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Optical Sciences & Engineering: Optical Mechanics Track

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Optical Sciences & Engineering: Optical Mechanics Track

BS in Optical Sciences & Engr

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The major provides a broad background in optics and optical engineering. Students work with lasers, optical detectors, optical instrumentation, optic fiber communications, optical design, and optical fabrication and testing. Traditionally, job opportunities for this major are good, with virtually all students having one or more job offers upon graduation. Marketability is further enhanced for students with backgrounds in complementary fields such as mechanical, biomedical or electrical engineering; materials science, physics, or astronomy. The program is part of the College of Optical Sciences.

Major Details

College: College of Engineering
Admissions Requirements:

This major has additional admission criteria. Please see the College of Engineering website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves skill and facility with calculus. The S-strand begins at one of two calculus options - MATH 124 (Calculus I with Applications) or MATH 125 (Calculus I). Students who successfully complete the S-strand may continue on to MATH 129 (Calculus II), MATH 223 (Vector Calculus), or beyond. Those who choose but are not ready to begin the S-strand will be required to take preparatory work.
Second Language Required:


  • This major doesn't have Language Requirements.
Fees: Yes
Pre-Major: No

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
MATH 122A/B or MATH 125 Calculus I with Applications 3
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I or CHEM 161/163 4
ENGL 101 or 107 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
ENGR 102A/B Introduction to Engineering or ENGR 102 3
Tier I General Education 3
2nd Semester
MATH 129 Calculus II 3
MSE 110 Solid State Chemistry 4
PHYS 141 Introductory Mechanics or PHYS 161H 4
ENGL 102 or 108 or 109H First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
3rd Semester
OPTI 201R Geometrical & Instrumental Optics I (Fall Only) 3
OPTI 201L Geometrical & Instrumental Optics Lab I (Fall Only) 1
MATH 223 Vector Calculus 4
PHYS 241 Introductory Electricity and Magnetism or PHYS 261H 4
Tier I General Education 3
CE 214 Statics 3
4th Semester
OPTI 202R Geometrical and Instrumental Optics II (Spring Only) 3
OPTI 202L Geometrical and Instrumental Optics Lab II (Spring Only) 1
OPTI 280 Computer Programming (Spring Only) 1
OPTI 210 Physical Optics I (Spring Only) 3
MATH 254 Intro to Ordinary Differential Equations 3
AME 250 Dynamics 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
OPTI 341 Semiconductor Physics and Lasers (Fall Only) 3
OPTI 380A Intermediate Optics Laboratory I (Fall Only) 1
MATH 322 Mathematical Analysis for Engineers 3
ECE 207 Elements of Electrical Engineering or ECE 220 3
AME 324A Mechanical Behavior of Engineering Materials 3
OPTI 306 Radiometry, Sources and Detectors (Fall Only) 3
6th Semester
OPTI 330 Physical Optics II (Spring Only) 3
OPTI 340 Optical Design (Spring Only) 3
OPTI 370 Laser and Photonics (Spring Only) 3
OPTI 380B Intermediate Optics Laboratory II (Spring Only) 1
AME 324B Engineering Component Design 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
ENGR 498A Cross-disciplinary Design (Fall Only) – Senior Status 3
OPTI 430 Optical Communication Systems (Fall Only) 3
OPTI 421 Introductory Optomechanical Engineering (Fall Only) 3
OPTI 471A Advanced Optics Laboratory (Fall Only) 2
AME Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
8th Semester
ENGR 498B Cross-disciplinary Design (Spring Only) – Senior Status 3
OPTI 415 Optical Specifications, Fabrication, and Testing (Spring Only) 3
OPTI 471B Advanced Optics Laboratory (Spring Only) 2
AME Technical Elective – See major advisor for course approval 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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