Total Hours Needed to Graduate:
60 Hours

Photonics and Laser Technology Major

45 Hours
COURSE NUMBER
COURSE TITLE
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EET 1110
Electrical Technology
4

Introduces electrical fundamentals: nomenclature, symbols, SI units, and schematic diagrams. Covers conductors, voltage, current, resistance, and power. Uses Ohm's, Watt's, and Kirchhoff's Laws and the Thevenin theorem to analyze series and parallel circuits. Covers magnetism, alternating current, and capacitance. Emphasizes hands-on lab experiments, test and measurement equipment, and technical report writing. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
MTH 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
EET 1110L

EET 1150
Circuits
4

Continues EET 1110 with inductance, time constants, and resonance. Introduces semiconductor devices and electronic circuit applications. Devices include diodes, transistors, and op-amps. Applications include amplifiers, op-amp functions, active filters, and power supply circuits. Emphasizes lab experiments, troubleshooting, test equipment, and technical writing. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
EET 1150L

EET 1610
Introduction to Robotics
3

Provides an overview of industrial robots, mobile robots, control, actuators, and sensors. Basic robotic mechanics and operations are introduced. Students gain experience with robot programming for a variety of tasks through simulations and hardware/software interfacing. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
EET 1610L

MTH 1310
Pre-Calculus
5

Examines functions, their inverses, graphs, and properties. Students solve equations and real-world problems involving polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Topics also addressed are: conic sections, complex numbers, vectors, sequences and series. Limits are introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1110

PLT 1210
Introduction to Photonics and Lasers
4

Introduces the fundamentals of light, optics, and lasers. Covers the nature and properties of light (such as energy, amplitude, wavelength, frequency, period, phase, propagation). Addresses geometrical optics (reflection, diffraction, imaging, thin lens formula, lens maker's equation), wave optics (interference, diffraction, polarization), and the basic principles and practical applications of lasers. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Corequisite(s):
MTH 1110

Concurrent requisite(s):
PLT 1210L

PLT 2310
Optical Components, Systems and Metrology
3

Introduces students to fiber optics system components including optical fibers, optical sources, amplifiers, couplers, light detectors, and the principles of optical fiber communication systems. Hands-on experiments will provide students experience with fiber splicing, coupling, termination, and loss testing. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1310, PLT 1210

Concurrent requisite(s):
PLT 2310L

PLT 2350
Fiber Optics and Data Communications
3

Introduces students to fiber optics system components including optical fibers, optical sources, amplifiers, couplers, light detectors, and the principles of optical fiber communication systems. Hands-on experiments will provide students experience with fiber splicing, coupling, termination, and loss testing. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 1150, MTH 1310, PLT 1210

Concurrent requisite(s):
PLT 2350L

PLT 2410
Laser Systems
4

Addresses the operating principles and output characteristics of lasers. Introduces Q-switching, mode locking, and frequency doubling. Describes laser types and their applications. Lasers covered include gas, solid-state, semiconductor, diode and fiber lasers. Introduces holography. Students will learn to align and operate a variety of lasers, and use test equipment including power meters, spectrum analyzers, beam profilers and others. Laser safety is emphasized throughout the entire course and program. 45 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1310, PLT 1210

Concurrent requisite(s):
PLT 2410L

PLT 2510
Photonics Applications
3

Surveys a variety of photonics and laser applications such as materials processing, laser based non-destructive testing, medical and surgical laser applications, spectroscopy, remote sensing, alternative energy, forensics and others.

Prerequisite(s):
PLT 2410

PLT 2710
Capstone Project
3

Presents students with the opportunity to design, build, test, and demonstrate an electro-optical system based on the knowledge of optical principles and hands-on skills acquired throughout their program. Students will demonstrate communications skills by writing a final project report and giving an oral presentation of their project.

Prerequisite(s):
PLT 2310, PLT 2410

SCI 2150
Integrated Physics
3

Introduces the principles of physics. Concepts explored include mechanical, fluid, electromagnetic, and thermal systems.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 1210 OR MTH 1310

WRKTC2010
Work Experience
3

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field. Courses must be taken towards the end of the first two years. Students must achieve 70% or better in all coursework and 70% or better on all evaluations to receive credit for this course.

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Baker College gave me the tools that prepared me for a job like this, making sure that we were learning the correct stuff. Talking with LaserMech or other companies and finding out what they’re looking for and then applying that to the classroom.

- Marcus Hosmer, Field Service Technician AAS Photonics and Laser Technology
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