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Nanotechnology is the interdisciplinary field that enables advances in almost every technology sector.  Innovations in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, communication systems, computation, consumer electronics, energy efficient lighting and display technology, low power energy saving electronics, etc. rely on advances in nanotechnology.  In order to contribute to this dynamic field, a core knowledge that spans several academic disciplines is necessary.  The Masters Degree in Nanotechnology prepares students for this profession with a solid foundation in the three technical core areas:  Nanofabrication, Devices and Properties, and Biotechnology; as well as Commercialization, and Societal Impacts of Technology.   Courses are offered by the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the Wharton Business School.

Requires 10 course units (cu’s);

Two required core courses
Two from Synthesis, Materials and NanoFabrication
Two recommended from Behavior, Properties, and Devices
Two from Biology and Biotechnology
Two from Technology Management and Commercialization
Electives Approved by the Director

Attends four (4) seminars relating to nanoscale science and technology, evidenced by submission of a paragraph describing each. Seminars must be formally sponsored by departments or centers at Penn. (Be sure to include the date, sponsoring department/center, title, presenter, and a summary.) Email to

* Please double check the pre-requisites with the individual departments.

Required Core (2 cu’s)
EAS 504: Fundamental Concepts in Nanotechnology  
ESE/MSE 525: Nanoscale Science and Technology BS degree is materials science, electrical engineering, or physics.  Must have an good knowledge of quantum mechanics
Behavior, Properties, and Devices ( 2 CU's) 
BE 583: Molecular Imaging BIOL 215 or BE 305 or permission of the instructor
CBE 525: Molecular Modeling and Simulations CBE 231 or 618 or equivalent background in physical chemistry
CBE 545: Electrochemical Energy Conversion and Storage Introductory chemistry and an undergraduate course in thermodynamics (e.g. CBE 231, MEAM 203)
CBE 640 / MEAM 570: Transport Processes I            Undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer
CHEM 521: Statistical Mechanics I CHEM 222, CHEM 221, PHYS 151.
EAS 501: Energy and Its Impacts  
EAS 502: Renewable Energy and Its Impacts  
EAS 503: Energy Systems and Policy.  
ESE 521: Semiconductor Device Physics & Technology ESE 218, PHYS 240, MSE 222, or equivalent
ESE/MEAM 529: Introduction to MEMS and NEMS  
MEAM 502: Energy Engineering       MEAM 203 or equivalent, and MEAM 333 or equivalent (could be taken concurrently with MEAM 402)
Behavior, Properties, and Devices ( 2 CU's)
MEAM 504: Tribology Permission of Instructor
MEAM 522: Fundamentals of Sensor Technology  
MEAM 527: Finite Element Analysis MATH 241 or ENM 251 and PHYS 151
MEAM 550: Design of Microeletromechanical Systems MEAM 354 or equivalent
MEAM 570: Transport Processes I  
MEAM 572: Micro/Nanoscale Energy Transfer Undergraduate thermodynamics and heat transfer (or equivalent), or permission of the instructor.
MEAM 575: Micro and Nano Fluidics.  
MEAM 663: Entropic Forces in Biomechanics  
MEAM/MSE 505: Mechanical Properties of Macro/Nanoscale Materials  
MEAM/MSE 537: Nanomechanics and Nanotribology at Interfaces Freshman physics; MEAM 354 or equivalent
MSE 545: Materials for Energy Storage and Generation  
MSE 570: Physics of Materials BS in materials science, electrical engineering, or physics.  Must have a good knowledge of quantum mechanics
MSE 571: Physics of Materials II MSE 570
PHYS 511: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I PHYS 150 or 170, 240 or 250, and MATH 241
PHYS 518: Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics Undergraduate training in quantum mechanics and statistical thermodynamics
PHYS 564: Laboratory Electronics PHYS 151 or 171
Synthesis, Materials and Nano Fabrication (2 CU’s)
CBE 510: Polymer Engineering  
CBE 511: Physical Chemistry of Polymers and Amphilphiles Undergraduate-level Thermodynamics or Physical Chemistry
CBE 535: Interfacial Phenomenon  
CBE 546: Fundamental Industrial Catalytic Processes  
CHEM 523: Quantum Chemistry I CHEM 222
ESE 574/MEAM 564:            The Principles and Practice of Microfabrication Technology ESE 218, MSE 321, MEAM 333, CHE 351, CHEM 321/322, OR Phys 250
MEAM 553/MSE 561: Atomistic Modeling in Materials Science  
MSE 520: Structure of Materials BS in materials science
MSE 565: Fabrication and Characterization of Devices Micro and Nanostructured Devices BS in a physical engineering field, chemistry or physics
MSE 580: Polymers and Biomaterials  
PHYS 528: Introduction to Liquid Crystals   
Biology and Biotechnology (2 CU’s)
BE 505: Quantitative Human Physiology BE 305
BE/CBE 540: Biomolecular and Cellular Engineering  
BE/CBE 552: Cellular Engineering Math through 241; BE 350, BE 324 as pre- or co-requisites.  Molecular & cellular biology
BE/CBE 554: Engineering Biotechnology  
BE/CBE/MEAM 555: Nanoscale Systems Biology Background in Biology, Chemistry or Engineering with coursework in thermodynamics or permission of the instructor
BE/CBE/MEAM 562: Drug Discovery and Development    
BE 650: Advanced Biomedical Imaging Application  
BIOL/CAMB/MOLB 526: Experimental Principles in Cell and Molecular Biology  
CBE 560: Biomolecular Engineering  
CHEM 451: Biological Chemistry I CHEM 242, 221 may be concurrent, and 251
CHEM 559: Biomolecular Imaging  
CHEM 567: Bio-inorganic Chemistry  
PHYS/BCHE/BMB 580: Biological Physics PHYS 401 or CHEM 221-222 may be taken concurrently; or familiarity with basic statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Recommended: Basic background in chemistry and biology
Technology Management and Commercialization (2 CU’s)
BE 502: Lab to Marketplace Instructor Permission
BEPP/LGST 621: The Governmental and Legal Environment of Business (0.5 CU)  
BEPP/OPIM 761: Risk Management and Environmental Management  
EAS 545: Engineering Entrepreneurship I  
EAS 546: Engineering Entrepreneurship II EAS 545
EAS 548: High-Tech Venture Development EAS 548
EAS 591: Leading Technology Teams (0.5 CU)  
EAS 595: Foundations of Leadership  
ESE 540: Engineering Economics  
ESE 544: Project Management           ESE 304
IPD 515: Product Design        
IPD 549: Product Development/Entrepreneurial Ventures  
LGST 815: Environmental Management Law and Policy)  
MGMT 731: Technology Strategy Management (0.5 CU)  
MGMT 802: Innovation, Change & Entrepreneurship Management (0.5 CU) Wharton MBA students
MGMT 804: Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Management (0.5 CU) MGMT 801 recommended
MKTG 753: New Product Development (0.5 CU) Completion of MKTG 621; MKTG 622 concurrently; completion of MKTG 756 is helpful.
MKTG 755: Advertising Management (Fall, Spring)  (0.5 CU) Completion of MKTG 621; MKTG 622 concurrently.
MKTG 756  Marketing Research (Fall, Spring) Completion of MKTG 621; MKTG 622 concurrently; STAT 621 is strongly recommended.
OPIM  631: Operations Management (0.5 CU)  
OPIM 651: Innovation, Problem Solving, & Design (0.5 CU)  
OPIM 654: Product Design & Development (0.5 CU)  
STSC/HSSC: Societal Implications of Science and Technology  
Free Elective – Program Director Approval Required
NANO 597: Master’s Thesis Research (2 semesters, 2 cu)  
NANO 599: Independent Research  
Seminar Summaries – Submit Four (4) seminars BEFORE end of classes of your last semester