Curriculum

Curriculum

The Master’s 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 School.

Requires 10 course units (CUs):

  • 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

In addition, students must attend and submit 1-page reports for four technical seminars offered by any of the relevant departments. Note that the selection of electives must meet the program requirements specified by the academic faculty committee. Not all combinations would be approved, but several typical combinations are illustrated under ‘sample curricula.’

Courses

Nanotechnology can be defined as application of the science of the very small. Sometimes, when things become very small, they are governed by new physics, such as quantum mechanics or non-continuum mechanics, that can lead to interesting and exploitable new behaviors that are difficult to observe on the macro scale. Sometimes, when things are small, they can be arranged into systems of remarkable spatial and functional complexity, even if their behavior is entirely governed by ‘ordinary’ macroscale physics. As just a few examples, innovations in medical diagnostics, therapeutics, communication systems, computation, consumer electronics, energy efficient lighting and display technology, and low power energy saving electronics rely on advances in nanotechnology.

In order to contribute to this dynamic field, a core knowledge that spans several academic disciplines is necessary. The Master’s 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.

 

Prerequisites for the below courses should be checked with the specific departments offering the courses.

COURSES PREREQUISITES*
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
COURSES PREREQUISITES
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
COURSES PREREQUISITES
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
COURSES PREREQUISITES
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
COURSES PREREQUISITES
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