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Uncover universal mysteries and venture into the uncharted territories of microscopic science. Learn microscopy with online courses delivered through edX.

What is microscopy?

Microscopy is the science of using microscopes, enabling exploration into the hidden worlds within the tiniest of objects. It encompasses three primary types: optical, electron, and scanning electron microscopy.Footnote 1

  • Optical microscopes, often called light microscopes, harness visible light to magnify objects and are commonly used in cell biology and microbiology.

  • Electron microscopes elevate precision to a nanoscale level by employing electron beams. This category includes transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), which reveals intricate 3D structures.

  • Scanning electron microscopes excel in surface analysis by utilizing a minute probe to navigate specimen surfaces and uncover minute details.

Embracing the evolving field of microscopy grants researchers access to clearer and finer image resolutions, allowing for an in-depth understanding of the fundamental basis of our universe. Whether uncovering the mysteries of cellular biology or peering into the depths of the nanoworld, microscopy opens the door to the uncharted territories of science.

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Microscopy course curriculum

A course in microscopy can cover a wide range of topics and practical skills related to the use of microscopes and analysis of microscopic specimens. Topics that may be covered in an online course include:

  • Introduction to microscopy: Delve into the history of microscopy and its importance in various scientific fields.

  • Types of microscopes: Learn about different types of microscopes, including optical, electron, and scanning probe microscopes, and their applications.

  • Microscopy techniques: Explore various microscopy techniques, such as brightfield microscopy, phase-contrast microscopy, fluorescence microscopy, and more.

  • Microscopy imaging: Discover image acquisition and processing, emphasizing techniques to enhance image quality and clarity.

  • Microscopy in research: Examine the role of microscopy in scientific research and its contributions to various discoveries.

Learning microscopy can supplement your knowledge in interrelated fields of science. edX offers a variety of educational opportunities for learners interested in studying these topics, as well as a host of other disciplines. A boot camp can provide flexible hands-on learning for those who want to upskill quickly, while executive education courses are designed for busy professionals. You can also pursue a more comprehensive curriculum in a executive education courses or, for more advanced learners, a master’s degree program. Find the right learning path for you.

Explore careers in microscopy

In a microscopy career, the world of the unseen becomes a canvas for scientific discovery. With education and expertise, professional positions that you may qualify for include:

  • Microbiologist: Studies microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, using microscopy to investigate their structures and behaviors. 

  • Pathologist: Examines tissue samples and diagnoses diseases.

  • Medical laboratory technician: Performs various laboratory tests using microscopes to analyze blood, urine, and other bodily fluids for diagnostic purposes in healthcare settings.

  • Materials scientist: Studies the properties and structures of materials, helping in the development of new materials for industries like electronics, aerospace, and manufacturing.

  • Pharmaceutical researcher: Analyzes drug formulations, studies cellular interactions, and develops new medications.

  • Quality control analyst: Inspects products to ensure they meet safety and quality standards.

  • Environmental scientist: Analyzes soil, water, and air samples for pollutants and microorganisms, contributing to environmental protection and conservation.

These career paths showcase the versatility and significance of microscopy in various industries and scientific disciplines. Are you ready to advance your professional development? Find the perfect course for you with edX.