- General Instrumentation: This track is designed to meet the needs of modern industry, hospitals,
and research laboratories for technically trained people with thorough scientific background and practical skills in
designing, building, and operating
scientific instruments. Such jobs are often filled by people whose education is not
directed toward this particular need. Many of them
presently take on-the-job training in precisely the topics this program teaches.
- Professional Track The professional track is designed to transform into the Professional Science
Master's (PSM) degree, a rapidly expanding program nationwide that offers
science students a professional component that may include internships and
"cross-training" in business and communications (see http://npsma.org/).
It consists of the two years of MSI education in modern research
instrumentation complemented by at least nine credits of courses in Stony
Brook's College of Business. On the national scale, the programs have
been developed in concert with industry and are designed to dovetail into
present and future professional career opportunities. There are currently
more than 120 PSM degree programs at over 60 colleges and universities
nationwide. The PSM programs are supported by the Sloan Foundation, the
Council of Graduate Schools, and a host of other academic and scientific
organizations. The National Research Council has written:
government, and nonprofits need employees who have deep scientific
knowledge as well as skills to apply that knowledge in innovative ways. A
reinvigorated master's degree in the natural sciences can answer the
demand for such science professionals and help ensure that the U.S. has
the work force it needs to stay competitive."
- Synchrotron Radiation: The Department of Energy is constructing a new National
Synchrotron Light Source(NSLS II) at Brookhaven Laboratory (BNL). This track is coordinated with the needs of NSLS II, and many of
our graduates may find attractive job opportunities there. Students in this track should take "Applications of
Synchrotron Radiation". Fellowships for tuition and stipend are available
- Accelerator Physics: This track is for students interested in accelerator instrumentation and the operation of particle accelerators. Stony Brook and BNL scientists involved in the new Center for Accelerator Science and Education (CASE) will offer training through lecture courses, laboratory practice and experiments on accelerators. Students on this track are required to take "Introduction to Accelerator Physics". Fellowships for tuition and stipend are available from CASE or from BNL.