The Wyant College of Optical Sciences, founded as the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center, has been shaping the future since 1964 by offering highest-quality graduate and undergraduate education, cutting-edge research programs and a solid commitment to the economic development of the optics industry.
Arizona and the Optical Sciences Center
Learn more about optics in Arizona and why the College of Optical Sciences is still lovingly referred to as "OSC."
Wyant College of Optical Sciences
In February 2019 the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences was renamed in honor of Professor Emeritus James C. Wyant, the college's founding dean. Renaming the college as the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences recognizes Wyant's significant impact – in academia and as a business leader in the field – and his exceptionally generous philanthropic contributions to the UArizona and the college.
Aden Meinel was the founding director of the University of Arizona Optical Sciences Center and the Kitt Peak National Observatory. With his wife and research partner, Marjorie, he also developed next-generation space-telescope concepts and pioneered the use of solar energy.
James C. Wyant
If you were to ask Professor Emeritus James (Jim) C. Wyant what has led to his success, he would most likely—as he has many times—say, “luck and timing.” And while many people would agree that luck can create some level of opportunity, nothing enables greater career success than working harder and caring more.
First Graduate Tells All
OSC's first graduate, James W. Mayo, M.S. 1968, describes the exciting and active first years of the center.
From its infancy, Optical Sciences Center's leaders have guided the direction of the school with laser-sharp focus and an unquenchable passion for optics.
Celebrating 50 Years
In 2014, the College of Optical Sciences celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Download anniversary publications and read Light Moments, a series of light-hearted stories about the center's early years.