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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Nanotechnology program is designed to provide students with the general principles and foundational skills in the nano/micro-fabrication industry and related manufacturing industries. Students will become familiar with nanotechnology processes, materials, and methods for characterization and fabrication. Product stewardship, occupational safety and health procedures are emphasized throughout the program. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Nanotechnology and Nanotechnology and Manufacturing are also available.


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Field of Interest: 
Applied Technology
Associate Degree
Academic Plan Code: 
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
Fall 2022
Academic Plan: 
Nanotechnology (DEG)

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
FYE101Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success (1) OR
FYE103Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success (3)1-3
MNT110Nanotechnology: What Is It and Why It Matters3
MNT120Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS)3
MNT130Introduction to Light and Lasers4
MNT140Careers and Professional Skills in Nanotechnology1
MNT201Materials, Safety, and Equipment for Nanotechnology3
MNT215Micro and Nano Fabrication Tools and Techniques3
MNT225Material Properties and Effects of Size3
MNT235Nanotechnology Characterization Tools and Techniques3
MNT245Advanced Topics in Light and Lasers3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
ECE102Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques2
ECE103Engineering Problem Solving and Design2
PHY111General Physics I4
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course1-8
CSC+++ Any CSC Computer Science course1-8
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0)0-3
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT150College Algebra/Functions (5) OR
MAT151College Algebra/Functions (4) OR
MAT152College Algebra/Functions (3) OR
MAT155College Algebra/Functions with Review (5) OR
MAT156College Algebra/Functions with Review (6) OR
MAT182Plane Trigonometry (3) OR
MAT187Precalculus (5) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course (3-4)3-6
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
HIS+++ Any HIS History course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area3
Recommend HIS102 History of Western Civilization 1789 to Present
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
ECN212Microeconomic Principles3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
CHM130Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LLFundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1)4
  • Apply ethical and professional standards within the field of micro-and nanotechnology. (FYE101, FYE103, MNT110, MNT120, MNT130, MNT140, MNT201, MNT215, MNT225, MNT235, MNT245)
  • Compare and contrast various types of patterning processes. (MNT110, MNT120, MNT130, MNT201, MNT215, MNT225)
  • Compare and contrast nanotechnology manufacturing processes. (MNT110, MNT120, MNT130, MNT215, MNT235)
  • Compare and contrast product and research trends in nanoscience and nanotechnology. (MNT110, MNT140, MNT215, MNT225, MNT235, MNT245)
  • Describe manufacturing concerns in the nanotechnology industry. (MNT110, MNT140, MNT225)
  • Examine safety procedures and equipment used in the nanotechnology industry. (MNT130, MNT201, MNT215, MNT225, MNT235, MNT245)
  • Compare and contrast classification procedures for materials in the nanotechnology industry. (MNT201, MNT225)
  • Explain properties of colloids and self-assembly materials. (MNT225)
  • Explain photoresist applications. (MNT225, MNT235)
  • Describe photolithography techniques, technology, and tools. (MNT235)
  • Review characterization tools and techniques for nanotechnology structure and materials. (MNT235, MNT245)
  • Compare and contrast types of electron beam characterization tools and procedures. (MNT235, MNT245)
  • Examine applications for nanotechnology in the health science, energy, manufacturing, electronics, food, and environmental industries. (MNT245)
  • Examine tools and processes for advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM). (MNT245)

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