In this online engineering specialization, you will master sensor and motor theory and program these devices in a microprocessor system. You will complete courses in sensors and sensor circuit design; motors and motor control circuits; pressure, force, motion, and humidity sensors; and sensors and PID control.

By completing this specialization, you will be able to:

  • Study a lab experiment or production process and understand how to specify the proper sensor solution for taking real-time process data
  • Implement the sensor into an embedded system in both hardware and software
  • Modify existing hardware schematic to add sensors and all support circuitry needed to implement the signal chain in an existing microprocessor system
  • Create hardware and firmware to process the sensor signal and feed data to a microprocessor for further evaluation


  • Sensors & Sensor Circuit Design
  • Motors & Motor Control Circuits
  • Pressure, Force, Motion & Humidity Sensors
  • Sensor Manufacturing & Process Control

This specialization can be taken for academic credit as part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MS-EE) degree offered on the Coursera platform. The MS-EE is an affordable, global master's program powered by you. Learn more about the MS-EE program.

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