valuable experience as a homework grader, lab assistant or observatory assistant (operating Calvin's telescopes); enjoy department gatherings at professors' homes.
Course Requirements 2013-14
(At least 21 semester hours)
- PHYS-133 Introductory Physics: Mechanics and Gravity
- PHYS-235 Introductory Physics: Electricity and Magnetism
- PHYS-246 Waves, Optics, and Optical Technology
- One course from:
- PHYS-346 Advanced Optics
- PHYS-386 Advanced Optics Laboratory
Students pursuing a physics major and optics minor must follow college guidelines for overlap between a major and a minor; this is facilitated by the option in the physics major of substituting upper-level courses for introductory ones.
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