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Optical Engineering, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Terre Haute, IN, United States
The Optical Engineering program of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is one of the few in the country. This program provides a firm foundation for those interested in continuing thier studies in optics at the graduate level, as well as for those going into industry.
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The science of light, once confined to research labs and science fiction novels, has found its way into our everyday lives. The applications of optics can be seen everywhere. A list of more common examples of these applications include laser printers, fiber optic communication, internet switches, fiber optic telephone lines, compact disc players, credit cards bearing holograms, grocery checkout scanners, computers and eye surgery.

The field of optics is an enabling technology and is growing at a rapid pace. Optical techniques are found in a wide range of areas such as surveying and construction, measurements of material parameters and deformation, flow measurements, communications, machine vision, laser cutting, drilling and welding, data storage, internet switches, optical computers and sensors etc. Surveys show that there is a growing demand for optical designers/scientists/ engineers every year. Opportunities for graduates in Optical Engineering are available in many industries, including automated inspection, consumer electronics, fiber optic communications, optical instrumentation, laser devices, radar systems, data storage etc.

The curriculum was developed by the faculty with input from industrial representatives as well as from renowned national and international optics educators. Because of the diverse applications of optics, the curriculum contains a mix of courses in physics and mathematics as well as humanities and social sciences. The Optical Engineering program of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology stresses laboratory instruction. We also encourage students to look at options for a double major, especially Optical Engineering with electrical, computer or mechanical engineering.

Program Educational Objectives

  • Our graduates will set their career path and advance beyond their entry-level position or progress toward the completion of an advanced degree.
  • Our graduates will make a positive impact on society.
  • Our graduates will behave ethically and act as responsible members of the engineering and science community.
  • Our graduates will continue to develop professionally

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    194 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Lasers & Fiber Optics
  • Geometrical Optics
  • Photonic Devices & Systems
  • Linear Optical Systems
  • Opto-Mech & Optical Engineering Lab
  • Fiber Optics & Application

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • The International Student Application
  • SAT-I or ACT results
  • A letter of recommendation
  • An official copy of the secondary school record
  • An affidavit of support indicating your ability to fund the cost of attendance at Rose-Hulman
  • An official copy of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) report or IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49479 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49479 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    49479 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49479 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Terre Haute

  • 911 - 1480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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