Graduate Program in Vision Science (MS, PhD)


  • OPT–V 595 First-Year Research (1–5 cr.)
  • OPT–V 695 Second-Year Research (1–5 cr.)
  • OPT–V 700 Introduction to Vision Science I (4 cr.) The first of a two-semester sequence of courses that provides a comprehensive introduction to vision science. The course is designed for graduate students enrolled in Vision Science, but is also suitable for students from other disciplines who are interested in the eye and vision.
  • OPT–V 701 Introduction to Vision Science II (4 cr.) The second of a two-semester sequence of courses on vision science. V 700 and this course constitute a breadth requirement for Ph.D. students in Vision Science.
  • OPT–V 703 Refractive Anomalies I (3 cr.) Optics and epidemiology of refractive anomalies of the human eye.
  • OPT–V 704 Refractive Anomalies II (3 cr.) Development, progression, and management of myopia.
  • OPT–V 705 Ocular Surface Biology (4 cr.) Basic biology and physiology of the ocular surface, including the cornea, conjunctiva, and tear film.
  • OPT–V 706 Ocular Surface II: Current Issues (4 cr.) Current issues affecting the ocular surface, including contact lenses, disease, and surgery.
  • OPT–V 707 Retinal Imaging (2–3 cr.) The fundamental methods used in imaging the human retina will be examined, including types of illumination and delivery methods, optical techniques for detection, interaction of light and tissues, systems integration, and selection of imaging modalities based on scientific goals.
  • OPT–V 716 The Visual Pathways (4 cr.) P: Permission of the instructor. For students in the visual sciences, comprehensive study of the human optic pathways.
  • OPT–V 717 Noninvasive Assessment of Visual Function (3 cr.) Focuses on the clinical application of psychophysical techniques for the detection and diagnosis of visual anomalies and ocular disease.
  • OPT–V 718 Visual Functions in Low Vision (3 cr.) Studying behavioral aspects of visual function measurements in the low-vision population.
  • OPT–V 723 The Eye as an Optical Instrument (4 cr.) P: V 663 or equivalent.
  • OPT–V 764 Cellular and Molecular Aspects of Ocular Disease and Injury (4 cr.) Study of selected reports dealing with corneal wound healing, the cataractous lens, and retinal degenerations.
  • OPT–V 765 Vision Sciences Seminar (1 cr.) Students in the Ph.D. program in Vision Science are required to take this seminar and make a presentation annually.
  • OPT–V 767 Electrophysiology of Vision (3 cr.) Review of techniques of recording neural events, development of a neural hypothesis, experimental testing of hypothesis, writing and presenting of data and conclusions.
  • OPT–V 768 Special Topics in Vision Science (1–4 cr.) Covers topics that are not offered on a regular basis. Possible topics include cell and molecular biology as it relates to the eye and vision, comparative studies of the vertebrate eye, current research, experimental design, optical and ophthalmic instruments, pathology, and pharmacology. This course may be taken for credit more than once when different topics are covered.
  • OPT–V 773 Classics in Physiological Optics (1 cr.) Study of selected scientific articles of early contributors to our understanding of ocular motility, monocular and binocular functions, the optics of the eye, and ocular physiology.
  • OPT–V 783 Monocular Sensory Aspects of Vision (4 cr.) P: V 664 or equivalent. Analysis of visual stimulus and its perception in color, form, brightness, motion, etc.
  • OPT–V 784 Binocular Sensory Aspects of Vision (4 cr.) P: V666 or equivalent. A study of perceptual phenomena and responses facilitated by binocular vision.
  • OPT–V 785 The Vertebrate Eye (3 cr.) Comparative anatomy of the vertebrate retina. Primate retina used as a model. Accommodative mechanisms discussed. Laboratory exercises required.
  • OPT–V 791 Quantitative Methods for Vision Research (3 cr.) Introduction to communication theory approach to problems in vision. Topics include the sensory nerve code, representation of nerve messages by orthogonal functions, sampling theorem, linear filters, Fourier analysis in one and two dimensions, analysis of directional data, stochastic processes, and signal detection theory.
  • OPT–V 792 Ethical Issues in Scientific Research (1 cr.) This required course explores the ethical issues and dilemmas raised by research in the biological sciences.
  • OPT–V 793 Critical Evaluation of Peer Reviewed Publications in Vision Science (1 cr.) This course provides experience to students to critically evaluate literature in the area of vision research. Students will meet for two hours each week for an eight week period. Evaluation will be based on attendance, reading assignments and class participation.
  • OPT–V 795 Third-Year Research (1–5 cr.)
  • OPT–V 799 M.S. Thesis Research (1–10 cr.)
  • OPT–V 801 Basic Experimental Design and Methods in Vision Science (3 cr.) An introduction to basic research skills in vision science.
  • OPT–V 899 Ph.D. Dissertation Research (1–12 cr.)
  • OPT–V 754 The Motility of the Eye (4 cr.) P: V 665 or equivalent. Quantitative and qualitative study of eye movements and myologic reflexes, monocular and binocular, and related phenomena.

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Cross Listed Courses

Graduate students in Vision Science can fulfill some of their didactic credits with relevant courses in other departments, as long as they first receive permission from their faculty advisor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. A wide range of classes are available, in areas such as: