Spring 2023 Distance Education Course Schedule

Preregistration and registration information is available on the Distance Education Course Registration page.

Class Dates: January 9–May 5

  • All classes video streamed and archived for review
  • All courses available for credit or audit

Tuition Fee:

Tuition (including IT fee) is $3,021 for a 3-credit course.


In order to guarantee timely spring course enrollment:

  • All NEW nondegree student applications and application fees or resume study nondegree student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Friday, December 16.
  • All resume study DEGREE student requests must be completed with The Graduate School no later than 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, January 2.

Spring 2023 Distance Education Courses


ACS 514: Electroacoustic Transducers

Instructor: Dr. Stephen Thompson

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:05–10:20 AM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $3,021.00

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, basic linear circuit theory, differential equations, and complex numbers. Must have working knowledge of required software.

Course Material: This course covers derivation and discussion of the fundamental operating characteristics of transducers for acoustics and for vibration. Acoustic transducers will include microphones, loudspeakers, and underwater hydrophones and projectors.

Text: Instructor Notes

Software: MatLab (to request the free student license for MATHWORKS go to softwarerequest.psu.edu ), Octave, Python, MathCad, or Mathematica (student versions acceptable for all packages). Student must have a working knowledge of one of these software tools prior to taking this course.


ACS 515: Acoustics in Fluid Media

Instructor: Dr. Victor Sparrow

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 1:00–2:15 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $3,021.00

Recommended Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids, ACS 598E Engineering Mathematics I or equivalent, or instructor consent.

Course Material: This course focuses on acoustic radiation and scattering. Finite sources, superposition of simple sources, free space Green's functions, dipoles and quadrupoles, multipole expansion, Kirchhoff-Helmholtz integral theorem, Rayleigh integral, radiation and scattering from cylinders and spheres, diffraction, sound sources in ducts, cavities, and rooms, and reciprocity.

Texts: Acoustics: An Introduction to its Physical Principles and Applications, 3rd Ed., Allan D. Pierce, ASA Press/Springer, 2019. [free download from Penn State Library or E-textbook available through major booksellers]

Fundamentals of Physical Acoustics, Blackstock, David T., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2000.


ACS 597: Advanced Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Instructor: Dr. Karl Reichard

Class Time: Monday and Wednesday, 8:30–9:45 AM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $3,021.00

Prerequisite: ACS 597, Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibrations. NOTE: This course replaces ACS 513, Digital Signal Processing. Students may enroll in this course if they have not taken ACS 513. Students who have previously taken ACS 513 may not enroll in this course.

Course Material: This course is concerned with the time and frequency-domain analysis of discrete-time signals and discrete-time linear systems, with an emphasis on developing and applying analysis techniques with applications in acoustics and vibrations. Topics covered include: a review of time and frequency-domain representations of systems; the analysis and design of IIR and FIR digital filters; time-frequency analysis; signal detection and classification; and signal modulation. Possible application topics include vibration and modal analysis, machinery and structural health and condition monitoring, source localization and classification, and outdoor sound propagation.

Text: Instructor Notes

Text (Optional): Discrete-Time Signal Processing, 2nd Ed., Oppenheim, A.V., Schafer, R.W. & Buck, J.R., Prentice Hall. 1999.

Software: MatLab and MatLab Signal Processing Toolbox (to request the free student license for MATHWORKS go to softwarerequest.psu.edu ) or Octave. Student versions acceptable.


ACS 597: Advanced Architectural Acoustics

Instructor: Dr. Michelle Vigeant-Haas

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 3:05–4:20 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $3,021.00

Prerequisites: Class pre-requisites include some familiarity with basic acoustics. ACS 502 Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids or ACS 597B, Introduction to Acoustics and Fluid Media; or AE 458, Advanced Architectural Acoustics and Noise Control; or previous enrollment in an Acoustics course is desirable. Students are expected to be familiar with undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers.

Course Material: This course is an overview of recent developments in virtual acoustics (also known as 3-D sound, 3-D audio, binaural audio, or spatialized sound). The course pulls from many subdisciplines of acoustics including psychoacoustics, physical acoustics, signal processing, active acoustic control, architectural acoustics, audio engineering and computational acoustics. Topics covered include: Head related transfer functions (HRTFs); elements of psychoacoustics for 3-D sound; the "stereo dipole"; auralization (including reverberation effects); virtual acoustic systems; cross talk cancellation; Ambisonics; wave field synthesis; multi-channel audio; object-based audio for spatial sound, height channels and applications.

Text: Provided

Software: Demo version will be available.


ACS 597: Aeroacoustics and Aeroelasticity of Internal Flows

Instructor: Dr. Michael Krane

Class Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 4:35–5:50 PM ET

Credits: 3

Tuition: $3,021.00

Prerequisite: ACS 501, Elements of Acoustics and Vibration, ACS 502, Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids, ACS 503 Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration or instructor consent.

Course Material: This course will address aeroacoustics and aeroelasticity of internal flows in pipes with constrictions and compliant walls, with particular attention to the production of speech sounds. Topics covered will include an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the human speech mechanism, classification of speech sounds, review of the fundamental acoustics involved in speech production, aeroacoustic models of airway resonators, modeling air-flow through ducts, low frequency sound generation by jet flows, flow in pipes with moving-wall constrictions, and modeling of speech sound sources.  Learning will be facilitated by a semester-long project to write a MATLAB script that performs rudimentary articulatory synthesis of speech and/or singing. Coursework will include homework, a midterm and final, and the semester-long synthesis project.

Text: Instructor Notes

Software: MatLab (to request the free student license for MATHWORKS go to softwarerequest.psu.edu ).


Fall 2023 Distance Education Course Schedule

Class Dates: August 21-December 15

Tentative Course Offering

(course suggestions may be sent to acousticsde@psu.edu .)


ACS 501: Elements of Acoustics and Vibration

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers


ACS 502: Elements of Waves in Fluids

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and differential equations


ACS 503: Signal Analysis for Acoustics and Vibration

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics, differential equations and complex numbers


ACS 597: Advanced Transducers

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids, or instructor approval


ACS 597: Nonlinear Acoustics

Credits: 3

Prerequisite: ACS 502, Elements of Sound Waves in Fluids, or instructor approval

 
 

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Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program in Acoustics

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

201 Applied Science Building

University Park, PA 16802