Montana State University

CHMY 591-802: Environmental Measurement: Sensors & Electronics

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Jun 17-Aug 16, 2013
Credit: 3 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $955.05
Cost includes all required materials and NSTA members reveive a 10% discount on the tuition..
Instructor(s): Timothy L. Sorey

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Course Description

Chemists and scientists in other fields can profit from an understanding of the electronic principles involved in the use of common environmental sensors--sensors for measurement of light, high resolution measurement of temperature, colorimetery, turbidity, and thermocouple high temperature measurements--and the simple electronic circuits that support them. These circuits are also suitable for pH and pressure measurements. This course's "hands-on" approach introduces digital voltmeters and simple DC circuits, operational amplifiers, basic principles of digital logic and counting circuits, and analog-to-digital conversion.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers login to the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week spending 10 - 15 hours each week, either online or offline while the course is in session, to stay current and successfully complete this intensive 3 credit graduate level course.


Timothy L. Sorey, PhD. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Science Education
Central Washington University


Introductory physics and general chemistry courses. No experience in electronics is required.

Target Audience

The course is designed primarily for Certified Science Teachers, with at least two years of teaching experience, seeking graduate credit in Chemistry.

Time Commitment:

10-15 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $145.50
 Computer Fee$10.05
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

The Program Fee includes $120 for manual/materials and equipment; the initial shipping of materials and equipment to registered participants; and the maintenance and repair of equipment upon it's return to NTEN following the conclusion of the course. Please note that the equipment must be returned to NTEN immediately following the conclusion of the course and that return shipping and cost is the responsibility of course participants. All course participants will be required to have the laboratory equipment to participate in this course.
NSTA Members are eligible to receive a 10% discount on the tuition. Enter your NSTA Membership Number when you are asked for it on the registration form.

Required Books/Materials

  • Text and required laboratory materials for the course will be provided by Montana State University. Please note that the equipment must be returned to NTEN immediately following the conclusion of the course and that return shipping and cost is the responsibility of course participants.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

contact Dr. Timothy L. Sorey at SoreyT@cwu.EDU

How to Register

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