Nanotechnology Certificate

The nanotechnology certificate program adds well onto other degree programs requiring a year of physics background, making it more flexible than the offerings of other institutions. It provides you with the technical expertise and theoretical understanding to manipulate matter at the nanometer length scale.

What Will I Learn?

Physics looks into the “how” and “why” of everything in the universe, but nanotechnology concentrates on the physics of small numbers of atoms designed to work toward a specific purpose. This program builds on modern physics to understand how clusters of atoms can be engineered to produce specific behaviors and properties, making new classes of machines and materials. It teaches the theory behind the devices and the practice of how to make them.

What are the requirements for this degree?

The program requires 30 credits.


What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

You may be employed by government or industry in technical areas of microelectronics or micromachining (or, increasingly, nanotechnology).

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

The certificate program has one summer term at the Nanofabrication Facility of Penn State. Because of this timing, it should not delay your graduation.