Master of Science in Sensor Science and Technology

This Master of Science in Sensor Science program is tailored for full-time or part-time students who can complete the Program either on campus or online. Since current and future sensor systems have to be smart, scientific and engineering innovations with interdisciplinary approaches that utilize advanced sensing methods and data analysis to intuitively and intelligently collect, connect, analyze and interpret data from individuals, devices, and systems are expected to enable discovery and optimize health and environment.  This program provides its graduates with advanced and specialized training in sensor science and technology, from a multidisciplinary perspective, covering aspects of principles, methods, techniques and technologies that underpin a large range of needs in applications spanning from research to industry, with an emphasis of targeting problems in health and environment. With the skills and knowledge in the specialty area, this program prepares its graduates to be more competitive in pursuing advanced PhD training and in pursuing careers in academia, government, and the many companies developing sensors and sensor-based solutions.

A minimum of 32 credit hours is required for the Master of Science (M.S.) in Sensor Science degree. Two options are available: a thesis option, and a non-thesis option.  The two options share 23 credits Program core courses. A maximum of 12 credits of 400-level coursework may be used to fulfill graduate study requirements.

Thesis Option

Students seeking the thesis option must register for 6-8 credit hours of research coursework numbered 591, write a thesis based on original research, and defend it before his or her M.S. thesis committee. The thesis and oral defense should be completed before the end of the third year of academic study. M.S. Chemistry students fulfill their comprehensive examination requirement with their thesis defense.

Non-Thesis Option

Students seeking the non-thesis degree are required to complete a 3-credit project course. The non-thesis option is made available for online students, with the project course to be completed at local industrial setting. Students must pass an oral comprehensive examination by the end of the fourth semester in the program. 

Program Core Courses (23)
Required courses8
Survey of Analytical Chemistry3
Sensor Science and Technology3
Graduate Seminar in Chemistry1
Chemistry Colloquium1
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the Chemistry core courses6
Biochemistry3
Advanced Organic Chemistry3
Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3
Polymer Synthesis3
Chemical Bonding3
Select a minimum of 9 credits from the following core electives9
Environmental Chemistry3
Food Microbiology3
Introduction to Medical Device3
Process Analytical Technology3
Machine Learning3
Embedded Systems3
Additional requirements for Non-Thesis option (9)
CHEM 546Sensor Project3
Select a minimum of 6 credit hours from the Program Electives6
Managing the Creative Process3
Industrial Leadership3
Data Mining3
Molecular Biology3
Project Management3
IoT and Cyber Physical Systems3
Additional requirements for Thesis option (9)
CHEM 591Research and Thesis M.S.6-8
A minimum of 1-3 credits of free electives3-1

 Minimum degree credits required                                                                                                                            32