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Bachelor's Degree in Engineering - Optical Engineering Concentration

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Bachelor of Engineering




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Combine your love of physics and engineering to become an innovator in the next wave of modern optical technologies.

Optics is used in everyday technologies, from the optical fibers that carry all of the information of the internet to the displays, cameras, and optical sensors in modern smartphones, robots, and self-driving vehicles making optical engineering a growing field.

Optical engineering – also known as photonics engineering – is a unique area of study that merges the fields of engineering and physics. The optical engineering concentration at Stevens provides a broad foundation of core engineering skills in foundational subjects ranging from circuits to thermodynamics, coupled with in-depth training in the design of optical instrumentation, lasers, metrology, optical communications technology, and modern photonic devices.

Faculty in the Department of Physics at Stevens have a strong background in optics. As a student, you will learn optical engineering from globally renowned experts – including two fellows of the Optical Society of America and an editor of Optics Letters – and gain hands-on experience in the department’s three state-of-the-art optics teaching labs.

An ABET Accredited Program

The Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), https://www.abet.org.  

More Advantages to our Optical Engineering Program

Optical Engineering Careers

The engineering bachelor's program with a concentration in optical engineering develops in-demand knowledge and skills to put you on track for career success. Not only will you be prepared for careers in optics and photonics, but you'll have the breadth and perspective to understand engineering and technological problems applicable to a variety of disciplines.

The knowledge and skills gained in the optical engineering concentration enables you to pursue careers in the many fields that are heavily reliant on optical technology including aerospace, telecommunications, manufacturing, renewable energy, medicine, and defense, as well as research, entrepreneurship, and public service. Career opportunities as an optical engineer include:

  • Optical Communications and Networking

  • Optical Instrumentation Design

  • Design and Manufacturing of Photonic Devices

  • Metrology and Optical Sensor Design

  • Laser Design and Engineering

  • Biomedical Optics

  • Research and Development

The Job Market for Physics Degrees

59% Private Sector
Employment Sector After Graduation
35% Engineering Field
Field Entered Upon Graduation
24% Computer Software
Field Entered Upon Graduation
4% Physics or Astronomy
Field Entered Upon Graduation

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