University Catalog 2023-2024

Nano-Science and Technology (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Center for Advanced Self-Powered Systems of Integrated Sensors and Technologies (ASSIST) is offering a minor in Nano-Science and Technology for any student enrolled in an engineering curriculum. Students will be trained in the fundamentals of nano-scale materials, devices, and systems for a broad variety of applications. This is a multidisciplinary program consisting of courses from a variety of engineering disciplines. Completion of this minor will prepare undergraduate students for the global workforce by combining technical training in nano-science and technology with diversity awareness, engineering ethics, and an understanding of global issues in science and technology.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. To apply to Add a Minor, go to:

The program administrator will oversee admission to, and certify completion of the minor program. Prior to admission, qualified students will meet with the program administrator. During this meeting a plan of work for the minor detailing which courses will be taken each semester will be designed and signed by the student. Students will then be required to consult with the program administrator during each registration period to ensure satisfactory progress. All courses counted for the minor must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better. Students may not take minor coursework on a credit only (pass/fail) or S/U basis.  The program administrator will verify that all requirements have been met, and certify the minor prior to graduation. The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Paperwork for certification should be completed no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at N.C. State.

Contact Person

Elena Nicolescu Veety
Education Director of the ASSIST Center
Monteith Engineering Res. Ctr. 218-D
Campus Box 7911

Effective date: 1/2013
SIS Code: 14NSTM

Plan Requirements

  • Completion of the minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. This includes one required introductory course, three technical elective courses, and two general education elective courses.
  • All courses counted for the minor must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better. Students may not take minor coursework on a credit-only (S/U) basis.
Required Course
E 304Introduction to Nano Science and Technology3
Technical Electives
Select three of the following: 1,29
Colloidal and Nanoscale Engineering
Chemical Processing of Electronic Materials
Fundamentals of Bio-Nanotechnology
Biomedical Signal Processing
Polymeric Biomaterials Engineering
Special Topics in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Microelectronic Materials
Introduction to Nanomaterials
Introduction to Solid-State Devices
Introduction to Integrated Circuit Technology and Fabrication
Conventional and Emerging Nanomanufacturing Techniques and Their Applications in Nanosystems
General Education Electives
General Education Electives (see below)6
Total Hours18

General Education Electives

The general education requirement will equip students with the professional skills necessary for success in a global engineering environment. These courses come from the NCSU General Education Program (GEP) lists, and may count towards a student’s GEP requirements as well as the minor.

One course is required from each of the two categories below:

Engineering Ethics3
Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values
Ethical Dimensions of Progress
Bio-Medical Ethics
Diversity and Global Issues in Science and Technology3
Women and Gender in Science and Technology
Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society
Science, Technology and Public Policy