This unique degree program allows you to explore the world of imaging through a laboratory-intensive program that combines physics, mathematics, and computer science en route to a degree with a wide variety of career options. You'll have the opportunity to study the design and use of imaging systems in fields such as remote sensing, astronomy, environmental science, and the medical sciences. In the process, you'll gain an understanding of how images are formed, detected, processed, and used to answer fundamental scientific questions. 

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Rochester Institute of Technology College of Science

The imaging science undergraduate major begins with a yearlong project-based class in a free-form learning environment and culminates with an independent research project under the guidance of center faculty.

The imaging science curriculum includes the study of:

  • The physical observables associated with the subject of an image, such as reflected or emitted electromagnetic radiation
  • How those observables are captured by devices using optics and detectors such as satellites, digital cameras, and astronomical observatories
  • How the captured observables are processed using computers and specialized software
  • How processed signals are converted into images displayed on paper or electronic devices and perceived by humans
  • How image quality is assessed and scientific information is extracted

Undergraduate research experiences are available with professors throughout the Center for Imaging Science and are highly encouraged. These opportunities enable students to practice real world lab application of the information they are currently studying. Cooperative education is also highly recommended to gain experiences outside of RIT though not required for graduation. Advisors and the Office of Cooperative Education and Career Services coordinator Lisa Vasaturo are always available to assist in finding and scheduling CO-OP's if desired.

Concepts presented in the classroom are reinforced through laboratory experiments and a capstone research experience, which can examine a problem in any of several imaging applications such as remote sensing, astronomy, biomedical imaging, manuscript imaging and enhancement, optics, color science, image quality, or visual perception. Both theoretical studies and practical application of technologies are integral parts of the curriculum.

Faculty, staff, and students conduct research sponsored by both industry and the government. The research support ensures that students are exposed to the latest developments in a rapidly expanding field. Graduates are in demand by both industry and governmental agencies to work on the design, development, testing, or production of specialized imaging systems or technologies, or to use imaging systems to perform scientific research. Faculty members are deeply committed professionals who divide their time between teaching and the pursuit of scientific advances.

BS-only: $70,000-$75,000 (range)

Imaging science graduates often receive multiple job offers with high starting salaries. You'll join alumni with careers in optics, robotics, medical imaging, satellite imaging systems, microelectronics, digital imaging processing, and others.

Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Aptiva Imaging, Boeing, CACI, General Electric, Google, Harris Corp., Heidelberg, Hewlett-Packard, Hover Inc., Integrity Applications Inc., ITT Excelis, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lexmark, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, MITRE, Motorola Mobility LLC, NASA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, NVIDIA, Pictometry, LLC, Ricoh Print Production, Sandia National Labs, Science Applications International Corp., Sherwin Williams, Technicolor, The Aerospace Corporation, The SI Organization, Valspar, and Xerox.