Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Microscopy: CP (CTE)

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Certificate of Proficiency | 20 credits minimum

Natural Sciences and Engineering Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus SI 345
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4150
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Dean - Peter Iles
Professor − Holly Moore
Assistant Professors − James Smith, Wesley Sanders

Program Description
The Microscopy Certificate of Proficiency Program will provide students with skills in basic optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopy techniques.  Electron and scanning probe microscopes are powerful tools designed to generate topographical images and data on a wide variety of micro -and nanoscale materials.  These microscopes are used in a multitude of academic and industrial endeavors across many scientific disciplines.  This two-year certification program is comprised of coursework with a substantial hands-on component.  Students who complete the program will be proficient in basic optical microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, electron microscopy, chemical characterization (x-ray/EDS), electrical characterization, image processing, interpretation of microscope data, and presentation of observations. The application of microscopy is an important component of numerous economic fields including but not limited to; semiconductors, materials science, metallurgy, engineering, environmental studies, medicine, manufacturing, and nanotechnology. This certificate is meant to be a stackable credential, meaning students can use the knowledge and technical skills acquired to enhance their chosen field of study or employment.

Career Opportunities
Students completing the Microscopy Certificate of Proficiency program will be highly qualified for most entry-level lab assistant positions or technician positions in a variety of fields. Microscopy related employment is available in fields such as materials research, medical diagnostic, life sciences research, product development, quality assurance, failure analysis, and process optimization. Potential lab assistant and technician entry level positions for students who complete the program are found in government, academic, and industrial institutions.  

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Program/course fees: $100 Lab fees for each individual microscopy course (electron microscopy, scanning probe microscopy, and optical microscopy). Additional chemistry and elective course fees may apply.

Estimated Time to Completion
Part-time: Four semesters 

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Students will learn how to characterize micro and nanoscale structures using Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy, and Transmission Electron Microscopy. Additionally, students will learn how to analyze nanoscale materials using energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and UV-VIS spectroscopy.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Students will demonstrate their ability to deposit micro and nanoscale structures utilizing stamping lithography, imprint lithography, and self-assembly of alkanethiol molecules. Students will subsequently demonstrate their ability to use the AFM, SEM, TEM, and spectroscopic techniques to analyze their sample.

1, 3, 4

Students will understand the chemical and physical phenomena associated with the following fabrication techniques; top-down fabrication, sputter, physical vapor deposition systems, plasma, and chemical materials modification.

1, 3, 4

Students will develop a professional decorum that is transferable to an industrial or academic nanofabrication lab by conducting presentations in associated microscopy course work. Preparation for the presentation involves; research skills, presentation skills, and technical reporting and documentation.

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Graduation Map

  • Microscopy CP: Part-time  

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to satisfy requirements of first semester classes should plan on extra time to complete the program. Participating students are responsible for being cognizant of prerequisites required for associated classes. Required prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class is taken.

Certificate of Proficiency not eligible for Financial Aid.

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