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Nanoscience is a booming field. It can lead to revolutionary developments and help change our lives. Want to be a life changer? Read more about Northwest's growing program!                   

Why Study Nanoscience at Northwest

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 major focuses on providing practical laboratory experiences, isolating DNA and synthesizing nanoparticles to construct solar cells. Students can specialize in nanoscience biology, nanoscience chemistry or nanoscience physics. For more information, see the specializations outlined below.

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Nanoscience Biology

Nanoscience biology applies nanotechnology at the cellular level. Two approaches include using nanotechnology to study a living cell or using part of the living system as a model for creating nanoscale devices. This major utilizes cellular mechanisms to create new technologies. Students can look forward to classes such as cell biology, genetics and techniques in biotechnology. 


Nanoscience Chemistry

Nanoscience 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. Students can look forward to classes such as organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and lab. 


Nanoscience Physics

Nanoscience 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. Students can look forward to classes such as computer programming, physics laboratory and quantum mechanics.  


Career Opportunities

  • Biomedical researcher
  • Microbiologist
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Pharmaceutical designer
  • Forensics
  • Aerospace engineering
  • Spectroscopist

What Can I Do With a Major in Nanoscience?

Garrett-Strong Science Building

Garrett-Strong Science Building offers 26 labs where students gain profession-based experience on campus. The building is the home to a synthetic cadaver, aquarium, two museums and living animals that include a hedgehog, rats, iguanas and others kept in labs.
Garrett-Strong Science Building

Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Northwest’s award-winning Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation features more than $3 million invested in state-of-the-art instruments that undergraduate students may access to gain profession-based experience.
Profession-Based Learning Experiences

Faculty-led Research

Faculty-led research is an opportunity for undergraduate students to produce original research resulting in publishing their work and gaining valuable professional experience. This is available for students showing interest in furthering their education.
Faculty-led Research
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