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BS in Photonic Science and Engineering: Program Requirements

The following Academic Program information is gathered from the UCF catalog, the Undergraduate Policies and Procedures Manual and the program procedures in EECS. This web site should not be considered a legal document, is not necessarily exhaustive and is subject to change without notice. Please refer to the UCF Catalog for the most up-to-date information.

Students who wish to major in Photonic Science and Engineering can declare their major as “pending” in at any time. All UCF students must complete a 36 semester hour General Education Program (GEP). This requirement is automatically satisfied if the student received a B.S. degree from an accredited institution, or an A.A. degree from a Florida community or state college. Please consult the UCF Catalog for specific details. PSE students must complete 128 semester hours total (of which 36 hours are GEP requirements) and must satisfy all University and Photonic Science and Engineering program requirements to earn a B.S. in Photonic Science and Engineering.

Students who wish to declare their major in Photonic Science and Engineering (and thereby changing from pending to the major), must be in good academic standing and must have a “C” (2.0) or better in each of the following courses or their equivalents: MAC 2311C, MAC 2312, PHY 2048C, CHS1440 or CHM 2045C.

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"Pending Major" vs. "In the Major"

New or transfer students to UCF will initially select Photonic Science & Engineering PENDING in Once Chemistry (CHS1440 or CHM2045C), Physics 2048, MAC 2311 and MAC 2312 have been completed with a C or better, you can apply for a change of major from "pending" to "in the major" for Photonic Science & Engineering. The academic advisor will check your degree audit to ensure you have met the degree requirements for being in the major and then approve the major change. This will allow you to access additional courses.

If you are in process of completing one of the these courses (because you are currently enrolled in these classes), you will be allowed to access a second tier of courses by applying for a change of major. While the major change will not be granted until after you have completed the courses above, you will be put into a "holding group" that will allow you to enroll in EEL 3004. The application for change of major must be made before the Withdrawal Deadline for the semester in which you are enrolled in one of the courses above.

Foreign Language & Multicultural Requirements

In order to be admitted to the University, the State of Florida requires two years of high school foreign language (or equivalent). This is called “Foreign Language Admission Requirement”. In some cases, students who did not have two years of foreign language in high school are provisionally admitted but they must satisfy the requirement before graduation.

Foreign Language Graduation Requirement

All undergraduates must demonstrate proficiency in a testable foreign language (see UCF catalog for the definition of "testable") equivalent to successful completion of one year at the college level. Alternatively, students may satisfy this requirement by the successful completion of the equivalent course work. In the case of non-testable languages, the requirement may be satisfied by documentation through the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Academic Advising:

It is highly recommended that a prospective student meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for courses. College of Engineering and Computer Science Academic Advisors are located in ENG1-107 and the PSE program is located in CREOL 108B. Please schedule appointments prior to ensure sufficient time to discuss the program. Prior to enrolling in OSE 3200, students are required to meet with the BSPSE Academic Advisor.

Progress Policy:

Students in the Photonic Science and Engineering major are expected to make consistent good progress toward their degrees to remain enrolled in, or eligible for, any major in the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) or the College of Optics and Photonics (COP). Therefore, any student majoring in Photonic Science and Engineering who repeats any UCF course and does not earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better on the second attempt will be placed on Lack of Progress Probation and remain on Lack of Progress Probation as long as the student is enrolled in a CECS or COP major. If a student on Lack of Progress Probation does not receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or better by the third attempt in the same UCF course, the student will be excluded from all CECS and COP majors. Any student majoring in Photonic Science and Engineering who has accumulated 7 or more unsuccessful attempts (i.e., grades below "C" (2.0) and withdrawals) over all courses taken at UCF will be placed on Lack of Progress Probation and remain on Lack of Progress Probation as long as the student is enrolled in a CECS or COP major. If a student on Lack of Progress Probation has a tenth unsuccessful attempt over all courses taken at UCF, the student will be excluded from all CECS and COP majors.

A student who is excluded from CECS and COP majors may seek readmission to a major in CECS or COP after at least one full year has passed since exclusion. Readmission is not automatic and is dependent upon a high probability of success after readmission. Any student who is readmitted to the Photonic Science and Engineering major will be subject to all probation conditions that applied at the time of exclusion.


While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. You are welcome to contact Mike McKee with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.
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