OSC History

The College of Optical Sciences, founded as the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, has been shaping the future since 1964 by offering highest-quality graduate and undergraduate education, cutting-edge research programs and a solid commitment to the economic development of the optics industry.

History of the Optical Sciences Center in TucsonArizona and the Optical Sciences Center

Learn more about optics in Arizona and why the College of Optical Sciences is still lovingly referred to as "OSC."

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portrait of Aden B. MeinelOSC Leaders

From its infancy, Optical Sciences Center's leaders have guided the direction of the school with laser-sharp focus and an unquenchable passion for optics.

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James Mayo and Robert Noble, 1968First Graduate Tells All

OSC's first graduate, James W. Mayo, M.S. 1968, describes the exciting and active first years of the center.

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College of Optical Sciences Celebrated 50 Years in 2014Celebrating 50 Years

In 2014, the College of Optical Sciences celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Download anniversary publications and read Light Moments, a series of light-hearted stories about the center's early years.

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Peruse our Reflections, a bimonthly series focusing on the College of Optical Sciences' Emeritus Professors and their impact on the world of optics.

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Historical LensHistorical Lens

Historical Lens is a series of articles highlighting the people and events that have had a historical impact on the Wyant College of Optical Sciences and how they work helped shape the college we know today.

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