Curriculum | Vision Science PhD

The PhD in Vision Science Program emphasizes the research training and intellectual foundation necessary for well-rounded scientific research. Students will receive solid training on research methodology and laboratory rotation in the first year, along with classroom experiences for domain-specific knowledge, including courses from at least three broad topical areas and in-depth understanding in individual’s primary area of research interests. The following is a sample curriculum for the PhD coursework, which can vary significantly across individuals. Complete course descriptions are available in the course catalog.

Year 1

Fall Spring
OPT Description Credits OPT Description Credits
725 Assessment and Management of Strabismus and Amblyopia 4 734 Ocular Manifestation of Neurologic Disease 2
740 Seminar in Contact Lenses 2 763 Environmental, Occupational and Recreational Vision 2
  Vision Science Research Methodology 1   Advanced Seminar in Vision and Optics 2
  Vision Research Practice 1   Focused Study in Vision and Optics 2
        Vision Research Practice 1
  TOTAL 10   TOTAL 10

Year 2

Fall Spring Summer
OPT Description Credits OPT Description Credits OPT Description Credits
535 Functional Neuroanatomy and Neurobiology 3 979-III Focused Study in Vision & PUblic Haelth 2   Laboratory Study 3
728 Assessment and Management of the Partially-Sighted Patient 2   Advanced Seminar in Anatomy, Physiology 2   Independent Study 1
  Advanced Seminary in Vision & Public Health 2   Elective 2   Elective 2
  Vision Research Review 1   Vision Research Review 1      
        *Qualificaiton Exam: Written & Oral*    
  TOTAL 10   TOTAL 10   TOTAL 9

Year 3

Fall Spring
OPT Description Credits OPT Description Credits
  Dissertation Research 3   Dissertation Research 3
  elective 2      
  elective 2      
970 Teaching Experience 1      
  Vision Research Review 1   Vision Research Review 1
  TOTAL 9   TOTAL 4