Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Department of NanoEngineering focuses on nanoscale science, engineering, and technology that have the potential to make valuable advances in different areas that include, to name a few, new materials, biology and medicine, energy conversion, sensors, and environmental remediation. Nanoengineering is a highly diversified and multidisciplinary field. The graduate research programs cover a broad range of topics, but focus particularly on biomedical nanotechnology, nanotechnologies for energy conversion and storage, computational nanotechnology, and molecular and nanomaterials. Undergraduate degree programs focus on integrating the various sciences and engineering disciplines necessary for successful careers in the evolving nanotechnology industry.

The Department of NanoEngineering offers undergraduate programs leading to the B.S. degrees in Nanoengineering and Chemical Engineering. The Chemical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. The NanoEngineering program is newly introduced, but the program is designed using ABET accreditation criteria; the Department will apply for accreditation once there are graduates to measure the program outcomes. These two-degree programs have very different requirements and are described in separate sections.

B.S. NanoEngineering

The new NanoEngineering Undergraduate Program became effective Fall 2010.  At UC San Diego, the NanoEngineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET

B.S. Chemical Engineering

At UC San Diego, the Chemical Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  The Chemical Engineering undergraduate program is housed within the NanoEngineering Department. The Program is made of faculty from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Department of Bioengineering and the Department of NanoEngineering. The curricula at both the undergraduate and graduate levels are designed to support and foster chemical engineering as a profession that interfaces engineering and all aspects of basic sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology). As of Fall 2008, the Department of NanoEngineering has taken over the administration of the B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.

Policies and Procedures for Undergraduate Students

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the major, students should consult the catalog or NanoEngineering website for their program of study or their undergraduate/graduate advisor if they have questions. The program plan may be revised in subsequent years, but revisions involving curricular requirements require approval by the Undergraduate/Graduate Affairs Committee. Because some course and/or curricular changes may be made every year, it is imperative that students consult with the department’s student affairs advisors on an annual basis.

Students can meet with the academic advisors during walk-in hours, schedule an appointment, or through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC)

Program Alterations/Exceptions to Requirements

Variations from or exceptions to any program or course requirements are possible only if the Undergraduate Affairs Committee approves a petition before the courses in question are taken. 

Independent Study

Students may take NANO 199 or CENG 199, Independent Study for Undergraduates, under the guidance of a NANO or CENG faculty member. This course is taken as an elective on a P/NP basis. Under very restrictive conditions, however, it may be used to satisfy upper-division Technical Elective or Nanoengineering Elective course requirements for the major. Students interested in this alternative must identify a faculty member with whom they wish to work and propose a two-quarter research or study topic.