Nanoscience Technology Associate in Applied Science
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Nanoscience Technology Associate of Applied Science Degree
Nanoscience Technology

Program Overview

​The Nanoscience Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program prepares students for careers in nanobiotech, nanomaterials and nanoelectronics industries. The program also provides a strong foundation applicable to environmental, energy and agricultural industries. 

The curriculum is a combination of classroom and laboratory experiences, with hands on use of nanoscale equipment in all 4 semesters. Students have several opportunities for individual research and exploration of nanoscale concepts. 

Offered in partnership with the University of Minnesota, the program provides skills and knowledge required for employment in a large number of companies. The Dakota County Technical College (DCTC) program also provides a starting point to four year degrees at multiple institutions in many degree programs. Processes of scientific inquiry, experiment and research design, critical thinking, and communication are aspects that are woven into each course.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN; NANO courses may be offered at Saint Paul College or Dakota County Technical College; Fourth Semester courses at the University of Minnesota

Program Highlights

  • ​Operate scientific instrumentation and techniques at the nanoscale 
  • Identify, formulate, and solve nanoscale problems. 
  • Understand professional and ethical responsibility. 
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and technology in the solution of nanoscale technology problems. 
  • Solve nanoscale problems within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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  • Career Settings

    ​Nanoscience technologists work in multiple business environments including research, production, testing, training and marketing. Often this role is a bridge between scientists, engineers and other technicians. 

    Program graduates may work independently in some aspects but most often are part of a team. Your job will include some desk work but most of your time will be spent in a laboratory environment preparing test samples, microscope operation and testing, documentation and analysis and communication of your results. 

    These technologists do not usually do the same thing for many months at a time. Finally, although nanoelectronics related jobs may occur in a clean room, most of these jobs are in traditional company research environments and labs. The options and work environments are varied and expanding with the United States nanotech market.​

  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and postsecondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. 

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    Nanoscience Technology AAS Degree

    • ​​​​​BA Individualized Studies​, Metropolitan State University​​​

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