Curriculum | Vision Science (MS)

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 application 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