Photonics

Stonehill is one of the few colleges in the country to offer an undergraduate photonics major. Students in the program will be well-positioned to enter graduate school in a number of areas, including physics, electrical engineering, biomedical optics and medicine.

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Students completing the photonics program at Stonehill are well-positioned to enter graduate school in a number of areas, including physics, electrical engineering, biomedical optics and medicine.

Program Overview

Photonics is the science and technology of light-based devices (lasers, optical sensors, optical communication systems, etc.) and light-based methods for measurement and sensing. The bachelor of arts major and minor in photonics are intended primarily for students interested in science and engineering at the heart of photonics.

A World of Career Opportunities

The field of photonics is rapidly expanding, with applications ranging from applied fields like telecommunication, autonomous driving vehicles, cloud computing, big data, smart mobile, IoT devices,  chem-bio sensing, manufacturing, medical diagnostics and cryptography to purely scientific advances in chemistry, biology and physics.

Strong Foundation for Graduate Programs

Students completing the photonics program at Stonehill will also be well-positioned to enter graduate school in a number of areas, including physics, electrical engineering, biomedical optics and medicine.  They also have the opportunity to take advantage of Stonehill's cooperative agreement with the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, in which Stonehill students who satisfy certain criteria receive automatic acceptance to Rochester's optics master’s degree program.

Why Stonehill?

  • Interdisciplinary approach emphasizes hands-on practice
  • State-of-the-art lab with authentic equipment used in industry – including a femtosecond laser
  • Increased marketability in other technical fields, e.g. robotics, electronics, and materials
  • An opportunity to be part of a new degree program not often found at primarily undergraduate institutions
  • Industry connections that provide students the chance to pair with potential employers

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