Minor in Nanoscience


Application Form

The Minor in Nanoscience requires the completion of at least two units of course work in the topical areas described below: (a,b)  

Students planning the minor should contact Professor Burnham in the Physics Department.  

1. Structure of Molecules.   At least one course (1/3 unit) in organic, inorganic, or physical chemistry.  

2. Function of Molecules. At least one course (1/3 unit) selected from the following list:    


BB 1035  Introduction to Biotechnology
BB 2550  Cell Biology
BB 2920  Genetics


3. Quantum Properties of Matter. At least one course (1/3 unit) selected from the following:    


CH 3530   Quantum Chemistry
PH 1130  Modern Physics
PH 2501 or 2502  Photonics or Lasers
 PH 3401 or 3402  Quantum Mechanics


4. Atomic Properties of Matter. At least one course (1/3 unit) selected from the following list:    


 ES 2001  Introduction to Material Science
 ME 4875  Introduction to Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
 PH 3502  Solid State Physics


5. Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization. (No minimum number of required courses.)    


 CHE/ME 2301  Nanobiotechnology Laboratory Experience
 PH 2510  Atomic Force Microscopy


6. Interdisciplinary Capstone Experience in Nanoscience (1/3 unit).   The capstone experience for the nanoscience minor can be satisfied either by i) an independent study arranged for this purpose as the sixth course in the sequence, or ii) a small project during an existing course, also as the sixth course in the sequence.(c)  

If the second option is chosen, the student must arrange an interdisciplinary capstone experience with the instructor prior to the start of the course, and the instructor must agree to advise it. In either case, documentation of the capstone is required, prepared in consultation with the independent study advisor or instructor, which incorporates and ties together concepts learned in the nanoscience courses selected. After successful completion of the capstone, the instructor shall notify the student, Professor Burnham in the Physics Department, and the Registrar.  


a.    In keeping with Institute-wide policy for minors, up to three courses may be double-counted for degree requirements (at most 1/3 unit of IQP), no course may be triple-counted, and the capstone experience must be done at the end of the sequence.   The Major Qualifying Project (MQP) may not be counted toward activity for Minors.  

b.    Other courses, including graduate courses, may be used to satisfy the four topic areas with the approval of the Nanoscience Minor Committee.  

c.    A list of faculty who are willing to advise Nanoscience Capstones or ISPs is given at the bottom of https://www.wpi.edu/academics/Depts/Physics/AFM/academic.html.

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