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Imaging Science BS

Stefi A. Baum, Director
(585) 475-6220, baum@cis.rit.edu

Maria Helguera, Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator
(585) 475-7053, helguera@cis.rit.edu

http://www.cis.rit.edu/

Program overview

Imaging science is a multidisciplinary field based on physics, mathematics, computer science, and systems engineering. Students study the theory behind the technologies used to create images, the integration of those technologies into imaging systems, and the application of those systems to solve scientific problems. The imaging science curriculum includes the study of:

  • the physical observables associated with the subject of an image, such as reflected or emitted electromagnetic radiation;
  • how those observables are captured by devices using optics and detectors such as satellites, digital cameras, and astronomical observatories;
  • how the captured observables are processed using computers and specialized software;
  • how processed signals are converted into images displayed on paper or electronic devices and perceived by humans; and
  • how image quality is assessed and scientific information is extracted.

Concepts presented in the classroom are reinforced through laboratory experiments and a capstone research experience, which can examine a problem in any of several imaging applications such as remote sensing, astronomy, biomedical imaging, manuscript imaging and enhancement, optics, color science, image quality, or visual perception. Both theoretical studies and practical application of technologies are integral parts of the curriculum.

Graduates are in demand by both industry and governmental agencies to work on the design, development, testing, or production of specialized imaging systems or technologies, or to use imaging systems to perform scientific research. Faculty members are deeply committed professionals who divide their time between teaching and the pursuit of scientific advances.

Faculty, staff, and students conduct research sponsored by both industry and the government. The research support ensures that students are exposed to the latest developments in a rapidly expanding field.

Curriculum

Cooperative education experience is not required but is recommended for the summers following the second and third years of the program. Opportunities to participate in research work with faculty are also available during academic and summer semesters.

Imaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IMGS-180 Introduction to Computing and Control 3
IMGS-181, 182 Innovative Freshman Experience I, II 6
SOFA-103 Film/Video Materials and Technology 3
MATH-181, 182 LAS Perspective 7A, 7B: Project-Based Calculus I, II 8
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
  LAS Perspective 1 3
  LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar† 3
UWRT-150 LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing (WI) 3
  YearOne 0
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
IMGS-221 Vision and Psychophysics 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 2, 3, 4 9
IMGS-351 Color Science 3
IMGS-261 Linear and Fourier Methods for Imaging 4
IMGS-211 Probability and Statistics for Imaging 3
PHYS-213 Modern Physics I 3
Third Year
IMGS-251 Radiometry 3
IMGS-321 Geometric Optics 3
IMGS-322 Physical Optics 3
IMGS-341 Interactions Between Light and Matter 3
IMGS-361, 362 Image Processing and Computer Vision I, II 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
  Free Electives 6
Fourth Year
IMGS-441 Noise and System Modeling 3
IMGS-451 Imaging Detectors 3
IMGS-475, 476 Advanced Imaging Laboratory I, II 4
IMGS-502, 503 Imaging Science Senior Project I, II (WI) 6
  Imaging Science Elective Track I, II 6
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  LAS Elective 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. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two Wellness courses.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2014-15 academic year.

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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

Imaging science is a multidisciplinary field based on physics, mathematics, computer science, systems engineering, and chemistry. Students study the theory behind the technologies used to create images, the integration of those technologies into imaging systems, and the application of those systems to solve scientific problems. The imaging science curriculum includes the study of:

  • the physical observables associated with the subject of an image, such as reflected or emitted electromagnetic radiation;
  • how those observables are captured by devices using optics and detectors such as satellites, digital cameras, and astronomical observatories;
  • how the captured observables are processed using computers and specialized software;
  • how processed signals are converted into images displayed on paper or electronic devices and perceived by humans; and
  • how image quality is assessed and scientific information is extracted.

Concepts presented in the classroom are reinforced through laboratory experiments and a capstone research experience, which can examine a problem in any of several imaging applications such as remote sensing, astronomy, medical imaging, document restoration, image microstructure, optics, color science, image quality, or visual perception. Both theoretical studies and practical application of technologies are integral parts of the program.

Graduates are in demand by both industry and governmental agencies to work on the design, development, testing, or production of specialized imaging systems or technologies, or to use imaging systems to perform scientific research. Faculty members are deeply committed professionals who divide their time between teaching and the pursuit of scientific advances.

Faculty, staff, and students conduct research sponsored by both industry and the government. The research support ensures that students are exposed to the latest developments in a rapidly expanding field.

Curriculum

Cooperative education experience is not required but is recommended for the summers following the second and third years of the program. In consultation with a faculty adviser, a two-quarter co-op block is possible. Opportunities also exist to participate in research work with faculty during academic and summer quarters.

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.

Imaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

CourseQtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Freshman Imaging Project (sequence) 6
  Science Electives‡ 8
1016-281, 282, 283 Project-Based Calculus I, II, III 12
1017-311, 312 University Physics I, II 10
  General Education Elective 4
  Liberal Arts* 8
  First-Year Enrichment 1
Second Year
1051-211 Programming for Imaging Science 4
1051-300 Introduction to Imaging Systems 4
1051-303 Geometrical Optics 4
1051-320 Linear Mathematics for Imaging 4
1051-553 Mathematical Methods for Imaging 4
1051-350 Vision and Psychophysics 4
1051-361 Digital Image Processing I 4
1051-370 Radiometry 4
1016-305 Multivariable Calculus 4
1017-313 University Physics III 4
1017-314 Modern Physics I 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
  Wellness Education† 0
Third Year
  Advanced Imaging Laboratory (sequence) 3
1051-452 Modulation Transfer Function 3
1051-453 Noise and Random Processes 3
1051-402 Color Science 4
1051-462 Digital Image Processing II 4
1051-553 Probability and Statistics for Imaging 4
1051-313 Interactions Between Light and Matter 4
1051-455 Physical Optics 4
1051-465 Detectors 4
  Statistical Tools for Imaging 2
  Research Practices 1
  Liberal Arts* 12
Fourth Year
1051-502 Senior Project I 4
1051-503 Senior Project II 4
  University-wide Electives 12
  Professional Electives 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
Total Quarter Credit Hours 185

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

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Consult with adviser for suggested science electives.

Imaging science, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
IMGS-181 Freshman Imaging Project I (WI) 3
MATH-181 LAS Perspective 7A: Project-Based Calculus I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
  LAS Foundation 1 3
IMGS-182 Freshman Imaging Project II 3
MATH-182 LAS Perspective 7B: Project-Based Calculus II 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
PHYS-211 LAS Perspective 5: University Physics I 4
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
IMGS-201 Introduction to Imaging Systems 3
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4
IMGS-221 Vision and Psychophysics 3
PHYS-212 LAS Perspective 6: University Physics II 4
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
IMGS-251 Radiometry 3
IMGS-261 Linear and Fourier Methods for Imaging 4
MATH-251 Probability and Statistics I 3
PHYS-213 Modern Physics I 3
Third Year
IMGS-321 Geometric Optics 3
IMGS-351 Color Science 3
IMGS-361 Digital Image Processing I 3
IMGS-365 IDL Programming 1
  LAS Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
IMGS-322 Physical Optics 3
IMGS-341 Interactions Between Light and Matter 3
IMGS-362 Digital Image Processing II (WI) 3
IMGS-401 Research Practices 1
Fourth Year
IMGS-441 Noise and System Modeling 3
IMGS-471 Imaging Systems Analysis I 3
IMGS-475 Advanced Imaging Laboratory I 1
IMGS-502 Imaging Science Senior Project I 3
  LAS Immersion 3 3
  Free Electives 6
IMGS-451 Imaging Detectors 3
IMGS-472 Imaging Systems Analysis II 3
IMGS-476 Advanced Imaging Laboratory II 1
IMGS-503 Imaging Science Senior Project II 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.