These are student perspectives on the courses in Applied Science (EAD). Optics majors also take many of their classes from the Electrical and Computer Engineering department, so check out the ECE course Reviews as well.

Optical Engineering Courses

1. Optical Science and Engineering

This is generally taught seminar style. It's not particularly difficult, and you get to learn all about what optical engineers actually do. (Hint: not laser eye surgery.)

108A. Optics I

Geometric optics. Lenses, ray tracing, aberrations, etc. Lots of geometry.

108B. Optics II

Wave Optics. Transmission, diffraction, etc. More E&M than 108A.

161. Optical Design

Senior design project, though nothing stops you from taking it as a junior. This is going to be turned into a two-quarter series, which is good since ten weeks wasn't really enough to accomplish as much as we wanted to.

165. Statistical and Quantum Optics

I hope you remember some of P-Chem. This material is pretty hard conceptually.

166. Lasers and Nonlinear Optics

What self-respecting optics major doesn't love lasers?

167. Fourier Optics

The homework assignments take a lot of time, but start early. I've heard that this is really important material if you're going on to graduate school.

170. Optical Spectroscopy: Concepts and Instrumentation

Learn a lot about NIST. If you take this with McCurdy, he likes to go off on tangents that turn out to be really interesting.

172. Optical Methods for Biological Research

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Computational Applied Science Courses

2. Introduction to Applied Computational Science and Engineering

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115. Numerical Solution of Engineering and Scientific Problems

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116. Computer Solution of Physical Problems

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117A. Simulation and Modeling of Deterministic Dynamical Systems

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117B. Simulation and Modeling of Statistical Systems

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117C. Topics in Simulation and Modeling

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118. High Performance Computing

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119. Applied Computational Linear Algebra

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