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Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering Division   (650) 949-7259


Nanoscience 2017-2018

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Nanoscience is a field based on principles related to the behavior of matter at the atomic level in chemical, biological and mechanical systems. Students completing this program will demonstrate proficiency in operating state-of-the-art materials characterization and nanofabrication equipment. They will also be able to apply the concepts of nanoscience to advanced emerging technology fields including clean energy technology, biomedical devices and high performance materials.

Program Learning Outcomes:

• Students will apply foundational nanoscience principles to understanding and further learning about nanostructures, material properties, and engineering solutions, applying scientific literature, seminars, and webinars.
• Students will develop plausible approaches materials engineering solutions for industrial applications. These include applying characterization skills to elucidating structure, property relationships, process optimization and consistent material manufacturing.
• Students with internships and/or concurrent work experience will support fundamental research and development, process development, characterization (including quality assurance/quality control, failure analysis, etc.) and consistent/quality manufacturing practice in all sizes of high-technology firms.

Career Opportunities:

The Nanoscience program will provide an entry point to nanotechnology related careers, foundational learning in chemistry, biology, physics, math and engineering. This program prepares students for three career paths: a two-year degree program for technicians interested in the science, engineering and manufacturing of nanotechnologies, traditional engineering transfer students desiring a concentration in nanoscience and career development for working professionals.

Units required for Major: 45-50

Units required for Certificate: 10-30

Degree Requirements:

• English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, ESLL 26 or equivalent.
• Mathematics proficiency: MATH 17, 105, 108 or equivalent.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
• Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
• Core courses (10 units)
• Support courses (35-40 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

AS = Associate in Science Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.
CP = Certificate of Proficiency [Non-Transcriptable].

Additional Information:

Program Prerequisite:
CHEM 1A General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1AH Honors General Chemistry (5 units)

Core Courses (10 units)

NANO 10 Introduction to Nanotechnology (5 units)
NANO 51 Applications of Nanotechnology (5 units)

Support Courses (35-40 units)


Select ONE option from the following:

Nanoscience Transfer Option (40 units)
CHEM 1B General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1BH Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 1C General Chemistry & Qualitative Analysis (5 units)
MATH 1A Calculus (5 units)
or MATH 1AH Honors Calculus I (5 units)
MATH 1B Calculus (5 units)
MATH 1C Calculus (5 units)
And 15 units from the following:
BIOL 1A Principles of Cell Biology (6 units)
BIOL 1D Introduction to Molecular Genetics (4 units)
ENGR 45 Properties of Materials (5 units)
NANO 52 Nanomaterials & Nanostructures (5 units)
NANO 53 Nanomaterials Characterization (5 units)
NANO 54 Nanofabrication Tools & Process (5 units)

Nanoscience Workforce Option (35 units)
NANO 52 Nanomaterials & Nanostructures (5 units)
NANO 53 Nanomaterials Characterization (5 units)
NANO 54 Nanofabrication Tools & Process (5 units)
NANO 62 Nanomaterials Engineering: Structures, Processing & Characterization (5 units)
PHYS 2A* General Physics (5 units)
PHYS 2B General Physics (5 units)
PHYS 2C General Physics (5 units)
* PHYS 2A is recommended if the student is preparing to transfer to a four-year institution.

Certificate of Achievement in Nanoscience (30 Units)

The minimum proficiency requirements for this certificate are ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26, and MATH 17, 105 or 108 completed with a letter grade of “C” or better.

CHEM 1A* General Chemistry (5 units)
or CHEM 1AH* Honors General Chemistry (5 units)
or equivalent course
NANO 10 Introduction to Nanotechnology (5 units)
NANO 51 Applications of Nanotechnology (5 units)
NANO 52 Nanomaterials & Nanostructures (5 units)
NANO 53 Nanomaterials Characterization (5 units)
NANO 54 Nanofabrication Tools & Process (5 units)

* CHEM 1A or 1AH is a prerequisite for the remaining courses in this certificate.

Nanocharacterization Certificate of Proficiency (15 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

The minimum proficiency requirements for this certificate are ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26, and MATH 17, 105 or 108 completed with a letter grade of “C” or better.

NANO 51 Applications of Nanotechnology (5 units)
or NANO 10 Introduction to Nanotechnology (5 units)
NANO 52 Nanomaterials & Nanostructures (5 units)
NANO 53 Nanomaterials Characterization (5 units)

Nanofabrication Certificate of Proficiency (15 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

The minimum proficiency requirements for this certificate are ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T or ESLL 26, and MATH 17, 105 or 108 completed with a letter grade of “C” or better.

NANO 51 Applications of Nanotechnology (5 units)
or NANO 10 Introduction to Nanotechnology (5 units)
NANO 52 Nanomaterials & Nanostructures (5 units)
NANO 54 Nanofabrication Tools & Process (5 units)

Nanostructures Certificate of Proficiency (10 Units) [Non-Transcriptable]

NANO 51 Applications of Nanotechnology (5 units)
or NANO 10 Introduction to Nanotechnology (5 units)
NANO 62 Nanomaterials Engineering: Structures, Processing & Characterization (5 units)


Control Information:
2017-2018 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2017-04-12 13:26:13 | Dept Code: NANO

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