Certificate in Scientific Instrument Development

Units required for Certificate: 11 minimum

Program Description

A certificate in Scientific Instrument Development is available through the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The Scientific Instrument Development certificate program focuses not only on using scientific instruments, but also will teach the fundamentals of electronics, computer interfacing, and machining. Students that earn this certificate will be prepared to design, prototype, and construct instruments for a wide range of scientific applications.

Eligibility Information

To receive the certificate in Scientific Instrument Development, students must:

  • achieve a 2.5 GPA in the certificate program courses;
  • must be working towards a degree at Sacramento State or have special approval from the Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Program Requirements

PHSC 75Introduction to Machine Shop Practices2
PHYS 115Electronics and Instrumentation4
PHYS 116Advanced Electronics and Instrumentation3
Select one of the following:2 - 4
Chemical Instrumentation
Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Advanced Laboratory Techniques for Geology
Advanced Physics Laboratory
Total Units11-13