About this Specialization
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Advanced Level

Some undergraduate math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

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    Specify an optical system and potential solutions to meet those specs

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    Transform layouts into optical designs including real optical components

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    Analyze you designs in an industry standard optical design code, OpticStudio by Zemax, to validate and optimize the design

Skills you will gain

optical system specificationoptimization of optical systemsoptical design

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Advanced Level

Some undergraduate math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 6 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

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Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

First Order Optical System Design

4.1
57 ratings
19 reviews
Course2

Optical Efficiency and Resolution

3.8
10 ratings
3 reviews
Course3

Design of High-Performance Optical Systems

4.3
7 ratings
1 reviews

Instructors

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Amy Sullivan

Research Associate
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
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Robert McLeod

Professor
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Start working towards your Master's degree

This specialization is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • The specialization is designed to be taken over 18 weeks. Each course is 6 weeks in length.

  • Knowledge of electromagnetic waves and mathematical tools at the level of a senior electrical engineering undergraduate are assumed.

  • We recommend you take the courses in order as each course builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous course.

  • Students completing this specialization will be able to:

    · Design optical systems based on first-order approximations to quickly evaluate the feasibility of a new idea.

    · Design optical systems with the required resolution and efficiency for a given project.

    · Design complex, high-performance optical systems with multiple types of components with limited aberrations.

    · Analyze the performance of optical systems using OpticStudio by Zemax.

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