Rochester Institute of Technology

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Photographic Sciences BS

Program Overview

RIT offers the only program in the nation granting a Bachelor of Science degree in Photographic Sciences leading to opportunities specializing in Biomedical Photographic Communications or Imaging and Photographic Technology.  The program is designed to prepare students for photographic and imaging careers where visual information is produced for purposes diagnostic or photographic documentary purposes or they will develop imaging systems used to abstract data about a subject or procedure used in a wide range of industries including the life sciences, medical facilities, scientific research centers, automotive and imaging equipment companies such as  Apple, Valeo, Samsung Mobile, Albert Einstein Medical Center, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Nikon, Canon, NVIDIA, Harvard, and governmental agencies such as NASA.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science Degree


  • Approximately 60 students are enrolled in the undergraduate program.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $14.00                     $9.00 - $22.00
BS:           $60,000                   $40,000 - $85,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

Students are skilled in the use of a variety of traditional DSLR camera and specialty imaging equipment used in the laboratory and location as well as in a traditional studio photographic environments. Experiences are also gained in scientific photography, including photomacrography and light photomicrography, 3D/stereo photography, photography with UV/IR, ophthalmic photography and imaging, programming, and forensic photography to name a few. There is an emphasis on solving photographic problems to reveal subject characteristics using a variety of tools, including extensive use of high speed and portable or studio electronic flash. Creation of visuals is used to support education and research using numerous software applications such as Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and InDesign. Video courses use Premiere video editing software. Numerous classes develop knowledge in color management, workflow, and optimizing files for output using color calibration. Experience using both motion and still digital cameras, using digital image processing and post-production tools with an emphasis on data and illustration of information is emphasized. Desktop publishing, information design, and document layout for both print and electronic delivery are explored using an instructional design prospective.


The Biocommunications Association has assisted in the preparation of criteria and program development.
Recognized by the Ophthalmic Photographers Society as partially meeting criteria for preparing for the Certified Retinal Angiographer (CRA) exam.

Equipment & Facilities

Hands-on learning labs include digital imaging in photomicrography, and ophthalmic imaging as well as scanning electron microscopy, high-speed imaging, as well as the digital imaging systems lab. Workstations provide hands-on experience with using both PC and Mac platforms utilizing current imaging software (Adobe Creative Suite, Matlab and many others) to create a variety of projects in both still and moving media.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Retina Associates, Leica Store, Carl Zeiss Microscopy Inc., Nikon Inc., Canon, Northwell Health, NASA Johnson Space Center, Columbia Ophthamology, Imaging Quality Labs Inc., Canfield Scientific, National Solar Observatory, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Smithsonian Institution National Museum, PAR Government Systems Coordinator, Paleontological Research Institution, Edmund optics, GoPro, Valeo, Apple, Pictometry International Corporation, and more.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in hiring RIT co-op, graduating students or alumni. We will make every effort to make your recruiting endeavor a success. Call our office and ask to speak with Morgan Faas, the career services coordinator who works with the Photographic Sciences program. For your convenience, you can access information and services through our web site at

Morgan Faas, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 585.475.5469

Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603

Monday, 03 July 2017 Posted in College of Imaging Arts and Sciences