May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S., Nanotechnology Concentration

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Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Pedro L. Muíño,, 814-472-3084

Coordinator: Dr. Ashley M. Smith,

Program Description:

The Chemistry major follows a curriculum that helps students acquire a strong foundation in basic concepts and principles of modern chemistry while gaining an appreciation of chemistry’s central role in society. All courses are taught and all research is facilitated by faculty members who are generous with their time and knowledge. Students can expect individual attention in their small lecture and laboratory classes. The course work is designed to help the student develop the critical thinking, problem-solving, laboratory, computer, data acquisition and analysis, and research skills needed to be successful in their future endeavors. 

For the Nanotechnology Concentration, students spend a semester at the Pennsylvania State University Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization (CNEU). At this facility, students will complete six Nanotechnology courses designed to allow them to gain a hands-on experience with nanofabrication manufacturing technology. Courses will include safety and equipment overviews, basic nanotechnology processes, cutting edge nanotech applications, and modern characterization techniques. 

Students are considered Saint Francis University students for enrollment verification, financial aid, and other standard reporting and accounting purposes. Participating students must enroll in the 6 courses for 18 credits and will be assigned an SFU supervising faculty member. However, it is the student’s responsibility to secure housing in the PSU/State College area. Students pay the tuition for the Capstone Semester (18 credits) to SFU according to its current published tuition and fee schedule, but students are also responsible for applicable PSU fees. Tuition discounts or remission due to student’s or a parent/legal guardian’s employment at SFU do not qualify for the Capstone Semester and are not accepted.

Accreditation Statement:

The Saint Francis University Chemistry program has been approved by the American Chemical Society to offer ACS certified degrees. ACS may be contacted at 1155 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; (202)872-4600;

Estimated Completion Time:

Typically 4 years of full-time study

Total Credits Required:

128 credits minimum

Courses Required for the Major: (68 credits)

American Chemical Society Certified Degree

To obtain an ACS certified degree, students must take the following classes with the associated laboratories: CHEM 121 CHEM 122 CHEM 192 CHEM 221 CHEM 222 CHEM 251 CHEM 292 CHEM 321 CHEM 322 CHEM 323 CHEM 324 CHEM 392 CHEM 398 /CHEM 399  Or CHEM 499 CHEM 405 , and TWO additional CHEM electives (CHEM 305 CHEM 308 CHEM 401 CHEM 404 CHEM 407 CHEM 410 CHEM 501 ). 

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