Undergraduate Opportunities

Undergraduate Courses in Vision Science

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

  • CVS/BCS/PSY 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • CVS/BCS/PSY 151: Perception and Action
  • CVS/BCS/PSY 208: Laboratory in Perception and Cognition
  • CVS/BCS/NSC/PSY 220: The Intelligent Eye
  • CVS/BCS/NSC 245: Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
  • BCS 391: Independent Study
  • BCS 395: Independent Research

Vision Science Minors

CVS offers two minors, the Visual Science Minor, and the Visual Science Research Minor.

Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.

Requirements for a Minor in Visual Science

Five courses are required

One of the following:

  • CVS/BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • CVS/BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • CVS/BCS 153: Cognition
  • BCS 240/NSC 201: Basic Neurobiology
  • CVS/BCS 151: Perception and Action
  • OPT 248/448: Vision and the Eye

One of the following upper-level courses:

  • CVS/BCS 220: The Intelligent Eye
  • CVS/BCS 245: Sensory and Motor Neuroscience
  • CVS/BCS 504: Sensory Systems (with permission of instructor)
  • CVS/BCS 505: Perception and Motor Systems (with permission of instructor)
  • CVS/BCS 391: Independent Study (one semester only)

Requirements for a Research Minor in Visual Science

Five courses are required

One of the following:

  • CVS/BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior
  • CVS/BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science
  • CVS/BCS 151: Perception and Action
  • OPT 248/448: Vision and the Eye
  • Two semesters of CVS/BCS 395: Independent Research in Visual Science. These may be either with the same faculty member in CVS or with two different faculty.

Walt and Bobbi Makous Prize

The Walt and Bobbi Makous Prize was established in 2012 by the Center for Visual Science, a research program of more than 35 faculty at the University dedicated to understanding how the human eye and brain allow us to see. The prize is named for Walt Makous, who was Director of the Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester throughout the 1980s, and his wife Bobbi. The prize honors the graduating senior who has made the most outstanding contribution to vision research at Rochester.

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Summer Fellowship Program in Vision Science

CVS offers an annual summer research fellowship program in vision science. Students interested in neuroscience, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and biomedical science are invited to join the Center for Visual Science for a summer of supervised laboratory training. Applicants will be selected based on academic achievements and an interest in pursuing graduate studies in science. Both US and foreign applications are accepted.

Our fellowship covers travel for US citizens and permanent residents (and up to $500 in travel costs for foreign students) and cover the majority of on-campus housing expenses for non-local students. This is all in addition to a stipend of $4,054 for a summer of continuous training in a faculty member's lab. Training includes an orientation, weekly talks from CVS faculty, and a poster session and CVS picnic at summer's end. Rochester, located near Lake Ontario in western New York, is an internationally recognized center for visual and imaging science and provides a scenic and natural setting for a variety of outdoor activities.

Note: The program is restricted to undergraduate students or recent graduates who have not been accepted to graduate school programs. Successful applicants are typically juniors or seniors who have research experience.

Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows interested in the Center for Visual Science should contact the faculty member(s) who fits their areas of interest directly.

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