Jun 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Chemistry, B.S., Nanotechnology Concentration

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Department Contact:

Chair: Dr. Michele Hargittai, mhargittai@francis.edu, 814-472-2775

Coordinator: Dr. Ashley M. Smith-Diemler, asmith@francis.edu, 814-472-2709

Program Description:

Nanoscience is the study of nanoscale materials, or extremely small things. Their high surface area to volume ratio means that these materials demonstrate interesting and useful properties that deviate from those observed in their bulk or molecular counterparts. 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.


Students taking the Nanotechnology Concentration will complete one semester on the Penn State campus through the PA Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership. To enhance flexibility, this experience can be undertaken any time after the student has completed their first year of study. Through this capstone experience, students will complete six Nanotechnology courses designed to allow them to gain a hands-on experience with nanofabrication manufacturing technology. During this off-campus semester, students are considered SFU students for enrollment verification, financial aid, and other standard reporting and accounting purposes. 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 and securing housing in the Penn State area.

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; www.acs.org.

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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