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University of Pittsburgh    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jan 30, 2023
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Nanotechnology Concentration Physics/Materials Emphasis


Nanotechnology prepares students for engineering practice based on a curriculum designed to develop an understanding of the effect of nanoscale dimensions on the physical behavior of materials, systems, and devices (nanocharacterization and nanometrology), as well as knowledge of processes used to fabricate useful nanoscale materials, systems, and devices (nanomanufacturing). Students take courses in modern physics or chemistry, materials engineering or bioengineering, nanotechnology and nanoscience, fabrication and design in nanotechnology and the materials science of nanostructures. The curriculum culminates with program electives and a two-term Senior Design sequence. Senior Design builds on the knowledge gained in coursework and emphasizes independent and/or team problem solving under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Nanotechnology has two curricular options, one emphasizing Physics and Materials Science and the other Chemistry and Bioengineering.

Area of Concentration: Nanotechnology

Sample Curriculum for Physics/Materials Emphasis

Credits: 17

Credits: 15

Credits: 18

Credits: 16

Seventh Term

Credits: 15

Eighth Term

Credits: 15

Total Credits: 131

Upper Level Physics: Physics courses with course numbers > 1000

At least one senior design course offered by one of the other SSOE engineering programs is required; the second course may be a senior project arranged with a faculty mentor and taken as ENGSCI 1801 - ENGINEERING DESIGN 1  or ENGR 1050 - PRODUCT REALIZATION . Students wishing to complete a two-term project with a faculty mentor may request approval for the second term to count as a program elective (ENGSCI 1802 - ENGINEERING DESIGN 2 ).

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