The Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Nanotechnology Engineering requires eight academic terms plus four work term periods, and requires five years to complete. Nanotechnology Engineering degree requirements in the Undergraduate Calendar. Nanotechnology Engineering course schedule.
The core courses provide students with the fundamental mathematical, physical, chemical, and engineering knowledge that is pertinent to the field of nanotechnology engineering. Courses are broken down into a maximum of three components: lectures, tutorials, and laboratories (some courses are stand-alone laboratory courses).
Lectures are provided by the course professor, who presents the essential course material to the students. Not all course material will be taught in lectures, so self-study is often required.
Tutorials for the first and second year courses are conducted by teaching assistants, while tutorials for the upper year courses are generally conducted by faculty members. Tutorials have been designed to support students in their studies by covering additional concepts, solving sample problems, and providing vehicles for assessment of students' knowledge.
Laboratories are lead by laboratory instructors and assistants, and are used to help students gain practical experience to reinforce the course material.
Nanosystems design project
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.
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. Students who entered their academic programs prior to September 2010 require four work reports with grades of at least 65% for graduation from the NE program, while those who have entered the program from September 2010 onwards require completion of three work reports with grades of at least 65%.
Nanotechnology health risk/assessment and hazards training and Nantechnology engineering practice
These topics are dealt with through a series of combined credit/non-credit coureses, 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 towards 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
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.