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Three new bachelors of photonics in Ontario
Author(s): Marc Nantel; Johann Beda; Treena Grevatt; Brahim Chebbi; Paul Jessop; Shaowen Song
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Paper Abstract

After the introduction in 2001 of community college programs at the Photonics Technician/Technologist levels, the need to cover the photonics educational space at the undergraduate level was addressed. In the last year, three very different new undergraduate degrees in photonics have started to develop in Ontario. These programs are presented in this paper. The Honours B.Sc. in Photonics at Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo) will develop a strong understanding of the theory and application of photonics, with practical hands-on exposure to optics, fibre optics, and lasers. This program benefits from the particularity that the department offering it combines both Physics and Computer Science. At McMaster University, the Engineering Physics program will provide students with a broad background in basic Engineering, Mathematics, Electronics, and Semiconductors, as well as an opportunity to pursue Photonics in greater depth and to have that fact recognized in the program designation. The Niagara and Algonquin College Bachelor of Applied Technology in Photonics program is co-op and joint between the two institutions. Emphasis is placed on the applied aspect of the field, with the more hands-on experimental learning taking precedence in the first years and the more advanced theoretical subjects following in the latter years.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5578, Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Astronomy, Biomedicine, Imaging, Materials Processing, and Education, (9 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.567416
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Nantel, Photonics Research Ontario (Canada)
Johann Beda, Physiciens Sans Frontieres (Canada)
Treena Grevatt, Niagara College (Canada)
Brahim Chebbi, Algonquin College (Canada)
Paul Jessop, McMaster Univ. (Canada)
Shaowen Song, Wilfrid Laurier Univ. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5578:
Photonics North 2004: Photonic Applications in Astronomy, Biomedicine, Imaging, Materials Processing, and Education

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