Nanoscience (NANO-PHYS)

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Understanding the world at the molecular level is increasingly important for the development of many new technologies. This is the realm of nanoscience, an inherently multidisciplinary approach to the study of materials at the nanoscale. Chemistry and Physics provide novel tools for organizing atoms and molecules into nanostructures, and new insight into their unique properties; Biology provides inspiration as attempts are made to understand nature’s nanotechnology; Mathematics helps tie these together with the common language of science. Nanoscience unites expertise in all these fields to discover, create and characterize new nanostructured materials.

Hidden within this realm of the very small are the answers to the challenges faced by modern society, such as energy conversion, health and disease, nutrition and environmental sustainability. Graduates with a B.Sc. degree in Nanoscience from the University of Guelph will be well prepared to bring their new expertise to solve these issues and have a positive impact on the future.

At Guelph, we have created a unique approach to the study of nanoscience. Fundamental science courses are combined with special courses in nanoscience that provide students with a deep insight into the science of nanostructured materials. In their classroom lectures, professors incorporate their broad nanoscience research experience. Students learn about topics such as nanoparticle synthesis, nanolithography, quantum materials, molecular electronics, bio-nanomaterials, and nanoscale surface science.

The nanoscience learning experience is reinforced and extended by the unique laboratory available to nanoscience students at Guelph. Within the one thousand square foot undergraduate nanoscience laboratory, students learn to synthesize nanoparticles and nanostructures and characterize the materials using a wide range of research-grade nanotools. This gives students practical training on instruments that are commonly used in industry and academic research laboratories. These instruments include a scanning electron microscope, atomic force microscopes, and various optical spectrometers.

Program Details

Bachelor of Science (BSc) Co-op Option
Nanoscience (NANO) Nanoscience (Co-op) (NANO:C)

Further information on the Nanoscience program can be found on the Nanoscience website

What can I do with an Undergraduate Degree in Nanoscience?


  • Laboratory Technologist/Technician
  • Materials Scientist
  • Scientific Equipment Technician/Salesperson
  • R&D Project Manager
  • Chemical Analyst
  • Thin Film Technologist
  • Lithography Process Developer
  • Integrated Circuit Developer
  • Health and Safety Technician
  • Quality Control Inspector
  • Software Developer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Graduate student in physics, chemistry, engineering & materials science

Get more information about the career possibilities, continuing education options, industries looking to hire in this area and other career information on the Recruit Guelph's Nanoscience webpage.