The Integrated Sciences Academy was created in 2017 as the innovative home to multidisciplinary academic and research programs in the College of Science at RIT. Here, students may take part in science exploration; a first-year program that allows students to gain hands-on experience across the range of scientific disciplines in order to best select a major. The Academy is also home to the color science program which explores all aspects of color from lighting, through material properties, to human perception.
Year of laboratory-based science exploration before choosing a major
And only color science Ph.D. program in North America
Years of history with one of RIT’s oldest academic research laboratories, the Munsell Color Science Laboratory
The minor in applied cognitive neuroscience explores the biological underpinnings of cognition, delving into the science of the brain to understand the mental processes behind cognition and perception. The art of science/science of art minor shows how art and design can be applied in good scientific practice and how the sciences impact the materials, processes and perceptual enjoyment of the visual arts.
The science exploration program allows first-year students time to explore the range of experiences that the College of Science has to offer prior to selecting a science major for the remainder of their program. Other undergraduate programs and minors are in planning and proposal stages.
The Master of Science and Ph.D. color science programs explore all aspects of color, from lighting, through material properties, to human perception. The program is closely associated with the Munsell Color Science Laboratory, which is considered one of the world’s top research facilities in the science of color.
Color has been an intense topic of interest for thousands of years. Mathematicians, philosophers, physicists, physiologists, poets, and other disciplines have all contributed to our understanding of color. RIT’s color science Ph.D. program allows you to contribute to knowledge creation and practical application of color science. You will conduct extensive research that encompasses diverse fields and multiple disciplines of science. The program is designed for students whose undergraduate degrees are in physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, engineering, neuroscience, experimental psychology, imaging, or any applied discipline pertaining to the quantitative description of color.
The multidisciplinary minor in applied cognitive neuroscience explores the biological underpinnings of cognition, delving into the science of the brain to understand the mental processes behind cognition and perception, particularly visual perception.
This multidisciplinary minor explores the impact of art on science and science on art along with the synergistic overlaps between the two. Specifically, students learn how art and design can be applied in good scientific practice and how the sciences impact the materials, processes, and ultimate perceptual enjoyment of the visual arts.
The Program of Color Science and Munsell Color Science Laboratory unite to form one of the world's foremost color science research and educational organizations. Our mission is to provide world-class education, research, and outreach in all areas of color science. These include: physical spectral and colorimetric measurements of materials and light sources; understanding the capture, processing, and display of color and spectral power distributions; and quantifying the human sensation of color matches and the higher-level perceptions of color appearance and chromatic adaptation.