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

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

Year 1

Fall Credits
VSC-511/OPT-501: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics I 3
OPT-501L: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics I Lab 0
VSC-521/OPT-531: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye I        3.5
OPT-531L: 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-502L: Geometric, Physical, & Visual Optics II Lab 0
VSC-522/OPT-532: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye II       3
OPT-532L: Anatomy, Biochemistry, & Physiology of the Eye II 0
VSC-701: MS Vision Research Colloquium 1
VSC-752: Vision Science Seminar II 2
VSC-502: Scientific & Clinical Writing 1
Total 10
Summer Credits
VSC-523: Neuroanatomy of Visual Pathway                        2
VSC-641/OPT-711: Normal & Abnormal Eye Movement 1.5
VSC-660: 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 10

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-513/OPT-503: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics         4
OPT-503L.0#: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics Lab 0
VSC-791: Thesis Research  2
Elective 1
Total 7

Total Credit Hours: 46.5

 

 

OD/MS Default Curriculum 

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

Year 1

Spring  Credits
VSC-502: Scientific & Clinical Writing 1
VSC-701: Vision Research Colloquium 1
VSC-752: Graduate Seminar in Vision Science II  2
Total 4
Summer Credits
VSC-753: Graduate Seminar in Vision Science III 2
VSC-702: Research Methodology 1.5
VSC-703: Intro to Statistics 2
Total 5.5

Year 2

Fall Credits
VSC-701: Vision Research Colloquium 1
VSC-751: Graduate Seminar in Vision Science I   2
Total 3
Spring Credits
VSC-756: Independent Study (or elective)          2
Total 2

Year 3

Fall Credits
VSC-791: Thesis Research                                 2
VSC-803: Advanced Statistics 2
Total 4
Spring Credits
VSC-791: Thesis Research                                 2
Total 2

Total Credit hours: 20.5