How to Apply

Admissions

The certificate program is open to:

  • current Michigan Tech graduate students who are in a degree program
  • non-degree seeking students interested in obtaining a graduate certificate
  • international students who wish to enter a degree granting program

See the ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS in the sidebar for certificate admissions details.

Curriculum

A total of 15 credits are required for this certificate. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in each of the courses counting toward the certificate. A maximum of 6 credits is allowed in courses at the 3000- and 4000- levels. At least 6 credits, not counting SS 5820, must be from outside the student’s home department.

Required Course Work (A)

SS 5820 - Advanced, Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications (ELSI) of Nanotechnology

Advanced exploration of the implications of molecularism as brought about by emergent nanotechnology and nanoscience. Involves comparative investigations, extended reading and writing assignments in seminar setting.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

At least one course must be selected from the following list. These courses can also satisfy the requirement that electives must be selected in three topical areas. If BL 5035 is selected, then BL 5042 or BL 5062 must also be taken.

Required Course Work (B)

BL 5035 - Bioimaging

Current concepts in light and electron microscopy and scanning probe techniques. Theory and practice of fluorescence (including confocal and multi-photon), atomic force, scanning and transmission electron, and video microscopy as applied to biological specimens with an emphasis on sample preparation. Emphasis will be placed on application of advanced techniques. Half semester course.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-4-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

BL 5042 - Scanning Electron Microscopy of Biological Specimens

Hands-on training in operation of the scanning electron microscope (SEM). Students prepare biological specimens of their choice for observation. Emphasis will be placed on application of advanced techniques. Successful completion of course is prerequisite to becoming a certified SEM operator in the ACMAL. Half semester course.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-6)
Semesters Offered: Fall - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
Co-Requisite(s): BL 5035

BL 5062 - Transmission Electron Microscopy of Biological Specimens

Hands-on training in operation of the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Students prepare biological specimens of their choice for observation. Emphasis will be placed on application of advanced techniques. Successful completion of course is prerequisite to becoming a certified TEM operator in the ACMAL. Half semester course.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-2-6)
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior
Pre-Requisite(s): BL 5035

CM 5770 - Advanced Analytical Microdevice Technologies

Course will provide background in micro/nano-scale technologies for biomedical diagnostic applications. Includes theoretical and experimental advances in chemical, mechanical, optical, and biological analysis. Reading of news and technical articles will develop skills/knowledge to envision microdevice applications for a semester-long project which students taking this course will be leading.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2012-2013 academic year
Restrictions: Permission of instructor required

MEEM 5130 - Nanoscale Science and Technology

The course covers fundamentals of nanoscience (synthesis, properties, characterization) and recent technological advances in renewable energy, biotechnology, and nanodevices. This course is appropriate for students with backgrounds in mechanical engineering, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, civil engineering, and physics.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring

MEEM 5640 - Micromanufacturing Processes

Introduces the processes and equipment for fabricating microsystems and the methods for measuring component size and system performance. Fabrication processes include microscale milling, drilling, diamond machining, and lithography. Measurement methods include interferometry and scanning electron microscopy. No credit for both MEEM4640 MEEM5640.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (0-3-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall, Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate; Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Mechanical Engineering, Mechanical Eng-Eng Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics

EE 5430 - Electronic Materials

A study of the physical principles, operational characteristics, models, and basic applications of selected solid-state devices.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Fall
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

EE 5460 - Solid State Devices

A study of the physical principles, operational characteristics and models and basic applications of solid state devices such as p-n junctions, metal- semiconductor junctions and transistors.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

MY 4292 - Light and Photonic Materials

Material properties controlling light wave propagation in optical crystals and optical wave guides. Photonic crystals and photonic devices based on electrical, magnetic, and strain effects.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Major(s): Physics, Applied Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science and Engrg; Must be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Junior, Senior
Pre-Requisite(s): PH 2200 or EE 2190 or EE 3140

MY 5550 - Solid Surfaces

The performance, durability, and stability of composites, coatings, films, advanced ceramics, implants, and nano-technological products rely on the understanding, control and manipulation of surfaces and interfaces. This course provides both a fundamental and practical introduction to the concepts and theories of solid surfaces and solid-liquid interfaces. The capillary effects, electrical aspects of interfaces, and adsorption at materials surfaces, with their practical applications and consequences, are emphasized.
Credits: 3.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (3-0-0)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s): Graduate

PH 5530 - Selected Topics in Nanoscale Science and Technology

Presentation and discussion of selected topics in nanoscale science and engineering. Topics include growth, properties, applications, and societal implication of nanoscale materials. Evaluation: attendance and assignment.
Credits: 2.0
Lec-Rec-Lab: (2-0-0)
Semesters Offered: On Demand
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore, Junior

Elective Courses

Students must take from the following list of approved courses at least one course from each of the three topical groups:

  • Characterization
  • Fabrication and Control
  • Devices, Systems, and Integration

Remaining credits may be taken from any topical groups, the other electives group, or the restricted electives group. At least 6 credits in this graduate certificate program, not counting SS 5820, must be from outside the student's home department. Students in interdisciplinary graduate degree programs and students not seeking a graduate degree must have their selection of elective courses approved by the MuSTI Associate Director for Education and Outreach, or in the absence of such an office, by a faculty member appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Due to rapid developments in the nanotechnology field, other appropriate electives may be substituted with the approval of the Multi-Scale Technologies Institute's Associate Director for Education and Outreach, or in the absence of such an office, by a faculty member appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.

See the certificate schedule in Nanotechnology—Certificate (IGCN) for elective course offerings and the most recent requirements.