• Course Type: Graduate Course, Undergraduate Course
  • Semester Offered: Spring
Course Number: 
OPTI 420/520
Course Number: 
OPTI 520/420
Distance Course: 
Course Description: 
This course will cover the interaction of light with biological material. A particular focus will be the use of photonics in medical diagnostics. The course will include introductory biological concepts such as DNA, proteins, cells, and tissues. In addition, the course will teach the principles and applications of bioimaging, spectroscopy, and biosensors, as well as summarize recently published progress in the field.
Advanced undergraduates (Junior/Senior) or graduate students in Engineering or Optical Sciences. For Junior/Seniors, BME 330 or OPTI 310 is either a pre- or co-requisite.
Tsu-Te Judith Su
Office Hours: 
After class or by appointment
“Biophotonics: Concepts to Applications,” Gerd Keiser, Springer (2016)
Availability: e-book free from Library
Attendance Policy: 
The UA’s policy concerning Class Attendance, Participation, and Administrative Drops is available at:
The UA policy regarding absences for any sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice will be accommodated where reasonable,
Absences pre-approved by the UA Dean of Students (or Dean Designee) will be honored. See:
Course Syllabus: 
Academic Integrity

According to the Arizona Code of Academic Integrity, “Integrity is expected of every student in all academic work. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student’s submitted work must be the student’s own.” Unless otherwise noted by the instructor, work for all assignments in this course must be conducted independently by each student. Co-authored work of any kind is unacceptable. Misappropriation of exams before or after they are given will be considered academics misconduct.

Misconduct of any kind will be prosecuted and may result in any or all of the following:

  • Reduction of grade
  • Failing grade
  • Referral to the Dean of Students for consideration of additional penalty, i.e., notation on a student’s transcript re: academic integrity violation, etc.
Students with Learning Disabilities

If a student is registered with the Disability Resource Center, he/she must submit appropriate documentation to the instructor if he/she is requesting reasonable accommodations.

The information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.