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Nanotechnology Concentration: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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Nanoscience and nanotechnology are the study and application of extremely small things and can be used across all the other science fields, such as chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, and engineering.  To learn more about nanotechnology, click here.

Through our partnership with the NACK (Nanotechnolgy Applications and Career Knowledge) Network and Penn State University Nanotechnology, Penn Highlands is able to connect its students with coursework and careers in the growing field of nanotechnology.

Course Information

Students pursuing certification in Nanotechnology will complete the Liberal Arts and Science Degree at Penn Highlands Community College and then enroll in the following courses (18 credits) offered through the Pennsylvania Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology (NMT) Partnership at Penn State University’s Main Campus:

  • ELT 220 - Material, Safety, and Equipment Overview for Nanofabrication
  • ELT 221 - Basic Nanofabrication Processes
  • ELT 222 - Materials in Nanotechnology
  • ELT 223 - Lithography for Nanofabrication
  • ELT 224 - Materials Modification in Nanofabrication
  • ELT 225 - Characterization, Testing of Nanofabricated Structures and Materials

The courses listed above are offered in one 15-week semester on the campus of Penn State in State College, PA.  Students must make arrangements to attend classes in State College, including room and board. 

Application Process

To be accepted into the PSU Nanotechnology capstone program, students must:

  • Contact the program liaison at Penn Highlands for program application instructions and information: William Wolff, Associate Professor of Natural Sciences, 814.262.6479, wwolff@pennhighlands.edu.
  • Apply to Penn State and provide the necessary documentation, including a letter of reference. Click here for the 2016 Application.
  • If accepted, students must provide acceptance letter to the Registrar for course scheduling.
  • Pay the required tuition, fees, and materials for the program. Costs will include room and board for the semester at Penn State Main Campus, a program fee of $2,500, Penn Highlands’ tuition and fees, books, and materials.

Students may contact the Penn State University NMT program directly for more information: Sue Barger, Administrative Support Coordinator, 814.865.9635, sbarger@engr.psu.edu.