Minor in Nanoscience


Nanoscience concerns just about everything living as it studies how molecules, materials, devices, and living matter all behave but on the most minute level. The potential to find out more about these tiny particles in nearly all science fields and even the commercial realm is exciting and almost endless.

Value Proposition Description

Extra specialization in this field gives you the hands-on experience to explore the why and how of Nanoscience that you’ll use in any industry.


The minor in Nanoscience crosses several disciplines so you’ll be learning alongside students in chemistry, biology and biotechnology, engineering science, and mechanical engineering. You’ll take courses in five topical areas including Structure of Molecules, Function of Molecules, Quantum Properties of Matter, Atomic Properties of Matter, and Nanoscale Fabrication and Characterization. 

A capstone, either within a course or as an Independent Study Project, helps you understand the many fields to which nanoscience is relevant. Complete course descriptions can be found in the Course Catalog.

Application Process

If you’re interested in this minor, you may inquire at the Physics Department or the Atomic Force Microscopy Lab for assistance finding a faculty member who will advise you. Fill out the Application for a Nanoscience Minor, obtain necessary signatures, and submit it to the Registrar’s Office more than two terms before you graduate.