The Integrated Sciences Academy was created in 2017 as the innovative home to multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary 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 interdisciplinary minors, the Center for Applied Neuroscience, and 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
More than 200 international students began their studies at RIT remotely in fall 2020, including 65 undergraduate students and 159 master’s students. RIT Admissions officials said the students have done remarkably well given the challenging circumstances, and 83 percent of those students are now studying at RIT’s campus in Henrietta.
Professor Mark Fairchild, head of the Integrated Sciences Academy and director of the Munsell Color Science Laboratory and the program of color science in RIT’s College of Science, received the 2021 Otto Schade Prize, which recognizes vision scientists, human factor engineers, and engineers whose efforts have led to major improvements in the visual quality of electronic displays.
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.
Explore 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.
The Center for Applied Neuroscience is a new multidisciplinary research collaboration where knowledge at the intersection of cognitive science, artificial intelligence, neurobiology, and computational modeling is generated and applied to develop novel solutions and create technological advances.