Science Instrumentation – Program of Study

Scientific Instrumentation

Quantitative measurements are performed in every area of science, engineering, and technology, providing a critical comparison between actual results and theoretical models or projected performance.  Science and technology related enterprises critically rely upon quantitative measurement feedback to both design and develop new products and control, calibrate and diagnose physical processes.

To perform and understand accurate measurements, one must understand many fundamental principles of measurement and instrumentation, including the physical sensors employed, systematic and statistical errors, dynamic response, calibration, filtering and signal averaging.  The Science Instrumentation Track incorporates coursework from multiple scientific and engineering disciplines to provide students with a fundamental understanding of these principles and exposure to quantitative measurement and analysis.  This knowledge fills a critical need in science-based commercial and academic enterprises.

Science Instrumentation Core courses and electives should total a minimum of 18 credits.

SI Track Required Courses (4 or 5 credits):

PHYS 6770  Optical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation (3)
PHYS 6775*  Optical Measurement Techniques and Instrumentation Laboratory (2)

*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.


PHYS 6760** Principles of Physical Measurement and Instrumentation (4)
**This course with lab fulfills the laboratory component requirement of the SI track.

Focus Area Core Courses (6 to 8 credits)

Physical Sensors

PHYS 6610 Electronics for Scientific Instrumentation (4)
PHYS 6620 Data Acquisition for Scientific Instrumentation (4)

Analytical Chemistry

CHEM 5700 Advanced Analytical Chemistry Lab (2)
CHEM 6740 Bioanalytical Chemistry (2)
CHEM 7770 Analytical Spectroscopy and Optics (2)

Biomedical Sensors

BME 6003 Cellular Biophysics and Electrophysiology (3)
BME 6421 Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes (3)


ECE 5201 Phys. of Nano-Elec. & Rel. Devices (3)
ECE 6221 Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes (3)

MSE 6075 Nanoscale Probing and Imaging (3)
CHEM 6810 Nanoscience: Where Biology, Chemistry and Physics Intersect (3)

Electives (5 to 8):

ATMOS 6220: Boundary Layer Meteorology

BME 5401: Medical Imaging Systems
BME 6405: Nanomedicine
BME 6421/ECE 6221: Fundamentals of Micromachining Processes
BME 6460: Electrophysiology and Bioelectricity
BME 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: Fundamentals of Electrochemistry
CHEM 7770: Analytical Spectroscopy and Optics
CHEM 7780: Surface Chemistry

CH EN 6305: Air Pollution Control Engineering

CS 6630: Visualization for Data Science

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 6750: Foundations of Modern Optics

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 6100 —Policy and Regulatory Considerations for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6110 Business Development for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6200 Professional Development for Scientist and Engineers
(3 credits)

MST 6210 Operations and Project Management for Scientist and Engineers

electives: students can request to take 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 that are published in the University Course Catalog; students are responsible for confirming they meet course requirements and pre-requisites.)