LEO-110 - Intro to Optics and Photonics

3 credits

In this introductory course, students will be introduced to the field of optics and photonics and the many exciting applications and career opportunities possible. Students will learn about optics, lasers, fiber optics, electro-optics and integrated photonics by drawing from the latest cutting edge applications in precision manufacturing, aerospace, biomedical device, medicine, 3D sensing, display technology, communications, astronomy and many others. Classroom lectures will be supplemented with demonstrations, hands-on activities, independent research projects, company tours, and guest speakers. The purpose of the course is to help develop a solid conceptual understanding of foundational principles of optics and photonics as well as the problem-solving and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the field. Students will also gain an awareness of the many and varied career opportunities and pathways available in this fascinating and rapidly growing field.