In this online engineering specialization, you will deepen and apply your knowledge of optical devices to design electronics that adapt to different optical environments. You will complete courses in light-emitting diodes and semiconductor lasers, nanophotonics and detectors, and displays.

By completing this specialization, you will learn to:

  • Analyze and design light sources and surrounding optical systems
  • Analyze and design detection systems for LIDAR, microscopy, and cameras
  • Design optical device systems that can adapt to the environment
  • Use lasers and optical electronics through an understanding of the interaction of light and atoms, laser rate equations, and noise in photo-detection


  • Light Emitting Diodes & Semiconductor Lasers
  • Nanophotonics & Detectors
  • Displays

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MS-EE) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-EE is an affordable, global master's program powered by you. Learn more about the MS-EE program.

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