Coursework | PhD in Vision Science

The required minimum of 58.5 credit hours of Ph.D. coursework can be satisfied by:

  • Vision Science Core Courses required for the MS degree* 
  • Vision Science Seminars courses*
  • Basic Research skills*
  • Ph.D. Advanced Research Skills
  • Ph.D. Vision Research Colloquium
  • Ph.D. Research Work
  • Ph.D. Advanced Seminars
  • Teaching Experiences
  • Elective courses

*waved for students with Pacific University MSVS degree 

Other coursework may be counted toward degree requirements if approved by the VSG Committee.

Curriculum details

Ph.D. Advanced Research Skills: 2.5 Credits

  • VSC 802 - Advanced Research Methodology, 1.5 credits
  • VSC 861 - Survey of Vision Science Laboratories, 1.0 credit

PhD Colloquium: 4.0 Credits

  • VSC 801 - Ph.D. Vision Research Colloquium: 4 credits total

Ph.D. Research Work: 18 credits

  • VSC 862 - Laboratory Study, 3.0 credits
  • VSC 902 - Proposal Writing & Grant Application, 3.0 credits
  • VSC 991 - Dissertation Research, 1-3 credit(s), minimum 12 credits total

Ph.D. Advanced Seminars: 12.0 credits

  • VSC 811 - Advanced Seminar in Vision & Optics, 3.0 credits
  • VSC 821 - Advanced Seminar in Ocular Anatomy & Physiology, 3.0 credits
  • VSC 831 - Advanced Seminar in Eye Diseases & Public Health, 3.0 credits
  • VSC 841 - Advanced Seminar in Oculomotor Function & Visual Performance, 3.0 credits

Ph.D. Teaching Experiences: 2.0 credits

  • OPT 970 - Teaching Experiences, 1.0 credit, minimum 2 credits total

Electives: 5.0 credits