Nanotechnology Engineering

Design systems measured in billionths of a metre

A student in the Nanotechnology Engineering program at the University of Waterloo.

Nanotechnology enables all technology. Some of today's most innovative scientific and engineering breakthroughs are happening at scales smaller than we ever thought possible. As the root of innovation, fueling changes in life and society, nanotechnology opens many career options from medical to pharmaceuticals to electronics to automotive and materials research.

In Canada’s first accredited 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 a range of paid co-op opportunities. In your upper years, you’ll spend eight months at a time on co-op work terms, so you can really dig deep into a project — and graduate with a seriously impressive résumé.

Program highlights

  • Small work, big impact. Use concepts from biology, chemistry, electronics, and quantum physics to design systems measured in billionths of a metre in the $160-million Mike and Ophelia Lazardis 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.



What is Nanotechnology Engineering?

Nanotechnology Engineering involves materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, and medicine. As a graduate, you might found companies, work in established industries, or pursue graduate studies in Engineering or Science.

Nanotechnology Engineering at Waterloo

In Canada’s first accredited 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.

 

What will you learn?

During your first year, you'll take a mix of foundational engineering and math courses. In upper years, you'll be able to select topics that interest you the most from our four core areas: nano-engineering materials, nano-electronics, nano-instrumentation, and nano-biosystems.

Learn more about the courses you'll take for your Nanotechnology Engineering degree.


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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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How to apply

Apply directly to this program on your application.