South Suburban College
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Nanoscience Technology Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


NAN 120 - Fundamentals of Nanoscience I (4, 6)

This course will study the field of nanotechnology, the capability to observe and manipulate systems at the molecular or atomic scale that is affecting all traditional sciences. The course will provide an introduction to the history, tools, materials, current and emerging applications of nanotechnology.

NAN 130 - Fundamentals of Nanoscience II (4, 6)

This course will study the field of nanotechnology related to the fields of chemistry and physics. The course will emphasize the impact of new developments in nanotechnology. Atomic structure, bonding, photonics, quantum effects, and wave/particle structure will be discussed with a focus on nanotechnology. Feasibility of implementation will be covered, as well as the development of a nanoscale understanding of properties such as color, magnetism, electrical forces, strength and rigidity.

NAN 220 - Nanoelectronics (4, 6)

This course will cover the state of the art processes currently used for the fabrication of microelectronic and nanoelectronic devices. Students will learn to qualify and use semiconductor process equipment, inspect devices and perform electrical measurements on semiconductor devices. Considerations such as cost, manufacturing methodology, and societal impacts will be covered. Approaches for the development of quantum computers, holographic memories, and biological systems will be discussed.

NAN 230 - Nanobiotechnology (4, 6)

Studies the use of nanotechnology as it applies to biological and agricultural applications. Includes detecting and identifying DNA and proteins; drug delivery and medical imaging; mimicking biological systems to develop catalysts; nanoscale movement and information systems; and nanotechnology for agricultural applications such as ethanol production, sorbitol-based fuel cells, genetics, and uses of cellulose.

NAN 240 - Nanomaterials (4, 6)

Discusses the opportunity and challenge of nanomaterial-based products from pharmaceutical coatings to smog-reducing paints to individual crystal structure determination. Includes manufacturing processes along with reliability and quality control aspects.

NAN 250 - Nanomanufacturing (4, 6)

Presents an overview of quality methods as they relate to nanotechnology. Emphasizes statistical process control (SPC), design of experiments (DOE), gage repeatability and reliability (R & R), statistical significance, correlation, team-based problem solving, failure mode analysis, theory of inventive thinking (TRIZ), graphical statistical analysis, analysis of variance (ANOVA), and an introduction to ISO certification.

NAN 260 - Nano Techniques (3, 6)

Provides experimental exploration of an authentic scientific research topic under the supervision of a faculty member. This laboratory course is designed to teach the principles and practice of modern experimental nanotechnology.

NAN 299 - Nano Internship (2, 4)

Applies and expands nanoscience skills and knowledge in a research or industrial setting. This will provide students with authentic experiences using nanoscience instrumentation. Students must complete a minimum of 225 contact hours and submit a final report to earn credit hours.

For additional information, please contact the Deans Office, at 708-596-2000 ext. 2204.

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