Science Instrumentation – Program of Study

Scientific Instrumentation

Science-related businesses rely upon measurement science and instrumentation. Components, systems, and processes are all designed, produced and controlled by quantitative measurement feedback. Critical to this feedback is a fundamental understanding of the measurement methods employed, systematic and statistical errors, and an instrument’s capabilities and limitations. The Science Instrumentation Track incorporates coursework from scientific and engineering disciplines to provide students with an understanding of many quantitative measurement methods as well as critical measurement data analysis and experimental design. This knowledge fills a critical need in science-based commercial and academic enterprises.

Core courses in the SI Track generally stress the following three stages of instrumentation:

Stage 1: Translation of physical quantities into electrical signals
Stage 2: Use of computers to acquire electrical signals and store the data
Stage 3: Use of data analysis tools to process and visualize the data

Core courses and electives total 18 credits.

Core Requirements:

PHYS 6770  Optical Measurement
PHYS 6775*  Optical Measurement Lab

*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.

Focus Areas Core Courses

Physical Sensors

PHYS 6610 Electronics for Scientific Instrumentation
PHYS 6620 Data Acquisition for Scientific Instrumentation

Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 7700 Anal. & Chemical Measurements I
CHEM 7710 Anal. & Chemical Measurements II
CH EN 6103 Biochemical Engineering

Biomedical Sensors

BIOEN 6102 Bioinstrumentation Lecture
BIOEN 6302 Biomaterials


PHYS 5810 Nanoscience

ECE 5201 Phys. of Nano-Elec. & Rel. Devices

MSE 6071 Intro to NanoBio Tech. & Materials
MSE 6075 Nanoscale Probing and Imaging


ATMOS 6220: Boundary Layer Meteorology

BIOEN 5401: Medical Imaging Systems
BIOEN 6405: Nanomedicine
BIOEN 6421: Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
BIOEN 6460: Electrophysiology and Bioelectricity
BIOEN 7160: Physical Nature of Surfaces

CHEM 7020: Intro to Spectroscopy I
CHEM 7030: Intro to Spectroscopy II
CHEM 7270: Organic Spectroscopy I
CHEM 7280: Organic Spectroscopy II
CHEM 7720: Separations
CHEM 7730: Electrochemistry
CHEM 7770: Optical Spectroscopy
CHEM 7780: Surface Chemistry

CH EN 6305: Air Pollution Control Engineering
CH EN 6503: Instrumental Analysis of Process Products

CS 6630: Scientific Visualization

ECE 6221: Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
ECE 6231: Microsensors
ECE 6325: Wireless Communication Systems

MSE 6073: Nanostructured Materials: Science and Technology
ECE 6225: Microsystems Design and Characterization

PHYS 5739: Scanning Electron Microscopy
PHYS 6210: Optics in Biology
PHYS 6720: Introduction to Computing in Physics
PHYS 6730: Computational Physics 2
PHYS 6750: Applied Modern Optics I & II

Advanced Quantitative Skills (6 credits)

MST 6600 Applied Statistical Techniques

AND one of the following courses:

PHYS 6720 Introduction to Computing in Physics
MATH 5740 Mathematical Modeling
PH TX 6680 Stat. Methods for Pharm. Research

IconTransferable Skills (12 Credits)

MST 6010 Effective Communication (1)
MST 6012 Accounting and Finance (1)
MST 6020 Leadership and Management (1)
MST 6021 Strategic Planning and Marketing (1)
MST 6022 Production & Operations Management (1)
MST 6023 Entrepreneurship and New Product Development (1)

MST 6500 Scientific Reasoning (3)

electives: 3 credits of graduate coursework from the David Eccles School of Business or an approved elective (contact program director for a list of transferable skills electives)

(Notes: Course availability is subject to change. Substitute classes may be taken upon approval. Courses may have pre-requisites which are published in the University Course Catalog; students are responsible for confirming they meet course requirements and pre-requisites.)