The NanoEngineering Program is currently a capped major. Requirements for admission as a NANO major or into NANO courses are the same for transfer students as they are for continuing students (see Admission to the Jacobs School of Engineering). Accordingly, when planning their program, transfer students should be mindful of lower-division prerequisite course requirements, as well as for meeting collegiate requirements.

The following courses are strongly recommended for all engineering transfer students for success in their major. 

  • Calculus I—for Science and Engineering (Math 20A)
  • Calculus II—for Science and Engineering (Math 20B)
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry (Math 20C)
  • Differential Equations (Math 20D)
  • Vector Calculus (Math 20E) or Math 20E Requirement Fulfillment Exam administered through the Math Department
  • Linear Algebra (Math. 18, formerly Math 20F)
  • Complete calculus-based physics series (Physics 2A-B-C-D)
  • General Chemistry with lab experience (Chem 6A-B-C+7L) 

Community college equivalent courses can be found at Students who have taken equivalent courses elsewhere may request to have transfer credit apply toward the department’s major requirements. To receive transfer credit, complete a Student Petition form. For mathematics, chemistry, and physics, the respective department determines transfer equivalencies.

It will take transfer students three years to complete the major requirements for the NanoEngineering Program. 

Every course (except NANO 1, NANO 4, and NANO 199) must be taken for a letter grade.

All NANO core courses are taught only once per year and are scheduled to be consistent with the curriculum shown below.

The courses listed here other than NANO are under the control of other departments. They may not be offered in the quarter shown here.  Each student is responsible for determining the prerequisites, when the courses are to be offered, and making a schedule of taking the courses that fit into his or her own graduation plan.

To view the current and past catalog information, please click here.  All courses are 4-units unless stated below.

Effective Fall 2014:



*NANO 15: This course will be offered in the Fall and may be offered in the Winter Quarters. If you cannot register for NANO 15 in the Fall, you may enroll in MAE 8 in Winter or Spring Quarters, if it is being offered.  

**NANO 106: Effective Winter 2015 for all students who want to switch to the new curriculum: NANO 106 is a course that must be taken if you switch to the new catalog. NANO 106 does not replace ECE 25. If you have not completed ECE 25, then do not take ECE 25 and take NANO 106 instead.

***NANO 107: Effective Winter 2015 for Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who want to switch to the new curriculum: NANO 107 has been approved to be taken if you have not yet taken ECE 35 and ECE 65. If you have completed ECE 35 and ECE 65, do not take NANO 107. If you only have completed ECE 35 (and not ECE 65) then you need to take NANO 107.

1General Education Requirements (forty-eight units): This requirement is intended to fulfill the general education requirements (G.E.) from respective colleges. The forty-eight units are shown for Warren College students as an example to fulfill the general education requirements. Students in other colleges need to adjust the plan to match their own college requirements.

2NanoEngineering Electives (eight units): This requirement must be chosen from among the upper-division NANO courses (NANO 100 - 199) offered by the Department.

3Engineering Focus (twenty units): Students are recommended to select all five engineering electives from within one single major to constitute an engineering focus. However, students are required to take only four of the five courses in one major. Preapproved accepted courses of each of the five focuses are listed hereClick here for sample course work for each track.