Nanotechnology Certificate

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This year-long certificate is intended for people who already have work or academic experience in microelectronics, biotechnology, optics or similar technical fields. Through this program, students will become familiar with the field of nanoscience and proficient in nanotech protocols.
Learning Outcomes
  • Present an overview of the nano/micro technology.
  • Explain the unique properties of nano/micro and thin films and how they play a key role in a wide range of technology applications.
  • Explain basic scientific principles related to the behavior of matter at the atomic level in chemical, biological, and mechanical systems.
  • Follow procedures of the fabrication process as it applies to biological, chemical and electronics manufacturing technologies.
  • Follow testing and characterization procedures for materials, thin films, components and packaged devices.
  • Assist a technical team in the clean-room and lab environment, and operate and maintain clean-room and lab equipment.
  • Perform technician-level functions in a micro-nano and thin-film fabrication environment.
  • Apply proper safety procedures when working in a clean room and processing lab environment, and when handling chemical and biological materials.
  • Follow proper experimental design, tracking and documentation procedures.
  • Work effectively as a member of a technical team.
Many classes have prerequisites. Prerequisites are those classes that prove eligibility for entry-level classes by testing or by having satisfied prior course work. Course work earned at other institutions must be unofficially evaluated or approved by a program advisor before registering. Courses in this certificate with pre-requisites are marked with an asterisk (*). Nanotechnology Certificate Prerequisites:
  • Two quarters of college level Physics (min 2.0 GPA),
  • Either CHEM&121 and CHEM131 or CHEM&161, CHEM&162, and CHEM&163
Note: Advanced placement testing, work experience, and transfer of credits may result in course waivers, credit transfer, and advanced placement.
Course Number Course Title Credits
course(BUS210)* Business and Economic Statistics 5
course(CWE101) Portfolio, Job Search and Interviewing 2
course(CWE110) Internship 3
course(MSC101)* Introduction to Materials Science 5
course(NANO101)* Introduction to Nanotechnology 5
course(NANO220)* Nano/Microfabrication 5
course(NANO230)* Nano/Micro Characterization, Packaging and Testing 5
course(NANO250)* Capstone/Practicum II 5


Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum
This program of study is outlined by quarter, and courses should be taken in the indicated sequence. However, it should not be concluded that students will always proceed through their program of study exactly as prescribed here. The number of quarters listed here is minimal. Not all courses are offered every quarter. Individual student experiences, educational and training background, and personal schedules and demands all may affect the time it takes to finish this program. Also, in general, summer quarter is not considered one of the full-time quarters in the program. 1st quarter: CWE 101, NANO 101, MSC 101 2nd quarter: CWE 110, BUS 210, NANO 220, 3rd quarter: NANO 230, NANO 250
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What are some potential job titles?

  • Nanotechnology Engineering Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • MEMS Technician

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Program Contact         

Kristine Schroeder (206) 934-7006

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