About OSC

College of Optical Sciences: Lighting the Future

The mission of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences is to provide the state of Arizona and the nation with an internationally pre-eminent program in education, research and outreach in all aspects of the science and application of light.

The College of Optical Sciences, formerly known as the Optical Sciences Center, was established in Tucson, Arizona, in 1964 to fulfill a national need for more highly trained engineers and physicists in the optical sciences. Throughout its 50-year history, OSC has stood on the forefront of the field; today, it educates more students in optics than any institution in the U.S.

Student, Faculty, Staff and Alumni Directory

student, faculty and staff directory group photoLooking for someone? Search for current students, staff, and alumni as well as current and past faculty members using our helpful directory. Individual directories may also be found here.

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Dean's Welcome

Dean Thomas L. Koch - photo by Lehigh UniversityFind out more about the work we do here at the College of Optical Sciences in Dean Thomas L. Koch's welcome message.

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Development Board

Development Board Optical SciencesThe mission of OSC's development board of directors is to build and maintain the college's reputation as the world's premier optical sciences education and research institute.

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OSC History

optical sciences center in 1964The College of Optical Sciences was founded in 1964 as the Optical Sciences Center. Find out more about our first graduates, faculty and publications outlining our history.

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Research Specialties

Optical Sciences research specialtiesOSC's research specialties span the breadth of the optical sciences, ranging in size from the world's largest telescopes down to the mystical realm of quantum nanophotonics. Discover what we are doing to push the boundaries in optical engineering, optical physics, photonics and image science.

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Staff Sections

OSC Staff and FacultyThe staff at the College of Optical Sciences provideds support services to faculty members, research associates and students. In this area you will find detailed descriptions for each section's mission and responsibilities, as well as contact information.

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Facilities

Meinel Building West WingCurious about the OSC campus? Find out more about the Meinel Optical Sciences Building and its three wings, the Museum of Optics and how to request a guided tour of our facilities.

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Maps & Directions

Map thumb imagePlanning to visit the University of Arizona and the College of Optical Sciences? You'll find helpful maps and directions on how to find us, as well as places to park on campus.

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