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Last Updated 2016-01-21

Nanotechnology MS

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The Nanotechnology MS program consists of 30 credit hours of graduate courses including 12 credit hours of required (core) courses in nanotechnology, 9 credit hours of elective courses in physics, engineering, chemistry, biology or other related field, 3 credit hours of directed research, and 6 credit hours of thesis research.

From the core courses in nanotechnology and elective courses in related science/engineering areas, students will gain basic and broader understanding of the most advanced techniques, developments and applications of nanoscale materials and devices. From the directed research and thesis research training, the students will gain hands-on experiences to work on problems and product development involving nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Required Courses—15 Credit Hours

Core Courses—12 Credit Hours

Select four courses from the following list of courses.

  • IDS 6250 Introduction to Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6254 Nanofabrication and Characterization (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6252 Biomedical Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6255 Nanotechnology in Energy and Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6253 Bioanalytical Technology (3 credit hours)

Directed Research—3 Credit Hours

Students will receive basic training under the supervision of a NanoScience Technology Center faculty to conduct research, including ethical training, safety training, attending seminar presentations, conducting a literature survey, and using various instrumentation techniques for research.

  • IDS 6918 Directed Research (3 credit hours) 

Elective Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • EMA 5586 Photovoltaic Solar Energy Materials (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5060 Polymer Science and Engineering (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6518 Transmission Electron Microscopy (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5505 Scanning Electron Microscopy (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 6605 Materials Processing Techniques (3 credit hours)
  • EMA 5587C Characterization and Reliability of PV Cells (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5704 Physics of Nanoelectronic Devices (3 credit hours)
  • PHY 5933 Selected Topics in Biophysics of Macromolecules (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 5312 Light Matter Interaction (3 credit hours)
  • OSE 6938 ST: Photonic Polymer Materials (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 5127 Foundation of Bio-Imaging Science (3 credit hours)
  • MCB 5225 Molecular Biology of Disease (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5238 Immunobiology (3 credit hours)
  • PCB 5236 Cancer Biology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6251 Computation, Simulation and Modeling in Nanotechnology (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6256 Principles of Nanostructure Quantum Well, Wires, and Dots (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6257 Fundamentals of Nano Biophysics (3 credit hours)
  • IDS 6258 Advanced Materials for Rechargeable Batteries (3 credit hours)

Thesis—6 Credit Hours

Students will conduct and complete an independent thesis research project under the supervision of a NanoScience Technology Center faculty. The student will defend the thesis at the completion of the study. Students will gain hands-on research experiences on nanomaterial synthesis, nanostructure fabrication and characterization, and application development in their interested areas.

  • IDS 6971 (6 credit hours)

Financial Support

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see Funding for Graduate School, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see Fellowships, which includes descriptions of UCF fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 

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