Nano means 10-9, a nanometer is one-billionth of a meter or the length of 10 atoms of hydrogen standing side by side, and nanotechnology is the development of technologies in the nanoscale range from 1 to 100 nanometers. This is incredibly small!

Ivy Tech's Nanotechnology program provides you with the skills needed to work as a technician in this emerging field. In this program, you will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of Ivy Tech faculty, perform experiments with the state-of-the-art equipment in Ivy Tech's Nanotechnology Laboratory, use the University of Notre Dame Nanofabrication Facility (NDNF), have the opportunity to conduct research at Notre Dame under the supervision of its internationally recognized faculty, and eventually earn an associate of science degree in Nanotechnology.

Mission Statement
The impact of nanotechnology embodies virtually every area in modern technology, from the electronics industry to drug delivery in medicine, from biosensors to energy production. This rapid growth demands a skilled workforce in the form of researchers, engineers, technicians, and entrepreneurs. In response to this demand, the Nanotechnology Program at Ivy Tech Community College provides students with a deep understanding of nanotechnology concepts, skills in performing nanotechnology processes, and proficiency in operating the equipment. Team building, problem solving, project organization, and research skills are among the professional skills which are taught in the Nanotechnology Program.

After graduation you will have ample career opportunities in nanotechnology-related industries. According to the National Science Foundation, approximately two million nanotechnology workers will be needed worldwide by 2015. Moreover, nanotechnology has the potential to create five million additional related jobs overall in the global market by 2015. As a skilled technician, you can work in high-tech fields such as electronic, pharmaceuticals, chemical, and biomedical industries, to name a few.

You will also have an exciting opportunity to continue your education at Purdue University-North Central after graduating from Ivy Tech. Our articulation agreement with Purdue allows you to transfer all your associate of science credits to Purdue-North Central toward a bachelor's degree in Engineering Technology. This means even more career opportunities as well as a path to graduate school.

Transfer Degree:

Associate of Science (60 credit hours = 4 semesters)

Courses you will take


Your advisor will help you select electives for your program. Statewide electives, Transfer General Education Core (TGEC) electives, and Transfer Cluster electives vary by degree.

Transfer Options

To find out information about your transfer options to public and private universities, contact your academic advisor or the Transfer Office at your local Ivy Tech campus. You are also encouraged to contact the university in which you plan to transfer.

This course schedule is based on full-time attendance for students who have demonstrated college readiness. Please review our course schedules for full-time with college prep courses, part-time and part-time with college prep courses.

NOTE: The number of credits required for a degree or certificate is based on students who are program-ready and does not include College Prep courses. Availability of degrees and certificates varies by campus.

The Nanotechnology program is offered at the following Ivy Tech campuses:

North Central (South Bend)

For more information, please contact:
Abdollah Aghdasi
Chair of Nanotechnology Program
574-289-7001 ext. 6355

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