Nanotechnology Specialization Certificate

Credits Required: 18

(2017-2018 Academic Year)

Community College of Beaver County is a member of the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership project with Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). 

The Nanotechnology Specialization Certificate program provides students with a fifth semester, 18-credit Nanotechnology capstone experience at the Penn State Materials Research Institute. Students who have completed a degree in Biological Science, Natural Science or Pre-Engineering have an opportunity to apply for admission to the program.

The Capstone program at Penn State includes hands-on training in clean room protocols, material processing and characterization, hardware training, safety, and environmental training, and computer simulation.

Typical opportunities for employment for graduates include: materials research technician, etch technician, clean room technician, laboratory technician, fabrication technician, deposition technician, nanofabrication technician.

Associates Degree in Biological Science, Natural Science, or Pre-Engineering

 Completion of the following required courses: 
BIOL 101General Biology I 4.00
CHEM 101General Chemistry I 4.00
CHEM 102General Chemistry II 4.00
MATH 130College Algebra 3.00
PHYS 101College Physics I 4.00
BIOL 102General Biology II 4.00
PHYS 102College Physics II 4.00
 For consideration, students must have completed these required courses with at least a "C" grade and achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in these required courses. 

Required courses at Penn State University: 18 Credit Capstone Semester

For consideration, students must have completed these courses with at least a “C” grade and achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in these required courses.

NANO211 Material, Safety, and Equipment: Nanotechnology Overview (3 credits)

NANO212 Basic Nanotechnology Processes (3 credits)

NANO213 Materials in Nanotechnology (3 credits)

NANO214 Patterning in Nanotechnology (3 credits)

NANO215 Material Modification in Nanotechnology (3 credits)

NANO216 Characterization, Testing of Nanotechnology Structures and Materials (3 credits)


Course Descriptions

BIOL 101 - General Biology I

The science of biology with emphasis on cellular physiology, cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, basic genetics development, and organismic biology. 3-2-4

CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I

This course involves an understanding of the principles of measurement, chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, and the chemistry of the common elements. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or 1 year high school chemistry with the appropriate letter grade or Corequiste: MATH129 or MATH130. 3-2-4

CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II

This is a continuation of CHEM101 with special emphasis on chemical reaction, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electro chemistry, acid base chemistry, and reduction oxidation reactions. General concepts of organic chemistry will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: CHEM101 3-2-4

MATH 130 - College Algebra

The functional approach to algebra is stressed with attention to the properties of the real number system; linear functions and equations; exponents; radicals; functions; systems of equations; complex numbers; and quadratic equations. Additional topics may be added at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisite: "C" or better in PREP021, appropriate placement score or appropriate high school records. 3-0-3

PHYS 101 - College Physics I

This is an applied physics course for technical students and students needing an algebra-and trigonometry-based physics course for transfer to a four-year college. Included are topics from statics, the strength of materials, kinematics, and dynamics. Emphasis is on application, the theory and practice of the relevant measurement, and on the analysis of mechanical systems. Prerequisite: MATH130 3-2-4

BIOL 102 - General Biology II

This is a continuation of Biology 101 with emphasis in taxonomy, organismal biology, evolution and ecology. 3-2-4 Prerequisite BIOL101

PHYS 102 - College Physics II

A continuation of PHYS101. Included are the principles of fluid mechanics; acoustics; thermodynamics; kinetic theory; quantum theory; optics; and nuclear physics. Laboratories emphasize the application of physical theory to practical measurement problems. Prerequisite: PHYS101 3-2-4