Program Coordinator: John Baliga, 847-635-1584, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nanotechnology is the process of engineering at the molecular scale to create new properties that have the potential to impact every sector of our economy, from health and medicine to energy. The field plays a critical role in biology, chemistry, engineering, medicine, and physics – from building microprocessors and delivering anti-cancer drugs efficiently to making clothes more stain resistant and improving sunscreen absorption. The 15 hour Nanotechnology Concentration provides students with hands-on experience with atomic and electron microscopes, nanoanalysis tools, and fluorescent scopes that enhance 3-D imaging. After completing PHY 140 “Fundamentals of Nanotechnology I”, students take additional courses in biology, chemistry, earth science and physics to learn about the potential application of nanoscience in manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, and industrial research and development.
Nanotechnology Concentration Requirements
- Required courses – 4 credit hours
- PHY 140 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology I , 4 credit hours
- Elective options – minimum of 11 credit hours
- BIO 121 General College Biology I, 4 credit hours
- BIO 251 Microbiology, 4 credit hours
- CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II, 4 credit hours
- EAS 121 Physical Geography, 3 credit hours
- PHY 141 Fundamentals of Nanotechnology II, 4 credit hours
- PHY 222 General Physics II, 5 credit hours
- PHY 223 Modern Physics, 4 credit hours
Students meeting the requirements for the concentration will have a notation added to their transcript indicating successful completion. In order to receive this notation, students must complete a Nanotechnology Concentration Completion Form and meet with the Nanotechnology Coordinator.
Concentration Learning Outcomes
- Work effectively in teams of various sizes.
- Summarize information through written or oral communication.
- Describe the nanoscale by various methods such as analogy, mathematical expression (decimal or exponential) and by sizes of representative materials and systems.
- Describe the relative importance of properties, interactions and forces at the macro, micro and nano scale.
- Use scientific notation to represent large and small numeric values.
- Analyze data gathered during experimental methods using descriptive statistical metrics such as mean and standard deviation or variance.
- Describe interactions, causes, and constraints between biological and non-biological systems (hydrophilic/hydrophobic, tension, adhesion etc.)
- Describe atomic structure and bonding and outline their importance at the nanoscale.