The comprehensive major in nanoscience is the study of structures in nanometer size which is smaller than cells but larger than most molecules. At Northwest, this interdisciplinary majors focuses on providing practical laboratory experiences, isolating DNA and synthesizing nanoparticles to construct solar cells. Students can choose to specialize in nanoscale biology, nanoscale chemistry or nanoscale physics.
Nanoscale biology applies nanotechnology at the cellular level. Two approaches include using nanotechnology to study part of a living cell or use part of the living system as a model for creating nanoscale devices. This major utilizes cellular mechanisms to create new technologies.
Nanoscale chemistry focuses on utilizing nanomaterials for drug delivery systems, carbon nanotubes, dye-sensitized solar cells and semiconductor nanowires. This major continues to evolve as chemists use their skills in synthesis and chemical modification, and employ state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology to characterize and manipulate nanostructures.
Nanoscale physics focuses on the interaction of light and electromagnetic radiation at a nano level, the change in properties from the large scale to the nanoscale, and practical experience in designing and looking at materials at a nano level.
100% of the nanoscale biology, nanoscale chemistry, and nanoscale physics graduates have either find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation. Below is a list of job titles:
- Biomedical Researcher
- Industrial Hygienist
- Molecular Biologist
- Analytical Chemist
- Laboratory Technician
- Industrial Hygienist
- Quality Control Testing
- Pharmaceutical Designer
- Academic or Federal Lab Researcher
- Electrical Engineer
- BiEnergy Production and Storage Technician
- Software Developer
- Aerospace Engineering
*Based on self-reported data in recent years.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship features more than $3 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience.
Faculty-led Research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to produce original research with the goal of publishing their work and gaining valuable professional experience. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education.
Although internships are not required in any of the nanoscience majors, they are encouraged to gain hands-on experience.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their academic development. Faculty members provide short-term study programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available: faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions.