Students completing the program will be awarded the Certificate in Photonics in addition to the Bachelor of Science degree. Students may have any major, but the program fits most naturally with majors in Physics, Chemistry, or Electrical Engineering. As part of the certificate program, they will take courses in the other departments which will fulfill requirements in their own departments. In their junior year, they take the Photonics seminar each semester, and in their senior year, they take two newly created courses in photonics taught by faculty experts.

Students majoring in Physics will learn more of the underlying quantum mechanics and relativity which describe light waves. Students majoring in Chemistry will learn more of spectroscopic techniques and advanced analytical methods. Students taking the suggested course sequence will also qualify for ACS certification. Students majoring in Electrical Engineering will learn more about electronics design and communications. All students in the program will have opportunities to work in the laboratories of participating faculty.