There are six major student learning outcomes (SLOs) identified for this interdisciplinary degree program. These SLOs are listed below, along with the graduate courses identified to address these outcomes. SLOs 1-3 will be addressed primarily by the undergraduate curriculum. Upon successful completion of the PSM program, students will demonstrate:

  1. Working knowledge of the basic principles of light and its detection. (undergraduate curriculum)
  2. Engineering principles of optical design and imaging systems. (undergraduate curriculum and STAT 511A)
  3. Molecular and cell biological methods for making/expressing tagged molecules. (undergraduate curriculum and GRAD 544)
  4. Ability to operate of various microscope systems and working knowledge of applications of various microscope technologies. (BC 565, BC 404, CM 502, NSCI 693D, BC 665A, NSCI 687D)
  5. Ability to acquire microscopy data, automate data collection, select appropriate data storage schemes for large data sets, and analyze imaging data. (GRAD 510, NSCI 677, NSCI 696D)
  6. Ability to integrate microscopy/STEM knowledge in a business setting to make wise business decisions. (GRAD 550, MGT 340, MGT 430, MGT 440, BUS 500, BUS 501)

Since the PSM in Microscopy Imaging Technology is highly interdisciplinary, we anticipate accepting students from a broad range of undergraduate majors. Depending on the course work taken by a student in their undergraduate studies, the expected program duration can be 2-4 semesters and varies based on the courses needed to complete the learning objectives outlined above. Detailed sample curricula for students with differing backgrounds can be found here.

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