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
- Nanoindentation 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 as well as nano-related Independent Study, Research, Co-op, or Enterprise.
Required Course Work
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.
- Credits: 2.0
- Lec-Rec-Lab: (1-1-0)
- Semesters Offered: Spring, in even years
Undergraduate Advisor—First-Year and Secondary Education Students, Orientation (Scheduling)
- Professor of Physics
- Director and John and Phyllis Seaman Endowed Curator, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
- Affiliated Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
- Fisher 102 and A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
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.