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Northwest Missouri State University


Nanobiology can be considered the intersection of biology and nanotechnology. Much of nanobiology involves using the tools and techniques of molecular biology to manipulate and analyze nucleic acids and proteins, which are themselves on the nanoscale. There are two approaches: (1) use nanotechnology to study a part of a living system; or (2) use a part of the living system as a model for creating nanoscale devices or other nanotechnologies. This field also relies heavily on techniques such as atomic force and electron microscopy to visualize parts of the cell and these new devices.  Nanobiology also includes the biophysics involved in interactions between proteins and nucleic acids, cell membrane structure and function, and the self-assembly of molecules as seen in all cells.

In addition to the Nanoscale Science Core Curriculum, students choosing to specialize in Nano-Biology have the following class options:

Directed General Education Courses

Course No. Course Name Hours
Biol 04-112/113 General Botany and Laboratory 4
Math 17-120
Calculus I 4
Phys 25-120/121 Classical Physics I and Laboratory 5
Phil 39-274  
Introduction to Ethics
Total Directed Hours 16

Nanoscale Biology Emphasis Required Courses

Course No. Course Name Hours
Biol 04-511 Techniques in Biotechnology 4
Chem 24-344/345 Organic Chemistry II and Lab
Biol 04-444
Immunology 4
Chem 24-450 Macromolecular Structures 3
Total Biology Emphasis Required Hours 16