Specialization in Optics for Physics Majors
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Stony Brook University
The department has recently established a
"Specialization in Optics" for Physics Majors. Students
satisfying the requirements of the specialization will have this
achievement recognized by a notation on their official transcript,
upon request. The existing Optics Minor offered by the department
continues to be available to students not seeking to major in physics.
Courses totaling 12 credits beyond those needed for the Physics Major
are required, in three principal categories. All courses must be
passed with grade C or better.
A) All four of the following 3 credit, non-laboratory courses: PHY-301
(E&M I), PHY-302 (E&M II), PHY-308 (QM I), and PHY-452 (Lasers).
B) Either PHY-405 (QM II) or an approved course or courses related to
optics from outside the department, totalling at least 3 credits. Examples
of such courses in the College of Engineering are: ESE-340, (Communication
Theory); ESE-357 (Digital Image Processing); ESE-358 (Computer Vision);
ESE-362 (Opto-electronic Devices); ESE-363 (Fiber Optic Communications);
and ESM-325 (Diffraction Techniques).
C) An optics-related laboratory component. It can consist of either 3
credits (or more) of optics-related research in PHY-487 (Independent
Research) or a new, 3-credit, 400-level course that would be an
undergraduate version of the present 2-credit, PHY-582 (Optics