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 low 90s
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First-year Nanotechnology Engineering courses
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
Why Waterloo Engineering?
Gain two years of experience in the co-op program
Apply directly to this program on your application
Earn a Bachelor of Applied Science degree
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
in Canada for engineering (US News & World Report 2019)
Offered through the Faculty of Engineering
Students earn $13,300 on average per co-op term
What can I do with a degree 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.
- 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
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in engineering.
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.