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The Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option helps prepare students for the new age of electronics in which chips integrate mechanical, fluidic, biological and optical components, and where nanometer scale features are forcing changes in the design of transistors and other basic circuit elements. Students in the option receive hands-on experience through laboratory and project work which complements theory.
The Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option is not a nanotechnology degree, but rather is aimed at exposing electrical engineers to important scientific and technological concepts that are changing the natures of electronics, computing and sensing. In this short video, co-founder Dr. John Madden, , introduces the Option. In a second video Dr. Madden discusses the Option in more detail.
You will learn about quantum mechanics, sensor theory, thermodynamics and mechanics that are not normally taught in electrical engineering. These concepts are applied to the understanding of devices and systems. You can also take courses on chip design, optical devices, microelectromechanical systems, transistors and biological nanotechnology as part of the option. Laboratory and project courses provide hands-on experience. Option graduates receive instruction in traditional areas of electrical engineering including circuits, controls, digital systems, communications and power. In addition you will learn about the science and technology that lies behind current and future generations of electronic, optical and miniature mechanical systems.
Nanotechnology is an incredibly broad field that overlaps with chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, and impacts virtually every field of science and engineering. The nanotechnologies of primary interest in this option are current and future devices used in integrated electronic circuits. The particular technology that will be employed in the long term is not clear yet, but what is certain is that quantum mechanical effects are already important and will soon dominate behaviour as device sizes are reduced. Graduates of the Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option use atomic properties to describe nanometer and micrometer sized devices (e.g. transistors) that are often components of millimeter scale systems.
Students who satisfactorily complete the following option will be given recognition as receiving the Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering (Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option).
THIS OPTION IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
The Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option commences in Third Year. Prior to the option students are to complete the Second Year curriculum under the Electrical Engineering Program. Students are required to complete the following curriculum:
Third Year (2013 Frame and later) [If applicable, view 2010, 2011, 2012 Frames*]
EECE 300 (4)
EECE 352 (4)
EECE 356 (4)
EECE 357 or STAT 357 (4)
EECE 364 (4)
EECE 380 (6)
Breadth Electives (8)
Complementary Studies Courses (6)
Total Credits = 40
Fourth Year (2012 Frame and later) [If applicable, view 2010, 2011 Frame*]
APSC 450 (2)
EECE 400 (10)
EECE 401 (3)
EECE 402 (3)
EECE 403 (3)
EECE 450 (3)
Advanced Electives (6)
Technical Electives (3)
Free Electives (3)
Total Credits = 36
A printable PDF version of the electives are available here.