327 Vincent Science Hall
Metrology is the science of measurement. Metrologists develop and evaluate calibration
systems that measure characteristics of physical objects, substances, or phenomena.
Quantities measured include mass, length, time, temperature, electric current,
luminous intensity, and other derived units of physical or chemical measure. Metrologists
also develop calibration methods and techniques based on the techniques of measurement
science, technical analysis of measurement problems, and accuracy and precision
requirements. Metrologists are typically employed in research laboratories, government
agencies, the military, and private industry.
Slippery Rock University and Butler County Community College offer a joint cooperative
program in Metrology and Physics. This cooperative program has the following major
- To provide cooperatively a general education in a liberal arts institution, as
well as technical education in a specialized school for each student enrolled
so that through four years of study, a student may complete what otherwise could
require five or more years.
- To allow those qualified students to receive both a liberal and technical education
at relatively low costs and, in so doing, provide the Commonwealth and the Nation
with more broadly educated scientists.
Students can choose from two programs offered. Butler County Community College
students enrolled in the metrology program can complete their AAS. degree and
then transfer to Slippery Rock University in order to complete a BS or BA degree
in physics. For the typical student, this transfer will comprise a 2-2 program,
with two years spent at Butler County Community College and two years at Slippery
Rock University. Students successfully completing this program will be awarded
two degrees. Slippery Rock University students enrolled in the BA degree physics
program can complete their undergraduate studies in the metrology program at Butler
County Community College. For a typical student, this transfer will comprise a
3-1 program, with three years spent at Slippery Rock University and one year at
Butler County Community College. Students successfully completing this program
will be awarded two degrees: a BA in physics from Slippery Rock University and
an AAS in metrology from Butler County Community College.
Specific plans of study and other metrology program details can be obtained by
contacting the chair of the physics department in room 327 Vincent Science Hall.