Classes on optics and closely related topics at Montana State University are offered primarily in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry. Our students also have world-class opportunities for participating in design and research projects that greatly apply and extend their classroom and laboratory learning. Every undergraduate student in our programs participate in a meaningful research experience.

Electrical and Computer Engineering


  • PHYS 253 Physics of Photography
  • PHYS 305 Art & Science of Holography
  • PHYS 427 Advanced Optics
  • PHYS 437 Laser Applications
  • PHYS 444 Advanced Physics Lab
  • PHYS 531 Nonlinear Optics and Spectroscopy

Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • CHMY 362 Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHMY 421 Advanced Instrument Analysis
  • CHMY 527 Optical Spectroscopy