Michigan Tech offers an interdisciplinary minor in Nanoscale Science and Technology. Administered by MuSTI, it focuses on multi-disciplinary nanotechnology studies in emerging fields of science, engineering, and technology. The minor:
- introduces students to the basic issues and overall scope of the field
- encourages them to pursue interdisciplinary work outside their major and beyond as careers and research interests develop
- emphasizes fundamental sciences, current and potential applications, modern instrumentation, and impact on society
Students are required to complete 3 credits of approved independent study, research, co-op, or Enterprise experience. Past projects include:
- Fabrication and Raman characterization of bi-layer graphene
- Thin film InGaN-Si photovoltaic devices
- Generation and properties of polydopamine nanoparticles
- Nano-indentation studies of Nitric oxide releasing polymers
- Nanoparticle dielectrophoresis and microdevices
Because of the minor’s diverse and flexible nature, students are advised to consult with their major advisor and the nanotechnology minor advisor as early as possible to lay out a cohesive study program.
The minor entails 8 credits of required courses and 10 credits of elective courses.
Required Course Work
UN 2600 - Fundamentals of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Team-taught introduction to the fundamentals of nanotechnology, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of this field. Modern instrumentation, key scientific foundations, and current and potential applications will be discussed. Real and potential societal implications of nanotechnology will be explored.
Semesters Offered: Spring, Summer - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year
SS 3820 - Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications (ELSI) of Nanotechnology
Exploration of the implications of molecularism--the perception of atoms and molecules as new targets of governance through precise engineering--brought about by emergent nanotechnology and nanoscience.
Semesters Offered: Spring - Offered alternate years beginning with the 2014-2015 academic year
Restrictions: May not be enrolled in one of the following Class(es): Freshman, Sophomore
Pre-Requisite(s): UN 1015 and (UN 1025 or Modern Language - 3000 level or higher)
as well as nano-related Independent Study / Research / Co-op / Enterprise.
At least 10 credits of electives may be drawn from a wide variety of disciplinary areas, and students are required to choose at least 6 credits—not in their major—from the list. At least 6 credits from the electives list must also be at the 3000-level or higher.
- Students are encouraged, but not required, to take at least one elective course related to instrumentation.
- Other appropriate electives, including graduate level, are chosen with written permission by the nanotechnology minor faculty advisor. Graduate-level courses may also require permission from the department or instructor.
- See Interdisciplinary Minor Audits for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (Nanotechnology, IMNT) in your minor audit year for details and course offerings.