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Nanotechnology - Area of Concentration (AOC)

Are you interested in the future of manufacturing? If so, think small not big. Nanofabrication, the manufacturing of materials, devices, and systems at the atomic level, is the future of manufacturing. Allegany College of Maryland's Nanotechnology program, through its partnership with The Pennsylvania State University, offers you the opportunity to prepare for a career or transfer to a four-year institution.


Man holding model of molecular structureAs a Nanotechnology student, you'll complete 51 credit hours at our college before you transfer to Penn State for your capstone (final) semester. Whether you decide to begin your career with your Associate of Science degree in Nanotechnology or transfer to a four-year institution, you'll have the knowledge and training you need to be successful in nanotechnology and nanofabrication.

You'll earn your 51 credit hours in three semesters of general courses, with a heavy emphasis on science courses. Your capstone semester at Penn State is a block of six courses designed to give you hands-on experience in nanofabrication.

Course Info

As a Nanotechnology program student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses. During your capstone semester at Penn State, you'll take the following six courses:

  • Material Safety and Equipment overview, Nanotechnology
  • Basic Nanotechnology Processes
  • Materials in Nanotechnology
  • Pattering for Nanotechnology
  • Materials Modification in Nanotechnology
  • Characterization & Testing of Nanofabrication Structures and Materials

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog.

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Career Info

Nanotechnology program students enjoy enriching and rewarding careers in the following industries:

  • Computer chip manufacturers
  • Consumer product companies
  • Cosmetic manufacturers
  • Data storage companies
  • Paint formulation companies

*Some of the above careers may require additional training and/or a bachelor's degree.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.


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Faculty/Staff Info
Steven G. Heninger, Professor

Sciences 70

B.A., University Connecticut

M.S. Pennsylvania State University

Stacie M. Rafter, Associate Professor

Bedford County Campus

B.S., Georgia State University

M.Ed., George Washington University