Nanoscience courses NAN 601, 602, 603 and 604 are survey (core) courses that are meant to introduce students to the fundamental concepts, methods, and discoveries in different areas of nanoscience. All four of the core NAN courses are required for Ph.D. track students while Professional Science Master’s track students are require to take only three of the four core NAN courses.

Nanoscience Courses



Credit Hours

NAN-601: Nanochemistry

Review of materials chemistry, synthesis of nanoparticles such as carbon nanotubes and fullerenes, chemical reactions and a survey of medicinal chemistry for pharmaceutical applications.




Emphasis on cellular and intracellular mechanisms including biological self-assembly, cytoskeletal interactions, protein folding, membrane dynamics, biological energetics, and cell-cell interactions as well as biomaterials.


NAN-603: Nanophysics

Emphasis on the areas of physics critical to nanoscience including solid state physics, statistical mechanics, quantum concepts, biophysics, chemical physics, and nanodevices based on semiconductors


NAN-605: Mathematical Methods I & II

Emphasis on the areas of math critical to nanoscience.



Nanoscience Laboratory Rotation

A 7-week laboratory rotation intended to develop skills with scientific equipment and provide initial experience with nanoscale research. Four distinct laboratory rotations are required for the PhD in nanoscience. May be repeated for credit. (Graded on S-U basis)



Professional Development Seminar I

Workplace issues including ethics, confidentiality, writing and presentation skills, innovation, entrepreneurship, and emerging issues in nanotechnology. (Graded on S-U basis)



Professional Development Seminar II

Workplace issues including business plans, globalization, emerging issues in nanotechnology, and further development of writing and presentation skills, innovation, and entrepreneurship. (Graded on S-U basis)



Professional MS in Nanoscience Internship

Internship at a facility engaged in nanotechnology activity in order to gain practical experience with aspects of nanotechnology. (Graded on S-U basis)



Science Integrity

Explores contemporary issues related to scientific integrity and responsible conduct in research (RCR).



Nonlinear Waves in Biological Excitable Media

Dynamics of reaction-diffusion waves and implementation of theoretical methods to the analysis of these waves in cardiac muscle and nerves.


 NAN-74: Nanoimaging

 Use of nanoparticles for in vivo diagnostic medical imaging and therapy.




General underlying mechanisms leading to inflammation, infectious disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease and the potential nanotechnology has on diagnosing, preventing, and treating these diseases.  (3:3)


Nanoscience Dissertation Research



Dissertation Extension



Research Extension