The Nanotechnology Engineering honours degree program is designed to provide a practical education in key areas of nanotechnology, including the fundamental chemistry, physics, and engineering of nanostructures or nanosystems, as well as the theories and techniques used to model, design, fabricate, or characterize them. Great emphasis is placed upon training with modern instrumentation techniques as utilized in the research and development of these emerging technologies.
The University awards a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) degree in Nanotechnology Engineering to students who successfully meet all program requirements.
With our unique Undergraduate Engineering program in Nanotechnology Engineering, we aspire to be the best in the world, providing our students with a great environment for learning through well-balanced fundamental concepts, practical education and an excellent co-op experience.
Approximately 120 students are admitted to the Nanotechnology Engineering BASc program each year. Due to the popularity of the program, application levels have been high since its inception in 2005.
Students in the University of Waterloo’s ground-breaking Nanotechnology Engineering program have hands-on experience with leading-edge technology and laboratory equipment. They also have a broad base of knowledge from the interface of science and engineering, which they can use to work across conventional disciplines. They use concepts from biology, chemistry, electronics and quantum physics to research, design and manipulate systems measured in billionths of a metre.
Nano students’ unique collection of skills and attributes make them an excellent fit for work in many sectors. Co-op Nano students work in a variety of industries and roles, often making notable contributions to their workplace. Graduates of our program share their skills in Canada and around the world, where they pursue graduate studies, secure high-level industry positions and start their own companies – often with the support of the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
As you’ll learn, Waterloo’s Nano students are making a difference, applying their unique skills and knowledge to make our world a better place:
For information on the admissions process and further inquiries, please see the Engineering Prospective Students web site.
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All other engineering admissions inquiries, even if you have already received an offer, please contact:
Ally Morrow, Associate Director of Admissions
Engineering Undergraduate Office
Carl A. Pollock Hall (CPH) Room 1320
Undergraduate Program in nanotechnology engineering
How to apply
If you wish to apply to an undergraduate program in Nanotechnology Engineering, please visit the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). When you apply there you will need to select Engineering at the University of Waterloo with the appropriate program code.
Students who reside outside of Ontario or internationally should visit the OUAC 105 information page.
You will also need to submit an Application Information Form, which will help us better understand you, your capabilities and interests.
Please visit the “applying” section on the Faculty of Engineering website for full details on:
Co-operative education, run by Co-operative Education and Career Services, is a compulsory component of all engineering programs at the University of Waterloo. Students acquire twenty-four months of work experience during the five-year BASc in the Nanotechnology Engineering program according to the following schedule:
|Year one||study||study||1B Co-op|
|Year two||study||2A Co-op||study|
|Year three||2B Co-op||2B Co-op||study|
|Year four||study||3B Co-op||3B Co-op|
The incremental learning provided by the alternating work and academic terms allows students to reinforce their newly acquired academic knowledge in a practical setting and benefit in the classroom from skills acquired during work terms.
Work terms are four months in duration for junior students and eight months for intermediate and senior students. The shorter work terms are ideal for entry into the work force and for acquiring essential skills required for professional employment. The longer work terms allow for more in-depth training and focus, and provide employers with larger returns on their investment. Eight month work terms have proven to be very attractive to many employers.
Finding a Job
Cooperative Education and Career Services (CECS) offers a simple and comprehensive employment process for students and employers. CECS maintains an employment pool, with employers both external and internal to the university, to which students apply via an online job search and application tool known as WaterlooWorks. Details about the application process can be found at this link on the CECS website.
Offered or looking for a job outside WaterlooWorks? Please see this link for detailed information about the process.
Scholarships and awards
We offer a number of options to help you fund your studies and to reward entering and current students for their successes.
Visit the Student Awards and Financial Aid Office to find out about scholarships, bursaries, and loan programs available to our undergraduates.
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