X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Nanoscience (NANO:C)

Administered jointly by the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Physics, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Program Requirements

The Co-op program in Nanoscience is a five year program, including five work terms. Students must complete a Fall, Winter and Summer work term and must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: https://www.recruitguelph.ca/cecs/). Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to adjusting this schedule.

Nanoscience Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule
Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3


Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 Academic Semester 5 COOP*2000 Work Term II COOP*3000 Work Term III
4 Academic Semester 6 Academic Semester 7 COOP*4000 Work Term IV
5 COOP*5000 Work Term V Academic Semester 8 N/A

To be eligible to continue in the Co-op program, students must meet a minimum 70% cumulative average requirement after second semester, as well as meet all work term requirements. Please refer to the Co-operative Education program policy with respect to work term performance grading, work term report grading and program completion requirements.

For additional program information students should consult with their Co-op Co-ordinator and Co-op Faculty Advisor, listed on the Co-operative Education web site.

Credit Summary (22.00 Total Credits)*

4.50 - First year science core

8.00 - Required science courses semesters 3 - 8

0.50 or 1.00 - Restricted electives (either NANO 4900 (1.00) or NANO 4910 (0.50))

2.50 to 3.00 - Approved Science electives (depending on restricted elective chosen above)

1.00 - Liberal Education electives

3.00 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. students. (could be less if restricted electives do not count as science)

2.00 - Co-op Work Terms

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete 16.00 credits in science of which a minimum of 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Note: A minimum of four Co-op work terms including a Summer, Fall, and Winter are necessary to complete the Co-op requirement. *A fifth Co-op work term is optional and if completed, the total number of credits will equal 22.50

The recommended program sequence is outlined below.

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1 - Fall
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
IPS*1500 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics I
NANO*1000 [0.50] Introduction to Nanoscience
Students who are lacking one 4U /grade 12 course in Biology, Chemistry or Physics must take the equivalent introductory course in first semester. The required first-year science courses in that subject should be completed according to the revised schedule of studies available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS
Semester 2 - Winter
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
IPS*1510 [1.00] Integrated Mathematics and Physics II
MATH*1160 [0.50] Linear Algebra I
One of:
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
Semester 3 - Fall
CHEM*2060 [0.50] Structure and Bonding
COOP*1100 [0.00] Introduction to Co-operative Education
MATH*2270 [0.50] Applied Differential Equations
NANO*2000 [0.50] Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials I
PHYS*2330 [0.50] Electricity and Magnetism I
One of:
CHEM*2820 [0.50] Thermodynamics and Kinetics
PHYS*2240 [0.50] Thermal Physics
Semester 4 - Winter
CHEM*2070 [0.50] Structure and Spectroscopy
NANO*2100 [0.50] Synthesis and Characterization of Nanomaterials II
PHYS*2310 [0.50] Mechanics
1.00 electives*
Summer Semester
COOP*1000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term I
Semester 5 - Fall
NANO*3200 [0.50] Nanolithographic Techniques
NANO*3500 [0.50] Thin Film Science
One of:
CHEM*3860 [0.50] Quantum Chemistry
PHYS*3230 [0.50] Quantum Mechanics I
1.00 electives
Winter Semester
COOP*2000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term II
(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*3000)
Summer Semester
COOP*3000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term III
(8-month work term in conjunction with COOP*2000)
Semester 6 - Fall
NANO*4100 [0.50] Biological Nanomaterials
NANO*4700 [0.50] Concepts in Quantum Computing
1.50 electives
Semester 7 - Winter
NANO*3300 [0.50] Spectroscopy of Nanomaterials
NANO*3600 [0.50] Computational Methods in Materials Science
1.50 electives
Summer Semester
COOP*4000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term IV
Fall Semester
COOP*5000 [0.50] Co-op Work Term V
Semester 8 -- Winter
NANO*4200 [0.50] Topics in Nanomaterials
2.00 electives

* To take PHYS*3230 in semester 5, then PHYS*2340 must be selected as an elective in semester 4.

Note: In semesters 7 and 8, the student must select to do either NANO*4900 or NANO*4910.

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