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Work with light.

Be at the cutting edge of advanced technology.

Photonics technicians build, test, calibrate, and maintain laser and electro-optic devices and systems that generate, transmit, and manipulate light. The use of photonics and laser technology is growing, with new applications being developed every day—from optical networks to medicine and from nanotechnology to solar cells.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

Program Availability

Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time undergraduate freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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The Academic Welcome Experience provides students with a smooth and helpful transition to college life. Students will become familiar with campus life, academic requirements, student expectations, learning environments, and the many services and resources available to them. It is also an important time for forming relationships and connections with fellow students, program advisors, and other members of the Baker College community.

Throughout the Academic Welcome Experience, students participate in a wide array of academic, intellectual, social, and professional experiences available at Baker College. Students connect with their advisors and participate in informational sessions aimed toward exploring career opportunities, networking with professionals in their fields, and sharing program information.

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Photonics and Laser Technology

Work with light.

Be at the cutting edge of advanced technology.

Photonics technicians build, test, calibrate, and maintain laser and electro-optic devices and systems that generate, transmit, and manipulate light. The use of photonics and laser technology is growing, with new applications being developed every day—from optical networks to medicine and from nanotechnology to solar cells.

Career Facts

$53,070

Median salary for Photonics Technicians

1%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$93,260

Median salary for Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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Overview

Overview

Based on industry input and guidance, Baker’s Photonics and Laser Technology associate degree program is designed to meet real-world needs.

Our classroom studies are combined with hands-on training in our state-of-the-art lab, where you learn to build, test, modify, install, operate, calibrate, maintain and repair laser and electro-optic devices. You also have an internship opportunity, where you can apply your skills and gain experience in working with scientists and engineers in the field.

When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to work as a photonics technician in any one of a number of industries, such as aerospace, agriculture, chemical, communications, lighting, construction, medicine, manufacturing, and more.

Course Information

Course Information

Photonics and Laser Technology Major81 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
EET 111A

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces electrical fundamentals, including nomenclature, symbols, SI units, and schematic diagrams. Covers conductors, voltage, current, resistance, and power. Uses Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, and Kirchhoff’s Voltage Law to analyze series circuits and voltage dividers. Emphasizes hands-on lab experiments in building and measuring circuits using a breadboard, multimeter, and power supply.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Electrical Technology 4
EET 115D

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the study of electrical circuits using Ohm’s, Watt’s, and Kirchoff’s Laws to analyze parallel, series-parallel, and ladder networks. Covers the Thevenin, Norton, and Superposition Theorems, and the loop current method of circuit analysis. Emphasizes hands-on lab experiments, the use of test and measurement equipment, and technical report writing. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 111A
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental essential math concepts or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
MTH 111
DC Circuits 4
EET 125B

4 Quarter Hours

Continues the study of electrical circuits with alternating current and reactive circuit elements. Covers electromagnetism, capacitance, inductance, phasors, and complex impedance. Introduces frequency response, decibels, Bode plots, filter circuits, and resonance. Emphasizes lab experiments and technical report writing. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 115D, MTH 111
Corequisite(s):
MTH 112A
AC Circuits 4
EET 136

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces digital logic, circuits, and systems. Covers number bases (binary, octal, decimal, hexadecimal), codes (2’s complement, floating point), integer arithmetic, and logic functions. Uses Boolean algebra, DeMorgan’s Laws, and Karnaugh maps to minimize logic functions. Surveys digital circuit parameters, and adders, comparators, encoders, decoders, multiplexers, demultiplexers, and parity generators.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 115D, MTH 111
Digital Circuits I 4
EET 211

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces semiconductors and electronic circuits. Devices include diodes and the bipolar junction transistor (BJT). Covers semiconductor theory, approximations, diode circuits, transistor biasing, load-lines, Q-point, and single- and multi-stage BJT amplifier circuits. Includes laboratory exercises.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 125B
Solid State Devices I 4
EET 221

4 Quarter Hours

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 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 211
Fiberoptics and Data Communications 4
EET 251

4 Quarter Hours

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. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 112A
Corequisite(s):
EET 211
Introduction to Photonics and Laser Technologies 4
EGR 111

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to communicate technical information in written, digital and oral forms in an effective manner to a variety of audiences. Use of supporting computer software is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Technical Communications for Engineering Sciences 4
ME 107

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to 3D computer aided design modeling techniques using industry typical software. Builds on connection between 2D drawings/sketches and 3D solid modeling. Introduces concepts of projects, parts, libraries, catalogs, and other topics related to industry application of CAD programs.

Introduction to 3-D Modeling 4
MTH 112A

4 Quarter Hours

Examines more advanced elements of algebra emphasizing the use of algebra and functions in problem solving and modeling. Key topics include functions, inverse functions, complex numbers, rational functions, logarithms, exponential functions, conic sections, sequences and series. Graphing is by recognition and transformation rather than by plotting points.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 111.
College Algebra 4
MTH 124

4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes trigonometric functions, their properties, solution of right and oblique triangles, radian measure, graphs, trigonometric equations, and applications.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 112A.
Trigonometry 4
PLT 211

4 Quarter Hours

Presents the ray theory of light and its applications in imaging and optical instruments. Reflection, refraction, dispersion, image formation, and aberrations will be illustrated in laboratory experiments using mirrors, lenses, prisms, and complex instruments. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124. EET 251.
Geometrical Optics 4
PLT 221

4 Quarter Hours

Presents electromagnetic radiation, coherence, interference, diffraction, and polarization of light. Introduces holography. Lab experiments will include diffraction gratings, polarizers, filters, and introduce measurement techniques using instruments such as interferometers and spectrometers. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 251
Wave Optics 4
PLT 231

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the theory of laser light, laser properties, spatial and temporal characteristics, and laser resonator configurations. Various types of lasers including gas, solid-state, and semiconductor lasers will be presented. Students will learn to align, operate and test a variety of lasers. Laser safety is emphasized throughout the entire course and program. 30 hours of lecture and 30 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
EET 251
Laser Fundamentals 4
PLT 235

4 Quarter Hours

Advances the study of laser systems. Devices used for laser beam manipulation and measurement will be introduced, including photodetectors and power/energy detectors, beam expanders and collimators, holographic devices, electro-optic and acousto-optic devices. Laboratory experiments will focus on techniques for detection and characterization of laser light, including troubleshooting techniques. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
PLT 231
Laser Systems 4
PLT 241

4 Quarter Hours

Presents imaging systems, detection, and measurement. Image processing techniques, use of instruments such as spectrometers and spectrum analyzers, monochromators, interferometers, and use of computer software for analysis and design will be covered. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
PLT 231
Optical Systems Analysis 4
PLT 251

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces a variety of photonics and laser applications such as material processing, laser ranging, alignment and tracking, metrology, laser based non-destructive testing, medical and surgical laser applications, spectroscopy, and others.

Corequisite(s):
PLT 231
Photonics Applications 4
PLT 271

4 Quarter Hours

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.

Corequisite(s):
PLT 235, PLT 241
Capstone Project 4
SCI 215

4 Quarter Hours

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

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 124
Integrated Physics 4
WRK 291B

1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate’s employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies 1
WRKTC 201

4 Quarter Hours

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.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), 108 Credit Hours in CYBER DEFENSE MAJOR, 48 Credit Hours in GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS, minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience 4
General Education Requirements24 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
ENG 101

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I 4
ENG 102

4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II 4
MTH 111

4 Quarter Hours

Introduces elements of algebra including real numbers, linear graphing, variable expressions, linear equations, polynomial operations and factoring, systems of equations, quadratic equations, and rational equations.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
Introductory Algebra 4
PSY 101

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations 4
SPK 201

4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication 4
WRI 115

4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students’ critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student’s individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Workplace Communication 4
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 105
Program Description

Program Description

Photonics is the technology of generating, transmitting, and manipulating light. Photonics is used in a broad range of industries such as aerospace, agriculture, alternative energy, biotechnology, chemical, communications, construction, entertainment, environmental technology, homeland security, lighting and illumination, medicine, and manufacturing. The technology is growing with new applications being constantly developed, and the career prospects for photonics technicians are bright. The Photonics and Laser Technology program at Baker College has been developed with industry input and prepares students to build, test, install, operate, maintain, and repair laser and electro-optic devices and systems.

Accreditation

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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