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Nanoscience is the study of nanoscale materials, or extremely small things. These materials have proven and proposed uses across medical, environmental, industrial, energy, and many other fields. 

  • The SFU Nanotechnology program is designed for students to explore this interdisciplinary field from a chemical perspective. Chemistry, which studies matter starting at the atomic scale and then with increasing size and complexity, inherently covers nanomaterials. Students in this program will gain an appreciation for critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, teamwork, and communication while studying the central science. They will also learn how to use modern laboratory techniques and instrumentation. Completion of this concentration will strongly prepare students to work in industry, with governmental agencies, or to further study in graduate school.

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      Capstone Semester

    • Capstone Semester

  • Students taking the Nanotechnology Concentration will complete one semester on the Penn State campus through the PA Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership. This semester off-site maintains the same room/board and tuition costs as a semester on campus in Loretto. 


    • Hands-on training with the latest nantechnology fabrication and characterization equipment.
    • Group Dynamic - Work in groups with students from different schools and diverse backgrounds, enhancing each other's experience.
    • Exclusive access to a powerful job network
    • 18 credits earned in the six-course Capstone Semester.
  • Nanotechnology Degree Requirements

    Nanotechnology Concentration (B.S. in Chemistry)

    What can I do with a Nanotechnology degree?

    Nanotechnology can solve some of our planet's biggest challenges. Below are just a few of the things you can do with a background in Nanotechnology:

    • Create functionalized nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery
    • Develop nanoparticles for flourescence imaging of tumors
    • Produce cleaner, more affordable energy
    • Detect and clean up hazardous chemicals in the environment
    • Enable medical devices that can eliminate the need for surgery
    • Give antibacterial properties to cell phones, refrigerators and toys
    • Produce odor-free shoes, socks and clothing
    • Make sunscreen and cosmetics more effective
    • Ensure that food stays fresher longer
    • Create smaller and faster electronic components