College of Science
Formula for success. Start with a challenging curriculum, add a laboratory-intensive environment and a talented, dedicated, accessible faculty, and you will multiply your career and graduate study opportunities exponentially. That’s the College of Science’s proven equation for a superior undergraduate education.
In addition to the traditional sciences and mathematics, our College of Science offers innovative majors in biotechnology, bioinformatics, imaging science, and several other fields. You’ll need to apply theory to the solution of practical, sometimes larger-than-life problems when you graduate, so all majors are career-oriented and laboratory-intensive.
Because RIT has always been committed to undergraduate education and research, we don’t reserve the best and newest equipment for graduate students and professors. As an undergraduate, you’ll have access to it all.
Undergraduate research is important, too. Each year, the dean’s office sponsors regular undergraduate research seminars. As an example, one session featured student Sean Aronow on the topic, “Targeted Molecular Imaging Agents for Imaging Cancer Cells” and another featured student Kaitlin Schmidt on “Proposed Method for Age-Dating Young Stars.”
Some of your classes will be in the Center for Excellence in Mathematics, Science, and Technology, a premier national science education and research facility. The center features media-supported classrooms and laboratories filled with the most up-to-date equipment and technology available.
You might also work in one of the research facilities supported by the College of Science, including the NanoPower Research Lab, the Center for Detectors, the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation, the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory, or the Confocal Microscopy Laboratory.
If you are interested in working in the life sciences, mathematics, or physical sciences but are not sure which field is right for you, the college offers a science exploration program. During this one-year option, you will take courses in a variety of science and math areas and work closely with experienced faculty advisers. Students may then declare a major in either the College of Science or in another college of RIT.
Like many of our students, you may be interested in premedical studies. Once accepted into a degree program, you can begin working with a team of premedical advisers to select the courses and activities that prepare you for medical, dental, veterinary, or optometry school.
Each year, a limited number of summer research awards are available to qualified College of Science undergraduate students. Interested students submit a research proposal along with a faculty letter of support. Monetary grants are awarded to winning proposals and students spend 10 weeks in the summer at RIT and present their findings during the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium.
College of Science students interested in pursuing careers in education can take advantage of an articulation agreement between RIT and Nazareth College. Under the agreement, qualified students may pursue up to nine credits of graduate education at Nazareth in their final undergraduate year at RIT.
As a College of Science student, you don’t have to wait until graduation to gain professional experience. You may choose to pursue cooperative education, which adds several months of paid work experience to the traditional four-year sequence. A popular option, co-op work may begin in the second or third year, depending on your major.
Center for Imaging Science
How do satellites beam images back to Earth? Could light replace electricity as an energy source? How can we enhance images of the brain taken by CAT scans?
Students in RIT’s Carlson Center for Imaging Science, a unique teaching and research facility, explore and answer questions like these. You’ll learn about imaging systems ranging from human vision to virtual reality. You’ll discover how imaging technology probes the depths of the ocean, the surface of the Earth, and the vastness of outer space.
As an imaging science student, you’ll also study physics, computing, and mathematics, and apply your knowledge to image capture, manipulation, storage, and transmission. You’ll have significant opportunities to work with faculty on research projects, and your lab experiments will be conducted with state-of-the-art equipment.
Imaging science is a dynamic field that provides outstanding career opportunities, and if you decide to continue your studies, RIT offers a master’s degree and the nation’s only doctoral program in imaging science.