Design solutions measured in billionths of a metre
Nanotechnology is revolutionizing everything from smartphones to cancer treatment. Put yourself on the forefront of that revolution at Waterloo.
In Canada’s only undergraduate nanotechnology engineering program, you’ll use principles from biology, chemistry, electronics, and quantum physics to create materials and machines far too small to see with the naked eye.
You'll gain extensive experience in your lab courses and through co-op positions at places like Mercedes-Benz, Harvard Medical School, and MIT. In your upper years, you’ll spend eighth months at a time on work terms, so you can really dig deep into a project — and graduate with a seriously impressive résumé.
Nanotechnology Engineering admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid- to high 80s
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First-year Nanotechnology Engineering courses and beyond
September to December
- NE 100 - Introduction to Nanotechnology Engineering
- NE 101 - Nanotechnology Engineering Practice
- NE 109 – Societal and Environmental Impacts of Nanotechnology
- NE 111 – Introduction to Programming for Engineers
- NE 112 - Linear Algebra for Nanotechnology Engineering
- NE 121 - Chemical Principles
- MATH 117 - Calculus 1 for Engineering
January to April
- NE 102 - Introduction to Nanomaterials Health Risk; Nanotechnology Engineering Practice
- NE 113 - Introduction to Computational Methods
- NE 140 - Linear Circuits
- NE 125 - Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering
- NE 131 - Physics for Nanotechnology Engineering
- MATH 119 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
After first year
Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Polymer engineering intern
- Research & development engineering
- Laboratory research assistant
- Material handler
- Optical development engineering
- Quality project coordinator
- Food technologist
Sample co-op employers
- Baylis Medical Company Inc.
- AVRO Life Science
- Myant Consulting
- Harvard University
- National Institute for Materials Science
What can I do with a degree in Nanotechnology Engineering?
As a graduate, you might pursue further specialized studies, a position in industry or government, or your own start-up company. With your unique collection of skills and attributes, you'll be employable in many sectors, including environment and sustainability, mining and energy, semiconductor and electronics, and agriculture and food, to name just a few.
- Device Development Engineer – Analog Devices
- Engineering Program Manager – Apple
- Project Engineer Specialist – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Senior Manager, Technical Program – Amazon
- Product Manager – TELUS Corporation
- Manager, Data Science – Facebook
- Research Engineer – University of British Columbia
Possible professional designation
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Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
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Visit our Waterloo Stories website to learn about research in Nanotechnology Engineering being conducted at Waterloo
Also, read about how students are using the skills they learned at Waterloo for entrepreneurship.
Meet industry leaders
Make time in your schedule for the annual Waterloo Undergraduate Nanotechnology Conference, where you’ll meet industry leaders, startup founders, and top researchers.
Learn in world-leading labs
You’ll be based in the University's $160-million Quantum-Nano Centre — a facility packed with the very latest nano-fabrication tools in ultra-sterile cleanrooms.