Program Overview

Optics and Photonics Technology A.A.S.

Optics and Photonics Technology


Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences Division, RoomT302, (847)543-2044

www.clcillinois.edu/programs/lpo
Degree: Associate in Applied Science
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This program prepares graduates for employment in the growing field of photonics - including optics, lasers, fiber optics, and other electro-optical devices. Graduates are qualified for employment in positions such as lab technician, system installer, troubleshooting/ repair technician, and marketing and sales representatives. Employers include companies in various industries that use photonics applications; such as manufacturing, aerospace, defense, entertainment, laser manufacturers, energy, medicine, automotive, lighting, and communications. The program includes industry recommended coursework, hands-on experience with state of the art equipment, and project work expected of entry level employees. This program prepares graduates for a successful career in this rapidly growing field.

 To complete an A.A.S., students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Success Advisor to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements.


First Semester

13-15 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course ^

College Success Seminar

[2]

course

Technical Mathematics II or

course

College Algebra or

higher level Math Course

3-5

course

English Composition I or

course

Technical Composition I

3

course

Introduction to SolidWorks

3

course

Fundamentals of Speech or

course

Business/Professional Speaking or

course

Interviewing Practices  

3

course

Job Readiness Skills

1

Second Semester

13-17 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Elements of Photonics

3

course

Photonics-Enabled Technologies

3

course

General Physics or

higher level Physics Course

4-5

course

Electrical Systems I and

course

Electrical Systems II and

course

Electrical Systems III or

course

Electronic Laboratory Techniques and

course

DC Circuit Fundamentals and

course

AC Fundamentals

3-6

Third Semester

20-22 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Elements of Photonics II

3

course

Quality Assurance for Precision Optics

3

course

LPO Capstone Proposal

1

course

Introduction to Digital Electronics

4

course

Critical Thinking or

course

Introduction to Ethics

3

course

Laser and Electro-Optic Devices

3

LPO Elective (see list below)

3-5

Fourth Semester

12-15 Credits

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

LPO Project or Research

course

Internship I

3

course

Photonic CAD Applications or

course

Microprocessors I

3-4

course

Economics for Business and Industry

3

LPO Elective (see list below)

3-5

Total Hours for A.A.S. Degree

61-72

LPO Elective Options (Any course can be taken once towards total credit hours for completion of this certificate.)

CoURSE

Title

Hours

course

Principles of Biology

3

course

General Biology I

4

course

Programmable Logic Controllers

3

course

Advanced Programmable Controllers

3

course

Manufacturing Processes

3

course

General Physics II

5

course

Physics for Science and Engineers I

5

course

Physics for Science and Engineers II

5

course

Physics for Science and Engineering III

4

course

Introduction to Lasers, Photonics and Optics

3

^ The credit for CLC 120, College Success Seminar, is an institutional requirement for graduation. It is not part of the program requirements but must be completed with a D or better.

For more information on recommended courses or program specific advising, contact faculty member William Kellerhals at (847) 543-2616 or the Engineering, Math and Physical Sciences division at (847) 543-2044.