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Students entering the STEM workforce confront constantly increasing skill requirements. Students in this program will gain significant classroom experience in key nanoscience concepts and theories from chemistry, physics, and materials science, as well as actual research experience designing experiments and analyzing and interpreting the data.
Upon admission to the program, each student will meet with an advisory committee comprising three faculty members to discuss his/her interests. The advisory committee will advise the student on course selection and potential research projects that the student may pursue.
Each student will also be assigned an adviser, with whom the student will meet at least once prior to each semester of enrollment.
Students in the M.S. Program in Nanoscience must complete coursework in the following areas:

Quantum Mechanics

All master’s students enrolled in this program must take one course in quantum mechanics: Quantum Mechanics I (PHYS 72500) or Introduction to Quantum Chemistry (CHEM 76000).


All master’s students enrolled in this program must take one course in either inorganic, polymer, or organic chemistry (CHEM 71000, CHEM 73000 or CHEM 75000, respectively).

Nanoscience Theory

All master’s students enrolled in this program will take one required didactic course in nanoscience theory: Solid State Physics (PHYS 74500) or Introduction to Nanotechnology (CHEM 78500).

Practical Nanoscience Laboratory

All master’s students enrolled in this program will take one required hands-on laboratory course in nanoscience, CHEM 79051.

Scientific Writing 

All master’s students in this program will take a required course in Scientific Writing, (NANO 70500), in the fall semester after their first year of study. This course will train them how to critically read the scientific literature and how to describe their research project, experimental approach, materials and methods, data, results, and conclusions for publication.

Capstone Project

For the M.S. degree, a capstone project based on the collection and analysis of experimental research is required. All students will conduct research in the laboratory of one of the participating faculty members for a minimum of two semesters. The research will be conducted in labs at the CUNY ASRC, Brooklyn College, The City College of New York, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College, Queens College, and York College. Thus, NANO 79400 may be repeated for credit, as necessary.
The data collected in NANO 79400 will form the basis for the writing of a master’s thesis in the NANO 79500 Thesis/Capstone course. Students will be required to enroll in this 3-credit course in the final semester towards completion of the degree. The course will entail the writing of the thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. Students may enroll in the thesis/capstone course concurrently with the Advanced Supervised Research or Scientific Writing courses.


Additional choices of elective courses for students in the master’s program will consist of advanced chemistry and physics courses. Such additional electives include Chemical Information Sources (CHEM 78000), Computational Chemistry (CHEM 86921), Metamaterials (PHYS 85200), and Physics of Semiconductors (PHYS 85100). 

Responsible Conduct of Research and Title IX Training

All master’s students enrolled in this program must take the Responsible Conduct of Research workshop, offered biannually by The Graduate Center. This training covers issues of the fabrication of data, plagiarism, attribution of author credit on publication, the relationship between mentors and trainees, and the control of data. This training also covers Title IX issues of sexual harassment, diversity, and inclusion.