Concentration in Nanotechnology

Research of matter on an atomic and molecular scale is expanding in virtually all areas of engineering. The Nanotechnology concentration is designed for undergraduate engineering students to obtain foundational knowledge of the effects and applications of nanotechnology and position them for future careers in the nanotechnology field. The required courses will provide an introduction to nanotechnology, and examine how engineering works on scales as small as millionths of a millimeter. Students will explore the foundations of quantum mechanics, atomic structure and the physics of molecules and solids. The multi-disciplinary elective courses will include different approaches to biomedical engineering on the cellular and sub-cellular level; behavior of materials at atomic levels; micro-electrical mechanical devices and systems (MEMS); and photonics and fiber-optic communication. As nanotechnology expands in all fields of engineering, students entering the work force with a strong knowledge base position themselves to be future leaders the nanotechnology industry.

The 16-credit concentration is available to all undergraduate engineering students. The concentration is noted on students’ official transcripts and will expose students to the emergence of nanotechnology and its effects on biomedical, photonic, electronic and atomic systems.

It is recommended that students interested in pursuing a Concentration in Nanotechnology declare their concentration as early as possible in their degree program in order to facilitate course planning, but in no case later than May 1 of a student’s junior year. Course requirements are found below, in addition to details regarding the required experience component.

Concentration requirements:
1. A sequence of four courses (16 cr) consisting of the required course (4 credits) listed below and three additional courses (12 credits) chosen from the list of additional courses below.

Required course:
ENG EK 481 – Fundamentals of Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology – 4 cr

Additional Courses: (Choose three)
CAS PY 313* – Elementary Modern Physics – 4 cr (see  below)
ENG EK 424* – Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics – 4 cr (see below)
ENG BE 437 – Nano-meter Scale Processes in Living Systems – 4 cr
ENG BE 505 – Molecular Bioengineering – 4 cr
ENG BE 526 – Fundamentals of Biomaterials – 4 cr
ENG BE 555 / EC 555 – Introduction to Biomedical Optics – 4 cr
ENG BE 564 – Biophysics of Large Molecules – 4 cr
ENG BE 566 – DNA Structure & Function – 4 cr
ENG EC 471 – Physics of Semiconductor Devices – 4 cr
ENG EC 560 – Introduction to Photonics – 4 cr
ENG EC 571 – VLSI Principles and Applications – 4 cr
ENG EC 574 – Physics of Semiconductor Materials – 4 cr
ENG EC 577 / MS 577 – Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials – 4 cr
ENG EC 578 – Fabrication Technology for Integrated Circuits – 4 cr
ENG ME 526 / MS 526 – Simulation of Physical Processes – 4 cr
ENG ME 532 / MS 532 – Atomic Structure and Dislocations in Materials– 4 cr
ENG ME 555 / MS 555 – MEMS: Fabrication and Materials– 4 cr
ENG ME 579 / EC 579 – Nano/Microelectronic Device Technology – 4 cr
GRS CH 629 – DNA Nanotechnology – 4 cr
CAS PY 543 – Introduction to Solid State Physics – 4 cr

* Students can take either CAS PY 313 OR ENG EK 424 as one of their three additional courses, but not both. Only one of these courses can be used toward the requirements for a Concentration in Nanotechnology.

These 700-level courses can be taken by more advanced students with permission of the instructor only:
ENG BE 705 – Single Molecule Approaches – 4 cr
ENG BE 745 – Nanomedicine – 4 cr
ENG EC 777 – Nano-optics – 4 cr
ENG ME 718 / MS 718 – Advanced Topics in Nanotechnology – 4 cr
ENG ME 778 / MS 778 – Micromachined Transducers – 4 cr

2. Experiential Component Requirement:

Completion of a well-defined experiential component in the nanotechnology area. A senior design project, laboratory research, or industrial internship can satisfy this requirement. Prior to proposing an experiential component, the student must have completed ENG EK 481 (in the event EK 481 is not offered, or is at capacity, the semester that a student requires it, they should speak to the concentration coordinator to seek a possible solution). This requirement along with a proposal, must be approved by the Concentration Coordinator and the Experiential Component. Approval form must be submitted to the Undergraduate Records Office prior to the start of the experience, to ensure that it will meet your requirements.
After its completion, a written summary of the experiential component must also be submitted for approval (see Experiential Component Approval form for more information).


Experiential Component Proposal
Experiential Component Summary
Experiential Component Instructions


Undergraduate Programs & Records Office: 617-353-6447 or
Concentration Coordinator: Prof. Keith A. Brown (