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.

MS Default Curriculum | OD/MS Default Curriculum

MS Default Curriculum (updated on June 5, 2018)

Students entering with a bachelor of science degree, or the equivalent, can complete the Master of Science in Vision Science Program in two years.

Year 1

Fall Credits
VSC-511/OPT-501: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics I 3
OPT-501L.02: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics I Lab 0
VSC-521/OPT-531: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye I        3.5
OPT-531L.02: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye I Lab  0
VSC-751: Vision Science Seminar I 2
VSC-701: MS Vision Research Colloquium 1
VSC-503/OPT-560: Evidence-Based Research & Practice 1
Total 10.5
Spring Credits
VSC-512/OPT-502: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics II 3
OPT-532L.0#: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics II Lab 0
VSC-522/OPT-532: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye II       3
OPT-532L.0#: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye II 0
VSC-701: MS Vision Research Colloquium 2
VSC-752: Vision Science Seminar II 1
Total 9
Summer Credits
VSC-502: Scientific & Clinical Writing                                                      1
VSC-523: Neuroanatomy   2
VSC-600: Practice of Clinical Skills 1
VSC-702: Research Methodology 1.5
VSC-703: Introduction to Statistics 2
VSC-753: Vision Science Seminar III 2
Total 9.5

Year 2

Fall Credits
VSC-642/OPT-662: Visual Perception & Sensation               4
VSC-791: Thesis Research  2
VSC-803: Advanced Statistics   2
Elective  1
Total 9
Spring Credits
VSC-641/OPT-711: Normal & Abnormal Eye Movements      1.5
VSC-791: Thesis Research  2
Elective 1
VSC-513/OPT-503: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics 4
OPT-503L.0#: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics Lab 0
Total 8.5

* A total of 46 credit hours is required, including 4 credits of elective courses.

** A one-time two credits of VSC-791 Thesis Research is required. VSC-791 Thesis Research can be taken many times to fulfill the requirement of 4 credits of electives. 

Total Credit Hours Toward MS Degree: 46.5

 

 

OD/MS Default Curriculum  (updated on June 8, 2018)

Year 1

Summer Credits
VSC-502: Scientific & Clinical Writing 1
VSC-753: Graduate Seminar in Vision Science III 2
VSC-702: Research Methodology 1.5
VSC-703: Intro to Statistics 2
Total 6.5

... and other OD coursework

Year 2

Fall Credits
VSC-701: Vision Research Colloquium 1
VSC-751: Graduate Seminar in Vision Science I  2
VSC-803: Advanced Statistics 2
Total 5
Spring Credits
VSC-701: Vision research Colloquium 1
VSC-752: Vision Science Seminar II 2
Total 3
Summer Credits
Elective 2
Total 2

... and other OD coursework

Year 3

Fall Credits

VSC-791: Thesis Research 

2
Total 2
Spring Credits
VSC-791: Thesis Research  2
Total 2

... and other OD coursework

Total Credits Toward OD/MS Degree: 21