• Nanotechnology (454)
    Associate of Science

    North, South

    Also see Nanofabrication Technology (709) and Manufacturing Technology (705.5) (D) Nanofabrication.

    This CCAC program is in part a Penn State University/National Science Foundation/Pennsylvania State Department of Economic Development supported training program that provides the theory and hands-on training needed for employment as nanotechnologists. The nanotechnology program at CCAC provides students the opportunity to acquire the skills needed for employment in jobs requiring multiple developmental and maintenance competencies necessary for various applications of nano-devices in biology, biotechnology, drug design and delivery, chemistry, physics, environmental science, internet and computer science. Graduates will enter the job market with the skills necessary for positions in universities, hospitals and research centers as well as the following industries.

    • pharmaceuticals/medicine
    • biotechnology/biomimetics
    • microelectromechanical/medical devices
    • optics/photonics
    • environmental cleanup
    • food/water purification
    • agriculture/forestry and environment
    • forensics/security/military/defense
    • information technology management
    • automotive, textiles/cosmetics


    Students must spend their fourth semester of intensive study at the Nanofabrication Research Laboratory at Penn State University in State College, PA. CCAC students who meet the program requirements (see program liaison) will pay for the courses at the CCAC tuition rate and may have access to other financial resources for related expenses. Additional financial aid may be available during the term at the Nanofabrication Laboratory. Students may take all 18 credits in one semester or take nine credits over two semesters or six credits over three semesters. Students will receive a certificate from Penn State Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization upon successful completion of the six-course, 18-credit capstone semester in nanofabrication.

    Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will:

    1. Describe the fundamental principles of nanotechnology.
    2. Design, develop, create and produce nano-devices with varied applications in various fields.
    3. Troubleshoot and provide preventive maintenance and reuse of nano-devices.
    4. communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, using the terminology appropriate to nanotechnology.
    5. Apply the leadership and management skills necessary for position as nanotechnician, manager and supervisor of a nanotechnology facility.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    CHM-109Introduction to Chemistry4
    EET-103Introduction to Electronics3
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    MAT-111College Algebra3
    PHY-113Technical Physics 13
    Total Credits: 16

    Second Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-151General Biology 14
    CHM-151General Chemistry 1 4
    ENG-102English Composition 23
    MAT-165 Probability and Statistics4
    -Humanities Elective3
    Total Credits: 18

    Third Semester

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-216Cell Biology3
    CIT-100Computer Fundamentals & Applications3
    EET-213Electronic Instruments4
    -Social Science Elective3
    Total Credits: 17

    Fourth Semester

    Fourth Semester at Penn State University. Closest CCAC course for program overview only.
    Course #Course NameCredits
    MFT-211Material Safety and Equipment Overview3
    MFT-212Basic Nanofabrication Processes3
    MFT-213Materials in Nanotechnology3
    MFT-214Lithography for Nanofabrication3
    MFT-215Materials Modification for Nanofabrication Applications3
    MFT-216Characterization, Testing of Nanotechnology Structures and Materials3
    Total Credits: 18
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 69