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Photographic Sciences BS

Gain experience in a wide range of technical imaging and photography applications by combining your imaging studies with information technology, computer science, optics, and biology for careers with imaging and camera companies, research centers, forensic laboratories, and government agencies.

Program skills

During the first two years, students are immersed in technical applications of scientific photography courses while also pursuing courses in laboratory sciences, such as physics or biology, chosen to complement their career goals. General education requirements encourage students to integrate complementary studies in subjects such as imaging science, information technology, or developmental biology to best prepare for exciting and evolving opportunities. It is common for graduates to pursue advanced degrees including optics, imaging science, and medicine

Program facilities equipment

The school’s facilities are an unparalleled resource for the creation and presentation of photography and moving media. They support all of digital, analog (historical and contemporary), and moving media (video and multimedia) creative practices. The facilities include five computer labs, all with access to scanners, desktop and large-format printers; a computer lab dedicated to video and multimedia; fifteen darkrooms dedicated to silver halide and historical processes; thirty fully equipped studios; and, dedicated labs for color measurement and imaging systems. The school’s Cage contains a wide-range of DSLRs, video cameras, medium and large format cameras as well as a large inventory of lenses, accessories, etc.

Select program hiring partners

Columbia Doctors, Eagle View, Edmunds Optics, Factory LLC, Light, Unity Hospital, Visual Dx, Wills Eye Hospital



  • Health Care

  • Higher Education

  • Research

  • Museum

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Biotech and Life Sciences

  • Automotive

  • Internet and Software


Outcome Rates*

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 91.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 9.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 91.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 9.00%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Students in the photographic sciences program are required to complete one co-op experience. These experiences are generally completed between the second and third academic years. The Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education assists students in identifying and applying to co-op placements. Some recent co-op placements, as well as permanent job placements, include Harvard University, the Mayo Clinic, Smithsonian, Georgetown University, Case Western Reserve University, NASA, Imatest, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, FBI, Nikon Scientific Instruments, Apple Inc., and NVIDIA.