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Salary and Career Info

Imaging Science BS

RIT’s imaging science degree combines physics, math, computer science, and engineering to develop cutting-edge imaging systems for satellites, drones, AR/VR, and more.

Program skills

Students receive a solid background in calculus, statistics, linear mathematics, programming, physics, and optics as well as an understanding of imaging systems and the comprehensive interactions of system components. Advanced courses in optics, radiometry, color science, imaging systems analysis, digital image processing, detectors, and computer vision are provided to students. Students are exposed to the state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and research experiences and opportunities. Students are adept at technical writing, oral presentation, and production of technical videos. A senior research project in which the student works individually with a faculty member is required.

Program facilities equipment

The Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science was established at RIT to meet the growing need in government and industry for scientists with a broad understanding of imaging and imaging systems. The center is housed in a facility of approximately 75,000 square feet and includes several fully equipped laboratories, including labs in visual perception, digital imaging and remote sensing, and optics. In addition, RIT is home to several other world-class laboratories in related fields that are available to imaging science students for use in independent research or capstone projects.

Program job titles

Image Scientist; Image Analyst; Physicist and Imaging Scientist; Sensor Engineer; Optical Engineering Technician

Select program hiring partners

Adobe; Amazon; Apple; Boeing; General Electric; Google; L3 Harris; Hewlett-Packard; Lockheed Martin; Microsoft; MITRE; Motorola Mobility LLC; NASA; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Naval Undersea Warfare Center; Sherwin Williams; The Aerospace Corporation; Valspar; Xerox;  Raytheon Technologies; L3Harris Technologies; EagleView


Outcome Rates for Imaging Science BS

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 75.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 75.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. Science co-ops include a range of hands-on experiences, from co-ops and internships and work in labs to undergraduate research and clinical experience in health care settings. These opportunities provide the hands-on experience that enables you to apply your scientific, math, and health care knowledge in professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

In the imaging science degree, co-op is optional but strongly encouraged. Imaging science students gain career experience in a range of industries, including aviation, aerospace, environmental services, medical imaging, national research labs, and more. A sampling of companies that seek out RIT’s imaging science students for co-ops and full-time employment include Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Boeing, Google, L3 Harris, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, NASA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Sandia National Labs, and more.

National Labs Career Events and Recruiting

The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education offers National Labs and federally-funded Research Centers from all research areas and sponsoring agencies a variety of options to connect with and recruit students. Students connect with employer partners to gather information on their laboratories and explore co-op, internship, research, and full-time opportunities.  These national labs focus on scientific discovery, clean energy development, national security, technology advancements, and more. Recruiting events include our university-wide Fall Career Fair, on-campus and virtual interviews, information sessions, 1:1 networking with lab representatives, and a National Labs Resume Book available to all labs.