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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jan 29, 2023
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Nanoscience and Engineering Undergraduate Certificate

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Advances in nanoscience and nanotechnology (the ability to predict, create, and design with nanoscale materials and systems) are expected to reveal new physical phenomena and to enable the creation of highly desirable products and devices, in addition to revolutionary changes in industrial practice. Strength in nanoscience and nanotechnology has been identified as the nation’s future competitiveness and prosperity, and strategic plans have been developed to accelerate nanoscience research and development, encourage knowledge transfer to spur economic growth, and expand educational programs and workforce training - all in a socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable manner.

Nanoscience and nanotechnology also has had a large and rapidly growing local impact. The Pittsburgh region is home to a number of corporations, including many smaller start-up companies, with major nanotechnology components to their businesses. The continued success of companies such as PPG, Seagate, Bayer, Alcoa, Plextronics, Westinghouse, Bettis, and II-VI will depend on their ability to recruit local engineering talent with the required background in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The continued development of nanotechnology-based entrepreneurial start-ups will depend in large part on a vibrant pool of young engineers and scientists with appropriate educational experience in nanoscience and nanotechnology.

This joint certificate, housed in both the Swanson School of Engineering (SSOE) and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences (Dietrich School) enables BS students from both schools to complement their education by completing a fivecourse sequence. The certificate is designed to be combined with coursework in any SSOE degree-granting program, or with chemistry and physics in the Dietrich School.

The course requirements for this certificate follow.

Required courses

This course has prerequisites.

Additional information and requirements

  • No more than six credits of coursework may overlap between the reuirements for this certificate and a major in Physic and Astronomy or in Chemistry.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in each course that counts toward the certificate.
  • No course that counts toward this certificate may be taken on an S/NC basis.
  • For more information about this certificate, Dietrich School students should contact the departmental advisor in Physics and Astronomy.

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