Courses

VIS SCI 6400 Sensory Processes And Perception: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in vision science or consent of instructor. Current views on the encoding of various aspects of the visual stimulus (intensity, space, time, and wavelength) that give rise to the perceptions of brightness, contour, motion and color will be considered in this course. The psychophysical tools available to examine visual encoding will be emphasized. Other topics will include binocular vision and depth perception, information processing approaches to visual pattern recognition, and the similarities and interactions of the visual system with the other sensory modalities.

VIS SCI 6401 Visual Optics: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: graduate standing in vision science or consent of instructor. This course deals with the optical properties of the eye. Included are a review of general optics including physical optics, paraxial and nonparaxial geometric optics, image quality, radiometry and photometry, and optical instrumentation. Topics in visual optics will include schematic eyes, measurement of the refractive errors, visual axes, spectral absorption by the ocular media, and the optical performance of the eye.

VIS SCI 6402 Ocular Anatomy And Physiology: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: graduate standing in vision science or consent of insturctor. The structures and fluids of the eye and orbit, their interactions and functions are considered in this course. Specific topics include the eyelids. Tearfilm, conjunctiva, cornea. Iris, ciliary body, vasculature, aqueous humor, vitreous body, and the retina.

VIS SCI 6403 Psychophysical Methods And Experimental Design: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in vision science or consent of instructor. Advanced methodology for the design and analysis of experiments in a variety of areas of visual science are considered in this course. Both basic and applied topics will be considered. Special emphasis will be placed on psychophysical methodology, signal detection analysis, and scaling techniques.

VIS SCI 6404 Sensory Neuroscience: 3 semester hours

Prerequisite: Graduate standing in vision science or consent of instructor. This course will deal with the neural organization of the sensory system with an emphasis on vision. It will include a review of general neurophysiology and neuroanatomy as they relate to the processing of environmental stimuli into neural information as well as experimental approaches utilized in neurobiology. Topics to be covered include: neural transduction and sensory coding by receptors and neurons, constraints on perception defined by the functional organization of the nervous system, sensory development and plasticity as related to neural development, and evolution of sensory systems.

VIS SCI 6405 Neuroanatomy: 5 semester hours

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Detailed gross and microscopic anatomy of the human central nervous system with a special emphasis on the cranial nerves, nuclei, and the visual system. Students may not receive credit for both VIS SCI 6405 and OPTOM 8040.

VIS SCI 6406 Geometric Optics: 5 semester hours

Prerequisite: Graduate Standing. The principles of geometrical optics as applied to refracting and reflecting surfaces, thin lenses, thick lenses, and lens systems. The optics of various ophthalmic instruments and techniques will be examined. A student may not receive credit for both VIS SCI 6406 and OPTOM 8020.

VIS SCI 6470 Individual Studies In Visiion Science: 2 semester hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. This course designation can be used to cover a variety of topics in visual science. In general, very specific topics of limited interest will be presented as individual studies. Individual studies and advanced topics enable the student's course of study to be sharply tuned to his or her major area of interest.

VIS SCI 6490 Graduate Research In Vision Science: 1-15 semester hours

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Research in an area selected by the student in consultation with faculty members. May be taken to a maximum of ten hours for the M.S. and 15 hours for the Ph.D.

VIS SCI 6497 Interdisciplinary Geriatric Care: 3 semester hours

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Interdisciplinary approaches that address the medical, social, instrumental and functional needs of older adults will be examined. Information about geriatric care management and social issues affecting the well-being of older adults will be provided. Clinical, theoretical, and educational perspectives will be presented.

VIS SCI 6499 Current Topics In Optometry And Vision Science: 1 semester hour

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor this seminar course examines and analyzes current publications in eye care and vision research.