Curriculum

The Master of Science in Vision Science (MSVS) Program engages students in advanced study and research of the visual system and prepares them for career success in teaching and/or research in academic settings or applications in the ophthalmic industry.

(update for Academic Year 2021-22 on 6/14/2021)

MS Default Curriculum | OD/MS Default Curriculum

MS Default Curriculum

  • Students entering with a bachelor of science degree, or equivalent, may complete the Master of Science in Vision Science Program in two years. 
  • The current default curriculum spreads into five semesters, including one required summer term. 

Year 1

Fall

Credits

VSC-515: Visual Optics I

2

VSC-503/OPT-560: Evidence-Based Research & Practice

1

VSC-521: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye I       

3

VSC-521L: lab of Anatomy, biochemistry, & Physiology of Eye I   

0.5

VSC-523: Neuroanatomy of the Visual Pathway

2

VSC-701: MS Vision Research Colloquium

1

Total

9.5

 

Spring

Credits

VSC-516: Visual optics II (with lab)

2

VSC-522: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye II      

2

VSC-522L: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye II lab

1

VSC-701: MS Vision Research Colloquium

1

VSC-702: Research Methodology

1.5

VSC-751: Vision Science Seminar I

3

Total

10.5

 

Summer

Credits

VSC-644: Fundamentals of Ocular Motility                          

1

VSC-703: Introduction to Statistics

2

VSC-752: Vision Science Seminar II (Visual Perception)              

3

VSC-756: Independent Study

1

VSC-803: Advanced Statistics

2

Total

9

Year 2

Fall

Credits

VSC-660: Practice of Clinical Skills                                            

1

VSC-631: Common Ocular Diseases

2

VSC-791: Thesis Research 

2

VSC-8#1 Advanced MS/PhD Seminar

3

Elective

1

Total

9

 

Spring

Credits

VSC-502: Scientific & Clinical Writing

1.5

VSC-791: Thesis Research                                                        

2

Total

3.5

Total Credit Hours: 41.5

 

 

OD/MS Default Curriculum 

  • if accepted by spring term of 1st-yr OD study

Year 1

Spring 

Credits

VSC-701: MS Vision Research Colloquium    

1

VSC-751: Vision Science Seminar II 

3

Total

4

 

Summer

Credits

VSC-703: Intro to Statistics

2

VSC-752: Vision Science Seminar II            

3

VSC-756: Independent Study 

1

Total

6

Year 2

Fall

Credits

VSC-701: Vision Research Colloquium        

1

VSC-702: Research Methods

1.5

Electives

1

Total

3.5

 

Spring

Credits

VSC-791: Thesis Research

1

VSC-8#1:PhD/MS Advanced Seminar         

3

Total

4

Year 3

Summer

Credits

VSC-791: Thesis Research                        

1

Total

1

 

Fall

Credits

VSC-791: Thesis Research                        

1

VSC-803: Advanced Statistics

2

Total

3

 

Spring

Credits

VSC-502: Scientific & Clinical Writing

1.5

VSC-791: Thesis Research                        

1

Total

2.5

Total Credit Hours: 24