Welcome to undergraduate studies in the Department of Nanotechnology Engineering!
Nanotechnology Engineering curriculum
For detailed information on the most recent Management Engineering program and curriculum, please visit the Undergraduate Studies Calendar.
For previous versions, please see the List of Undergraduate Studies Archived Calendars. In this link, select the year your program began. Then in the sidebar, click on "Faculty of Engineering", then "Bachelor of Applied Science and Bachelor of Software Engineering Specific Degree Requirements", and then "Nanotechnology Engineering".
Students in the Nanotechnology Engineering program are able to specialize in their fourth year by choosing six technical electives, three from six offered in 4A and three from ten offered in 4B. The set of technical elective courses covers topics in micro- and nano-instrumentation , nanoscale biosystems, nanostructured materials, and computational methodology for nanotechnology engineering. In addition, an elective course on photonic materials and devices is available in 4A and an individual research project elective is available in 4B. To remain relevant, these technical elective courses are subject to change, based on the evolution of the field of nanotechnology. 4B technical electives will normally be more specialized than the 4A technical electives. List of Technical Electives.
Nanotechnology Engineering students who wish to enrich their education further may elect to take one of the five available Options. General information about Degree Options can be found at: Options and Electives for Engineering Students. The mathematics, life sciences, and physical sciences options are only open to students who maintain cumulative averages of 80% or higher.
- International Studies in Engineering
- Management Sciences Option
- Mathematics Option
- Life Sciences Option
- Physical Sciences Option
Detailed scheduling information for these Options can be found here: Options Scheduling Information.
Those who may be interested in pursuing a minor can find information in the Undergraduate Calendar. Minor requirements are listed in the relevant department's academic plans. A minor typically requires satisfactory completion of ten or more lecture courses.
|Year one||1A||1B||Co-op 1|
|Year two||2A||Co-op 2||2B|
|Year three||Co-op 3||Co-op 4||3A|
|Year four||3B||Co-op 5||Co-op 6|
For a more detailed view into the terms, please see our extended course schedule.
Academic counselling deals with all aspects of your academic career.
- Year promotion and term decisions
- Study skills
- Options in engineering programs
- Course selection and enrolment - including Complementary Studies Electives (CSE's)
- Taking courses at another university
- Transfers within the Faculty of Engineering or to another program in another faculty or university
- Disciplinary and academic offences (cheating and plagiarism)
- Sickness and medical certificates (missed exams)
- Deferred and supplemental exams
Within the Faculty of Engineering, access to advisors is faculty-wide in your first year and then program-specific from second year and beyond.
First-year students can contact Faculty of Engineering academic advisors.
The Nanotechnology Engineering program advisors for second-year and higher students are found on this page.
Academic issues can sometimes be mixed up with personal problems (relationship issues, death in the family, etc.). Whatever the problem, engineering counselling and the University of Waterloo Counselling Services.
Capstone design project & symposium
Co-op work terms
Six work terms, consisting of two four-month and two eight-month periods, are required of every student. Five work-term performance evaluations with ratings of "Marginal" or better are required prior to graduation.
Work term reports
Work term reports are technical documents that are written by students and are expected to reflect work accomplished during the corresponding work terms. They serve to provide students with experience in technical writing, and to prepare them for the types of communication that they will encounter most often as professional engineers. Detailed information on work term reports, including deadlines and the feedback process, can be found on the appropriate Learn site for NE 250, NE 350 and NE 450 courses or contact the Work-Term Report Coordinator. Information can also be found about these courses on the Undergraduate Studies Academic Calendar.
Number of reports and timelines
All Nanotechnology Engineering undergraduate students who have entered the program from September 2010 onwards must submit a total of three work-term reports in fulfillment of their degrees. The reports are due after each of their second, third and fourth co-op work term periods. (Students who have entered the program prior to September 2010 must submit a total of four work-term reports. The additional report is submitted after the first co-op period).
Clearing Failed Reports
When clearing a failed report, the due date is the second Friday of the term that you have selected to clear the failure. Inform the Administrative Assistant and Undergraduate Coordinator and Work-Term Report Coordinator prior to the beginning of term in order to be added to the appropriate Learn site. A hardcopy is to be submitted to the Administrative Assistant and Undergraduate Coordinator by 3:30pm on the due date and an electronic copy must be submitted on Learn.
Administrative Assistant and Undergraduate Coordinator
Work-Term Report Coordinator
Nanotechnology health risk/assessment and hazards training and Nanotechnology engineering practice
These topics are dealt with through a series of combined credit/non-credit courses, one in each academic term of the NE program. Each incoming cohort of students is assigned a "class professor" to accompany the students as they proceed through their program of study. The class professor coordinates events, such as guest lectures and seminars for the class and, during the terms 1B through 3B, works closely with the Nanotechnology Health Risk/Assessment and Hazards Training expert who will deliver 32 lectures associated with the credit components of these 8 courses. Seminars organized by a class professor will typically be lectures that focus upon the NE program and related research being carried out. Lectures on Nanotechnology Engineering Practice may be given by the class professor or by other UW faculty members involved in nanotechnology engineering research.
Professional development for engineers
All Engineering students are required to complete a set of five Professional Development (PD) courses (two core and three electives) during work terms. These courses focus upon the development of professional communication and project management skills and are intended to help students advance their careers and adapt to the work-place world. Additional information about these PD courses may be found at: www.watpd.uwaterloo.ca
WHMIS and ELPE credits
All Nanotechnology Engineering Students must complete and clear the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements by the ends of the academic terms 1A and 2A respectively.
Complementary study electives
The aim of complementary study electives (CSEs) is to provide an understanding of our heritage and social environment, and of the way in which the disciplines of science and engineering interact with them. While these courses must meet specific requirements, courses from nearly all Faculties and Departments are available, thus giving students a rather wide selection from which to choose. With offerings from Cybernetics to Musical Theory, students are advised to take a combination of courses that will provide them with enjoyment and will, at the same time, benefit their future endeavours. There are some courses that may also count toward a Degree Option (see below). Nanotechnology Engineering students must take a total of six CSEs as part of their degree requirements. MSCI 261 taken in 2B meets the List B CSE requirement. Additional information on CSE requirements and courses may be found at: CSEs - UW Undergraduate Calendar