Photonics is the science and technology of generating, controlling, and detecting photonics, which are particles of light.
Photonics is an enabling technology that is used across a wide array of industries. From medicine to the military, and from consumer electronics to communications, photonics makes many other technologies we use possible.
For an excellent website of recent developments in photonics, check out www.opli.net . This website has news articles from across the many industries that are impacted by photonics technologies.
You should be preparing by taking as much math as possible, preferably taking up to Calculus I. Physics is also an important class to take to gain some knowledge, but we prefer to you take and excel in mathematics.
One year of chemistry is required before you can take CHS 1440, a course required for all engineering majors at UCF. If you have not completed chemistry in high school, you will need to take CHM 1032.
First, apply to UCF.
After you are accepted and enter UCF, you can declare the major. There are no additional admission requirements to select Photonic Science and Engineering. You will initially be in pending status and your major will be Photonic Science and Engineering - Pending.
After you have completed MAC 2311 Calculus I, MAC 2312 Calculus II, PHY 2048C Physics I, and CHM 2045C or CHS 1440, all of which with a C or better, you can go into http://my.ucf.edu and change your major from pending to the PSE major. It is reviewed and approved, usually within 24 hours.
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With all engineering degrees, we recommend that you study at least 1 hour for every three hours in the classroom. If you are enrolled full time, with 12 credit hours, you will study at least 36 hours outside of class, for a total educational time commitment of 48 hours per week.
UCF has a tutoring center - http://sarc.sdes.ucf.edu/tutoring - it is best to take advantage of tutoring early in the semester and not wait until you are in trouble in the course.
For many students, this is unavoidable, but consider the following scenario:
A student has to work 30 hours a week to pay for college, but also wants to take 15 credit hours. To be successful, the needs to study 45 hours per week in addition to 15 hours spent in class. With the additional work hours, the student has 90 hours per week committed.
This is likely an unsustainable schedule. Since there are only 168 hours per week, and the student will need to sleep, eat and travel to classes, it is nearly impossible to be successful and work at this level. It is would be best to either decrease the number of work hours to reduce the number of courses taken.
So the best solution is to balance work and your studies so that you can eat, sleep, and take care of yourself without burning out.
YES! At the beginning of each semester, create a weekly calendar of your classes, exams, work, and plot out study blocks. Remember that each week, you should study 9-12 hours for each class you take (1 credit hour = 3 hours of study time). You should spread this study time out over several days rather than cram in all studying for one class in a single day.
For more advice on creating a personalized study plan, see this site: http://www.howtostudy.com/create-a-study-plan/
It really does not matter but there are a couple of conditions for entrance into the courses.
CHM 2045C is a course that is designed for chemistry and biology majors. We recommend you take CHS 1440, but this class fills up fast so register early.
This depends. It is best to look at the current catalog to determine how credit can be given for AP or IB tests. In the catalog, check the section called "Accelerated Educational Opportunities" and check the prerequisites required for the course at the end of the catalog.
For example, in the 2016-2017 catalog, with a score of 3 or more on the AP Calculus AB test credit is awarded for MAC 2311 Calculus I. When examining the course description for MAC 2312, only a score of 5 on the AP test is acceptable enrollment directly into Calculus II. Therefore, the student will need to enroll in MAC 2311.
No. There is different content in EGN3211. The College of Engineering allows ENG3211 to be used for COP 3223, but it does not count the other way.
Yes. While do not formally coordinate these activities, we very much encourage students to work with the Office of Experiential Learning for internships. If a student wants to do undergraduate research, they will need to contact one of our faculty directly and ask if there is an opportunity.
Here is a great website with up-to-date news articles about many advancements in the field of optics and photonics: