Academic Affairs Committee
October 21, 2002
This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee
concerning proposed curriculum actions. Within the next 10
days, please forward any comments or concerns to the AAC
Chair, Helen Biblehimer, Elliott Hall 203, ext.
The department of Chemistry and Physics has requested the following curricular action:
New Program: B.S. Chemistry Nanotechnology
Rationale for program: The SSHE has created a nanotechnology
initiative. To help this enterprise progress, the SSHE and Pennsylvania
State University have formed a Nanofabrication Manufacturing Technology
(NMT) partnership. This relationship enables adequately prepared students
enrolled in one of the SSHE universities to complete a one semester
(18 credit hour) lab experience in nanotechnology at the Penn State
Nanofabrication Facility. We would like to take advantage of this
opportunity by creating a nanotechnology concentration within the
(i) MA 2231 in the Mathematics block,
The core courses (49 credits) will remain:
The electives will include the one-semester experience at a Nanotechnology
Lab and a choice of Physical Chemistry II, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry,
Qualitative Organic Chemistry or Advanced Organic Chemistry:
This degree program will have 108 credits specified in general education and courses required for the major.
Program Description for Catalog: The B.S. degree in chemistry with nanotechnology concentration is designed for students who want a chemistry education that concentrates on the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology and nanomanufacturing. This degree requires a one semester (18 credit hour) nanomanufacturing lab experience at the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility. Some career opportunities for students completing this program include employment in pharmaceutical, biomedical, semiconductor, microelectronic, and optoelectronic industries. This program is excellent preparation for graduate study in solid-state chemistry, materials science, and microelectronics.
Program Objectives: The program objective is to offer an exciting and challenging alternative degree program that will hopefully result in more chemistry graduates
Demand for Program (attach a market analysis): No market analysis is necessary. Creation of this degree is in accord with the SSHE nanotechnology initiative and is in response to their request to have such degree programs available.
Faculty qualifications: The graduate work of Dr. Antonio Ambrosio was in the discipline of condensed matter physics. This past summer Dr. Ambrosio completed an intensive training session at the Penn State Nanofabrication Facility. Dr. Michael J. Chester was a surface physicist prior to working at Mansfield University. Dr. Gregory Carson has also studied surface chemistry during his educational career.
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