Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements


Master of Science in Integrated Science and Technology


Integrated Science and Technology (ISAT)

 

The generalist track ISAT degree requires a total of 33 semester hours consisting of 6 applied science seminars, 12 hours from the core courses, 6 hours in their area of concentration, 3 hours in courses that are cross-listed with their area of concentration, and 6 hours of research project or thesis work.

 

The specialist track ISAT degree requires a total of 36 semester hours consisting of 3 hours of the first applied seminar course, 9 hours from the second applied seminar course and the core course, 18 hours in their area of concentration, and 6 hours of thesis work.

 

Proficiencies

One of the most positive characteristics of the ISAT program is the diversity of the students. To ensure that all students in the program succeed, a web-based review of introductory material in each of the calculus, chemistry, computer science, industrial technology, and physics courses will be provided. All students admitted to the program will be asked to demonstrate proficiency in calculus, chemistry, computer science, industrial technology, and physics during their first year in the program. Proficiency will be comparable to the level of knowledge of having passed an introductory undergraduate course or courses in the area.

 

GENERALIST TRACK

Core Courses: Credit Hours 33

*ISAT 600. Applied Science Seminar, I (3 hours)
*ISAT 601. Applied Science Seminar, II (3 hours)

 

Four of the following five courses:

*ISAT 615. Technology in Industry and Society (3 hours)
*ISAT 625. Applications of Computing in Science & Technology (3 hours)
*ISAT 635. Industrial Chemistry (3 hours)
*ISAT 645. Modeling for Science and Industry (3 hours)
*ISAT 655. Error and Risk Analysis (3 hours)

18 hours

 

Discipline Specific Courses:

Two courses in chosen discipline (6 hours)

 

Electives:

One course cross-listed with chosen discipline (3 hours)

9 hours

 

Thesis/Research Project:
One of the following:

*ISAT 770. Thesis or *ISAT 771. Research Project (6 hours)

TOTAL 33 hours

 

SPECIALIST TRACK

Core Courses: Credit Hours 36

ISAT 600. Applied Science Seminar, I (3 hours)

 

Three of the following six courses:

ISAT 601. Applied Science Seminar, II (3 hours)
ISAT 615. Technology in Industry and Society (3 hours)
ISAT 625. Applications of Computing in Science and Technology (3 hours)
ISAT 635. Industrial Chemistry (3 hours)
ISAT 645. Modeling for Science and Industry (3 hours)
ISAT 655. Error and Risk Analysis (3 hours)

9 hours

 

Electives:
2Six courses in chosen discipline (18 hours)
*ISAT 770. Thesis or *ISAT 771. Research Project (6 hours)

TOTAL 36 hours

 

1.You must choose three courses that are not in your discipline.
2.At least four out of the six courses have to be at 600 level

 

Core Courses

The core courses meet the dual challenge of broadening and extending training in the individual areas as well as providing experience in applying these individual disciplines to the design and development of products and processes within business and industry. The core courses introduce elements that will pervade the entire program and unify, or connect, the components of the program of study. A unique aspect of the ISAT degree program is the seamless integration of the social context of science and technology throughout the program’s curriculum. Students in this program will study all aspects of real systems regardless of their nature, including scientific, technical, social, informational and political characteristics.

 

Concentrations

Each student will select as an area of concentration, i.e., Chemistry, Computer Science, Industrial Technology, Mathematics, or Physics. A student is required to complete 6 hours of graduate courses from his/her area of concentration and 3 hours of cross-listed courses within his/her area of concentration. In addition, the program requires (18) hours of core courses and 6 hours of thesis or research project, ISAT 770 or 771.

 

Thesis/Research Project

Each student is required to complete a thesis or research project that investigates a significant interdisciplinary, applications-oriented topic centered in the area of concentration. The degree program requires a total of 6 hours of credit in ISAT 770 or ISAT 771. The topic for a thesis or research project is to be chosen at the completion of ISAT 601. The student will be directed by his or her Degree Committee in the choice of topic as well as choosing whether to do a thesis or a research project. The students must register for the departmental Thesis or Research Project courses for each semester the thesis or research project is in progress.

 

Degree Committee

Each candidate for the ISAT degree will have a Degree Committee that will work with the student to select his or her course of study and the project or thesis for the research component of the degree. Each Degree Committee will consist of two faculty members from the student’s major area, one faculty member from an area also involved in the degree, and a representative from business or industry. A student’s Degree Committee will be selected during the student’s first semester in the program. Research project topics will be chosen during the student’s first year in the program, but after completion of the Applied Science Seminars. A student making insufficient progress toward his/her degrees will be notified of the concerns identified by the committee, and will be given up to one semester to resolve any concerns.

 

ACADEMIC STANDARDS POLICY

A student in the ISAT program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, with no grade lower than a “C,” and no more than one “C” on graduate course work. A student who fails to meet this standard will be placed on probation the following regular semester and allowed an opportunity to repeat one course to improve his/her cumulative GPA. A student failing to improve his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.0 will be dismissed from the ISAT program and Graduate School.



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