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Rensselaer Catalog 2007-2008 
Rensselaer Catalog 2007-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Architectural Sciences (Concentration in Lighting) Ph.D.

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The Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting is a multidisciplinary degree encompassing the many disciplines that make up the field of lighting including physics, optics, psychology, physiology, photobiology, engineering, architecture, and design, bringing them together within the context of scientific inquiry, research, and discovery. Students in the program are supported by all the assets of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), the nation’s preeminent center for research and education in lighting.

Students wishing to concentrate their doctoral studies in lighting will complete at least 30 credit hours of formal coursework covering the physics of light, human factors in lighting, lighting technology, design, and leadership. Following the completion of formal courses, students will concentrate their studies and research in a particular area of scientific inquiry under the guidance of an LRC faculty dissertation adviser. Each student will formulate an individual Plan of Study in consultation with their adviser. Areas of research concentration will also be selected in consultation with the adviser from areas including:

  • Transportation lighting
  • Human factors in lighting
  • Solid-state lighting
  • Light and health
  • Energy-efficiency and energy policy

Graduates with a Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences with a Concentration in Lighting can pursue careers as faculty at colleges and universities, in research laboratories, or in other capacities within the lighting industry.


  1. Name change from “Ph.D. in Architectural Sciences” to “Ph.D. in Lighting” has been approved by the Institute Faculty and will be submitted to the NYS Education Department for state approval. Only the name change is being requested, not the content of the degree.

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