Student Handbook

The purpose of this document is to provide a centralized resource for information related to the undergraduate program in Imaging Science. The following sections detail the academic program, experiential learning opportunities, financial aid and scholarship information, academic advising and support services, and university policies and procedures.

Program Requirements

Typical course of study

The undergraduate program in Imaging Science leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. A typical four-year course of study is listed at the link below. Program requirements are specific to a particular year-of-entry. Students should consult with their academic advisor to understand the requirements that apply to their year-of-entry.

typical course of study

Imaging science tracks

Students in the program are required to take a two-course specialization in a sub-field of imaging science known as an Imaging Science Track. The following tracks have are pre-approved. Students may also design a custom track by filling out the custom track form linked at the bottom of this page and getting the approval of the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.

Motion picture science
CIAS-SOFA-311 Image Capture and Production Technology
CIAS-SOFA-312 Digital Post-Production Technology

COS-IMGS-528 Design and Fabrication of a Solid State Camera
COS-IMGS-539 Principles of Solid State Imaging Arrays
COS-IMGS-542 Testing of Focal Plane Arrays

Remote sensing
COS-IMGS-723 Remote Sensing: Spectral Image Analysis (with permission of the instructor)
COS-IMGS-431 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing
COS-IMGS-432 Advanced Application of Remote Sensing
COS-IMGS-540 Remote Sensing Systems and Image Analysis

Scientific photography
CIAS-IMPT-312 High Speed Imaging
CIAS-SOFA-363 Computational Photography

Medical imaging
COS-IMGS-730 Magnetic Resonance Imaging
KGCOE-BIME-489 Theory and Applications: Biomedical Imaging

Custom track form

Senior project

Students in the program are required to complete a senior project, which is an independent research project in the field of imaging science conducted with the mentorship of a CIS, or CIS-related faculty member. Frequently asked questions about senior project, the senior project approval form, and an archive of projects completed by former students are available at the links below.

Senior Project FAQ

Senior Project approval form

Senior Project archive


Experiential Learning Opportunities

In addition to coursework, the Imaging Science program and the university provides a range of experiential learning opportunities for students.

Undergraduate Research

The Center for Imaging Science is currently the home of 11 active research groups with a diverse collection of laboratories that  are supported by millions of dollars of sponsored funding.  These projects provide a rich environment for students to engage in experiential learning through research. For more information contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator or Center faculty.

Co-ops/Internships/Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Because of the connections that the CIS research labs have with external funding agencies and collaborators, our students are well known throughout the federal government, the imaging industry, and at other academic institutions.  Consequently many are uniquely prepared to compete favorably for highly sought after co-op, internship, and REU opportunities. For more information contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and/or the Office of Career Services and Co-operative Education.

Study Abroad

The RIT study abroad program provides students with the unique opportunity to enrich their academic studies with an immersive experience in another culture.  While a small percentage of Imaging Science students take advantage of this program, those who have will attest to its value as an important element of our experiential learning program. For more information contact the study abroad program at RIT Global.

Student-Initiated Projects

Each year CIS devotes resources to support informal experiential learning opportunities which are initiated by the students.  These activities, which fall outside of any formal coursework or thesis/dissertation research, typically involve the development of cutting-edge imaging systems or technologies that are not readily available in the Center.  Students compete for the resources to pursue these projects through a CIS-wide call for proposals.  Those which are chosen for funding are given one year to complete their work, and are required to write a final report on the project at the end of the effort. For more information contact the CIS Director.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

RIT's Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is dedicated to helping students and their families identify sources of financial aid. In addition, Imaging Science students are consistently awarded additional funding from both internal and external sources. More information on financial aid and scholarships is available at the link below

Financial Aid and Scholarships for Imaging Science Students

Academic Advising and Support Services

Academic Advising

Each student in the Imaging Science program is assigned an academic advisor who works with them to faciliate and ensure progress through the program. The advisor meets with each student on a regular basis to help with course selection and enrollment, provide guidance on academic requirements, and direct the student to support services at RIT. Contact information for the Imaging Science academic advisor is listed in the "Contacts" section at the end of this document. More information is also available through the College of Science Academic Advising Office.

Support Services

In addition to academic advising, RIT offers a range of academic and personal support services. More information is available from the Academic Support Services and Health Resources groups within the Division of Student Affairs

Policies and Procedures

To provide for the general welfare, RIT has established a set of policies to govern the activities of the university and the members of its community. Of particular interest to students in the Imaging Science program are the subset of student policies related to academic concerns and personal conduct.

Students in the Imaging Science program should familiarize themselves with policies P03.0 Honor Code, D08.0 Student Academic Integrity,  and C02.0 Misconduct in Research and Scholarship and understand that they are bound by these policies and subject to action in the event of infractions.

The Ombuds Office provides impartial, independent, confidential and informal conflict resolution resources for members of the RIT community.


Undergraduate Program Coordinator: James Ferwerda,

Imaging Science Academic Advisor: Lindsay Cohen,

Imaging Science Academic Coordinator: Elizabeth Lockwood,

Associate Director, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science: Karen Braun,

Director, Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science: David Messinger,