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 8 months at a time on work terms, so you can really dig deep into a project — and graduate with a seriously impressive résumé.
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.
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.
About the Nanotechnology Engineering program
Gain 2 years of experience in the co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
Engineering school in Canada (US News & World Report 2018)
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Students earn $17,800 on average per co-op term
Nanotechnology Engineering admission requirements
- Ontario students: 6 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 low 90s
- An Admission Information Form is required
- Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements
First-year Nanotechnology Engineering courses
September to December
NE 100 - Introduction to Nanotechnology
NE 101 - Nanotechnology Engineering Practice
NE 109 – Societal and Environmental Impacts of Nanotechnology
NE 111 – Introduction to Programming for Engineers
NE 112 - Linear Algebra
NE 121 - Chemical Principles or Nanotechnology Engineering
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
MATH 119 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
After first year
Sample upper-year Nanotechnology Engineering courses
Gain relevant work experience through co-op
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
- Microfluidics and Instrumentation Engineer Intern
- Facilities Engineering
- Food Technologist
- Research Intern
- Injection Mould Engineering
- Research Assistant
- Oil Properties Analyst
- Polymer Synthesis and Reactor Design
- Assistant Lab Technician
Sample co-op employers
- Precision Nanosystems, Inc.
- Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada
- Catelli Foods
- Harvard University
- Magna International
- Canadian Space Agency
- Environment Canada
- Soochow University
- Government of Prince Edward Island
Careers in Nanotechnology Engineering
As a Nanotechnology Engineering 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.
- Test Process Engineer, Angstrom Engineering Inc.
- R&D Engineer, Qidni Labs Inc.
- Control Engineer, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
- Co-Founder, Suncayr
- Physics Technician, University of Alberta
- Process Engineer, Procter & Gamble Inc.
- Nanotechnology Specialist, Intlvac
- Research Engineer, iNano Medical Inc.
Possible professional designation
- Visit the Nanotechnology Engineering website