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Optical Sciences

A branch of physics that studies light and its characteristics and behavior, optical sciences have broad applications from telecommunications to national defense to medicine. Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are available. Read on to learn more.

Inside Optical Sciences

Optical sciences, specialties within physics, include the studies of light and vision. Optical sciences examine how light is produced and reproduced and the changes it causes and experiences. Practical devices that originated through optical sciences include contact lenses, microscopes, telescopes, binoculars, cameras, military night vision goggles and lasers.

Education Information

Degrees in optical sciences are often combined with degrees in engineering and train future optical engineers to develop or improve practical applications of optics. The majority of degrees in optical sciences are on the graduate level, but bachelor's degree programs are available. If you would like to learn more about the degree programs in the field of optical sciences, check out the Study.com article links below.

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