The Science Instrumentation (SI) Track, coordinated through the College of Science, incorporates coursework from a number of different scientific and engineering disciplines.
Virtually every science-related business or science-based research or development enterprise relies on a variety of instruments and measurement techniques to achieve their goals. Until you can measure a process, it is very hard to improve it. Understanding the meaning, reliability and accuracy of measurement results also requires both conceptual knowledge and practical experience. Thus, there is a need for people who understand instrumentation, know how to implement measurement design strategies, and are familiar with useful measurement options and techniques.
The SI Track is generally focused on the use of instruments, computer systems, and computational algorithms to provide measurement solutions for industrial applications and scientific investigations. To reflect the breadth of the fields of application in which instrumentation is critical, the SI Track offers four distinct focus areas from which to choose (see below) involving coursework from a number of different departments.
Courses in the SI track generally stress the following three elements of instrumentation:
- Translation of measured physical quantities into electrical signals
- Use of hardware to acquire electrical signals and process the data
- Conceptual understanding to extract useful meaning from the measurements
Courses in the different focus areas will stress particular measurement techniques and instrumentation that are used in measurement strategies related to that area.
As designated below, every student in the SI Track, no matter the focus area, must complete “Optical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation” – PHYS 6770. Students are allowed to enroll either in just the lecture portion of this course for 3 credits, or the lecture + lab for 5 credits (students may not enroll in the laboratory portion alone). The laboratory section is designated as PHYS 6775. In addition to PHYS 6770, there is a set of required courses specific to each focus area. To round out the track-specific coursework (15 hours), students must choose one or two elective courses either from the list of technical electives or from the core courses of alternative focus areas (see below).
Every student in the SI Track, no matter the focus area, must complete at least one course that includes a significant laboratory component (see footnotes below).
Please contact the SI Track Director, Dr. Clayton Williams, with any questions you might have about the SI Track. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Common Core Requirement|
|PHYS 6770*||3||Optical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation|
|PHYS 6775*||2||Optical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation Lab|
|Physical Sensors Focus Area Core Courses|
|PHYS 6610†||4||Electronics for Scientific Instrumentation|
|PHYS 6620†||4||Data Acquisition for Scientific Instrumentation|
|Biomedical Sensors Focus Area Core Courses|
|BIOEN 6102†||3||Bioinstrumentation, Signals and Systems|
|Analytical Chemistry Focus Area Core Courses|
|CHEM 7700||2||Analytical and Chemical Measurements I|
|CHEM 7710||2||Analytical and Chemical Measurements II|
|CH EN 6103||3||Biochemical Engineering|
|Micro/Nanotechnology Focus Area Core Courses|
|CHEM 5810 / CHEM 6810||3||Nanoscience|
|ECE 5201||3||Physics of Nano-Electronics and Related Devices|
|MSE 6075||3||Nanoscale Probing and Imaging|
|ATMOS 6220||3||Boundary Layer Meteorology|
|BIOEN 5401||3||Medical Imaging Systems|
|BIOEN 6421†||3||Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes|
|BIOEN 6460||3||Electrophysiology and Bioelectricity|
|BIOEN 7160||3||Physical Nature of Surfaces|
|CHEM 7020||2||Introduction to Spectroscopy I|
|CHEM 7030||2||Introduction to Spectroscopy II|
|CHEM 7270||2||Organic Spectroscopy I|
|CHEM 7280||2||Organic Spectroscopy II|
|CHEM 7770||2||Optical Spectroscopy|
|CHEM 7780||2||Surface Chemistry|
|CH EN 6503†||4||Instrumental Analysis of Process Products|
|CS 6630||3||Scientific Visualization|
|ECE 5202||4||Integrated Circuit Microfabrication|
|ECE 6221||3||Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes|
|ECE 6231/6232†||4||Microsensors and Actuators + Lab|
|ECE 6325||3||Wireless Communication Systems|
|MSE 6073||3||Nanostructured Materials: Science and Technology|
|PHYS 5739†||2||Fundamentals Microscopy: Electron and Optical|
|PHYS 6210||3||Optics in Biology|
|PHYS 6720||4||Introduction to Computing in Physics|
|PHYS 6750†||4||Applied Modern Optics I & II|
* The lecture portion of this course, PHYS 6770 (3 credits), is required of all focus areas. The laboratory portion, PHYS 6775 (2 credits) can be taken along with the lecture (5 total credits) to fulfill the laboratory component for the SI Track. Students registered for PHYS 6775 must be enrolled in PHYS 6770.
† Fulfills laboratory component.
‡Electives for a particular focus area may be chosen from the list below or from the required course list of an alternate focus area.