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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.

Details

Field of Interest
Applied Technology
Degree Type
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Nanotechnology (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3168
Total credits required
63-66
Catalog Year
2022-2023
Effective Term
Fall 2022
Notes

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

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Apply ethical and professional standards within the field of micro-and nanotechnology.
  2. Compare and contrast various types of patterning processes.
  3. Compare and contrast nanotechnology manufacturing processes.
  4. Compare and contrast product and research trends in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
  5. Describe manufacturing concerns in the nanotechnology industry.
  6. Examine safety procedures and equipment used in the nanotechnology industry.
  7. Compare and contrast classification procedures for materials in the nanotechnology industry.
  8. Explain properties of colloids and self-assembly materials.
  9. Explain photoresist applications.
  10. Describe photolithography techniques, technology, and tools.
  11. Review characterization tools and techniques for nanotechnology structure and materials.
  12. Compare and contrast types of electron beam characterization tools and procedures.
  13. Examine applications for nanotechnology in the health science, energy, manufacturing, electronics, food, and environmental industries.
  14. Examine tools and processes for advanced Scanning Probe Microscopy (SPM).

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Calibration Technologists and Technicians

$75,800

Calibration Technologists and Technicians and Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other

$54,880

Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other

$60,220

Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians

$61,950

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2021.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MNT110 Nanotechnology: What It Is and Why It Matters Critical course Gateway course 3
MNT120 Introduction to Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) 3
MAT150 or
MAT151 or
MAT152 or
MAT155 or
MAT156 or
MAT182 or
MAT187
College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions or College Algebra/Functions with Review or College Algebra/Functions with Review or Plane Trigonometry or Precalculus OR Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course MA 3–6
FYE101 or
FYE103
Introduction to College, Career and Personal Success or Exploration of College, Career and Personal Success 1–3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MNT130 Introduction to Light and Lasers 4
MNT140 Careers and Professional Skills in Nanotechnology 1
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0–3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MNT201 Materials, Safety, and Equipment for Nanotechnology 3
MNT215 Micro and Nano Fabrication Tools and Techniques 3
RE Restricted Electives 3–5

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MNT225 Material Properties and Effects of Size 3
MNT235 Nanotechnology Characterization Tools and Techniques 3
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry SQ 3
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory SQ 1
RE Restricted Electives 2–3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MNT245 Advanced Topics in Light and Lasers 3
RE Restricted Electives 2–4
COM100 Introduction to Human Communication SB 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ECN212 Microeconomic Principles SB 3
RE Restricted Electives 2
HIS+++ Any HIS History course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area HIS102 recommended 3

Restricted Electives

A list of additional, alternative, or supplemental courses for this pathway map
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BPC110 or
CIS105
Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems CS 3
ECE102 Engineering Analysis Tools and Techniques 2
ECE103 Engineering Problem Solving and Design 2
PHY111 General Physics I SQ 4
CIS+++ Any CIS Computer Information Systems course 1–8
CSC+++ Any CSC Computer Science course 1–8
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Nanotechnology (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=174845).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.