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Photographic and Imaging Technologies (formerly Biomedical Photographic Communications) BS

Semester Requirements

Christye Sisson, Program Chair
(585) 475-4228, cpspph@rit.edu

http://photography.rit.edu/

Program overview

The photographic and imaging technologies major combines photography, visual communications, and science. The program prepares students for careers in various institutions such as forensic labs, pharmaceutical companies, and military bases, or in ophthalmic photography, the only form of diagnostic photography. Because of the unique blend of courses, recent graduates have been very successful in finding positions not only in biomedical imaging but also in the electronic imaging field as technical service representatives, multimedia producers, and Web publishers.

Options

The program offers two options for students to choose from: biomedical photographic communications or imaging and photographic technology.

The biomedical photographic communications option prepares you for a photographic career in forensics, research, hospitals, and other biological settings such as ophthalmic (eye) clinics and veterinary centers as well as in other life science situations. Your foundation courses provide practical experience with traditional and digital photographic equipment and processes—as well as video. Medical and biological subject matter is included. In upper-level courses, you’ll explore the use of computers in electronic imaging, desktop publishing, graphics, and multimedia. You’ll spend at least three months in cooperative education, gaining paid, professional work experience in a medical or research setting within the United States. The option also provides the educational background for the registered biomedical photographer (RBP) certification after you enter the profession. Your course work also can be tailored to assist you in preparing for the certified retinal angiographer (CRA) exam.

The imaging and photographic technology option prepares you for careers in a technical, industrial, or scientific environment. The curriculum combines a foundation in traditional photographic materials and processes with specialized studies in areas as diverse as photo instrumentation, optics, color measurement, high-speed/time-lapse photography, and video production. Computing, programming, electronic imaging, and multimedia are emphasized starting in your first year. Technical courses provide you with hands-on exposure to state-of-the-art tools and techniques. You also may choose a variety of technical and photographic electives such as holography, scanning electron microscopy, architectural photography, nature photography, and more. Six months of cooperative education are required.

Curriculum

Photographic and imaging technologies (biomedical photographic communications option), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHPS-101 Photography I 4
PHPS-106 Photographic Technology I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 7A, 7B 12
PHPS-102 Photography II 4
PHPS-107 Photographic Technology II 3
  LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHPS -201 Scientific Photography I 3
PHPS -206 Careers and Professional Practices 3
PHPS -211 Advanced Principles of Photographic Technology 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6 14
PHPS-202 Scientific Photography II 3
PHPS-207 Vision, Perception and Imaging 3
PHPS-212 Fundamentals of Layout and Design 3
PHPS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
PHBM-316 Digital Media I 3
PHBM-317 Digital Media II 3
Choose one of the following specialization sequences: 6

   PHBM-311, 312

   Magnified Imaging Systems I, II

 

   PHBM-321, 322

   Ophthalmic Photography I, II

 

   PHBM-326, 327

   Publications and BPC Bulletin I, II

 
  LAS Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Business Elective‡ 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 3 (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 12
  Free Electives 6
  Photo Electives§ 6
PHPS-402 Photographic and Imaging Technologies Capstone (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.

‡ Business elective can be any course in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

§ Photo electives might include Surgical Photography (PHPS-307), Historic Processes (PHPS-306), Scanning Electron Microscopy (PHPS-316), Forensic Photography (PHPS-302), Panoramic Photography (PHPS-311), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Nature and Natural Science Photography (PHPS-303), Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-321), Advanced Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-322) amongst others.

Photographic and imaging technology (imaging and photographic technologies option), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHPS-101 Photography I 4
PHPS-106 Photographic Technology I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 1, 2, 7A, 7B 12
PHPS-102 Photography II 4
PHPS-107 Photographic Technology II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHPS -201 Scientific Photography I 3
PHPS -206 Careers and Professional Practices 3
PHPS -211 Advanced Principles of Photographic Technology 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6 14
PHPS-202 Scientific Photography II 3
PHPS-207 Vision, Perception and Imaging 3
PHPS-212 Fundamentals of Layout and Design 3
PHPS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
IMPT-321 Programming for Imaging and Photo Technology 3
IMPT-322 Digital Image Processing 3
Choose one of the following specialization sequences: 6

   IMPT-302, 306

  Color Management Technology, e-Sensitometry

 

   IMPT-321, 322

  Programming for Imaging and Photo Technology, Digital Image Processing

 

   IMPT-307, 312,

  Non-conventional Imaging, High Speed Imaging

 
  LAS Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Business Elective† 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 3 (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 12
  Free Electives 6
  Photo Electives‡ 6
PHPS-402 Photographic and Imaging Technologies Capstone (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Business elective can be any course in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

‡ Surgical Photography (PHPS-307), Historic Processes (PHPS-306), Scanning Electron Microscopy (PHPS-316), Forensic Photography (PHPS-302), Panoramic Photography (PHPS-311), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Nature and Natural Science Photography (PHPS-303), Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-321), Advanced Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-322).

Cooperative education

One cooperative education placement is required before graduation. Co-ops are full- or part-time positions and offer an opportunity for students to gain experience in their field. They are generally completed between the second and third academic years. The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services will assist students in identifying and applying to co-op placements and opportunities. Some recent placed have included Harvard University, the Mayo Clinic, Smithsonian, Georgetown University, Case Western Reserve University, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, and Nikon Scientific Instruments.

Additional information

Career opportunities

An employment survey conducted by the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences indicates the need for graduates with these skills will exist well into the future. Recent graduates are employed as ophthalmic photographers, forensic photographers, surgical photographers,  photomicrographers, medical photographers, latent finger print examiners, core imaging facility managers, technical support engineers, imaging specialists, ortho correction specialists, public relations photographers, research associates, dermatology photographers, research photographers, and entrepreneurs.

Biomedical Technical Photography Student Association

The Biomedical Technical Photography Student Association promotes professional and social interaction among students and professionals from the imaging and photographic technology industry. The association regularly invites alumni in professional imaging fields to present lectures and demonstrations.

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Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

Program overview

RIT has the only program in the nation that grants a bachelor of science degree in biomedical photographic communications, which combines photography, visual communications, and science. The program prepares students for photographic and imaging careers in various institutions such as forensic labs, pharmaceutical companies, and military bases, or in ophthalmic photography, the only form of diagnostic photography. Because of the unique blend of courses, recent graduates have been very successful in finding positions not only in biomedical imaging but also in the electronic imaging field as technical service representatives, multimedia producers, and Web publishers.

During the first two years of the program, students receive a solid foundation in digital photography and desktop and Web publishing. Included in these classes are topics such as close-up and high-magnification photography, studio lighting, ethics, ophthalmic photography, and imaging technologies. Students also take biology, liberal arts, and general education courses. In the third and fourth years the curriculum becomes more flexible, allowing students to choose elective courses and build a photographic concentration from a wide variety of courses taught in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, the College of Science, and the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences. This flexibility, coupled with the personal attention of faculty advisers, allows students to focus on their career and educational goals. It is not uncommon for students to continue their studies in graduate school programs in imaging, medicine, or information technology.

Careers

Since 1968, various visual communication companies have actively recruited most of the program’s nearly 600 alumni. Many of our graduates have become directors and leaders in their respective institutions and companies. Today, the biomedical photographic communications program boasts a placement rate of well over 85 percent.

Curriculum

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Biomedical photographic communications, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
2061-xxx, xxx, xxx Biomedical Photo I, II, III 15
2076-211, 212, 213 Materials and Processes of Photography 9
2061-213 Survey of Biomedical Photography 1
  General Education 4
  Math or Science‡ 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
1720-050, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
  Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Second Year
2061-301, 302, 303 Applications of Scientific Photography I II, III 12
2061-311, 313 Preparation of Biomedical Visuals I, III 6
  General Education 8
  Open Elective 4
  Math or Science‡ 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
  Wellness Education† 0
  Cooperative Education (optional) Co-op
Third Year
2061-316 Digital Media in Biomedical Photography I 4
2061-361 Web Design Using Photography 4
2061-403 Advanced Photography in Biomedical Communication 4
  Open Electives 12
  Math or Science‡ 8
  General Education 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
2061-501, 502, 503 Photographic Concentration 12
2061-401 AV Production I 4
2061-402 Advanced Photography in Biomedical Communication 4
  General Education 18
  Open Electives 4-6
Total Quarter Credit Hours 191

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ The math or science requirement includes: Human Biology I, II, or III (1004-211, 212, or 213) (8 credits); Medical Terminology (1026-301) (3 credits); or Human Biology I, II, III (1004-211, 212, or 213) (8 credits).

Program modification
Effective fall 2013, the BS program in biomedical photographic communications will become an option in the photographic and imaging technologies program. This change will not affect currently matriculated students.

Photographic and imaging technologies (biomedical photographic communications option), BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
PHPS-101 Photography I 4
PHPS-106 Photographic Technology I 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
  LAS Perspective 7A, 7B 6
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
PHPS-102 Photography II 4
PHPS-107 Photographic Technology II 3
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
PHPS -201 Scientific Photography I 3
PHPS -206 Careers and Professional Practices 3
PHPS -211 Advanced Principles of Photographic Technology 3
  LAS Perspective 3, 4, 5, 6 12
PHPS-202 Scientific Photography II 3
PHPS-207 Vision, Perception and Imaging 3
PHPS-212 Fundamentals of Layout and Design 3
PHPS-499 Cooperative Education (summer) Co-op
Third Year
PHBM-316 Digital Media I 3
PHBM-317 Digital Media II 3
Choose one of the following specialization sequences: 6
   PHBM-311, 312    Magnified Imaging Systems, I, II  
   PHBM-321, 322    Ophthalmic Photography I, II  
   PHBM-326, 327    Publications and BPC Bulletin I, II  
  LAS Electives 9
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Business Elective† 3
Fourth Year
  LAS Immersion 3 (WI) 3
  LAS Electives 12
  Free Electives 6
  Photo Electives‡ 6
PHPS-402 Photographic and Imaging Technologies Capstone (WI) 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 124

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

† Business elective can be any course in the E. Philip Saunders College of Business.

‡ Photo electives includeSurgical Photography (PHPS-307), Historic Processes (PHPS-306), Scanning Electron Microscopy (PHPS-316), Forensic Photography (PHPS-302), Panoramic Photography (PHPS-311), Web Publishing (PHPS-315), Nature and Natural Science Photography (PHPS-303), Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-321), Advanced Underwater Digital Photography (PHPS-322).

Cooperative education

At least one cooperative education experience or internship is required for graduation. Co-ops are an opportunity for students to gain experience in their field and are generally completed between their second and third academic years. Co-ops are full- or part-time paid positions usually eight to 10 weeks in length. The Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services can assist students in identifying co-op placements and opportunities.