Nanoscience is the study of nanoscale materials. These materials have proven and proposed uses across medical, environmental, industrial, energy, and many other fields. This concentration is also designed to let students study 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.
Students who pursue the Nanotechnology concentration will spend one spring semester (their junior or senior year) at The Pennsylvania State University’s University Park Campus to complete coursework in Penn State’s nanofabrication facilities. Upon completion of these courses, students will receive a certificate from Penn State along with their Saint Francis degree.