Engineering with a concentration in Optical Engineering Undergraduate Program

Mission Statement

The mission of this concentration is to prepare a next generation of engineers with a deep background in optics and optical design. The mission of the program is to prepare students for careers in many emerging areas of technology such as machine vision and lidar for autonomous vehicles and robots, additive manufacturing, next generation laser and optics based weapons systems, quantum computing and communication, biomedical optics, renewable energy, and new lighting and display technologies. The educational program emphasizes optical physics and hands on laboratory training along with design.


The concentration-specific objectives of this program are:

  1. Graduates will possess a solid foundation in the basic principles of optics, mathematics, and physics necessary to understand a broad range of optical systems.
  2. Graduates will be able to work both independently and as part of multidisciplinary teams using engineering tools and techniques to design, analyze, build, and test technological systems.
  3. Graduates will after a few years either be pursuing an advanced degree or advancing beyond their entry-level positions towards leadership roles in commercial or government jobs.
  4. Graduates will behave ethically while understanding and appreciating the role of engineering in society and the economy.
  5. Graduates will continue to develop professionally and be able to adapt to a changing work and professional environment.


By the time of graduation, students majoring in civil engineering will have the ability to:

  1. an ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics
  2. an ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors 
  3. an ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences
  4. an ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts
  5. an ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives
  6. an ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions
  7. an ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies
  8. a fundamental knowledge and an appreciation of the technology and business processes necessary to nurture new technologies from concept to commercialization.

The Bachelor of Engineering program in engineering with a concentration in Optical Engineering is seeking accreditation by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET. Enrollment and Graduation Data