Nanotechnology is the study of science on the nanometer scale and can encompass anything from microelectronics to nanoelectronics to medicine. Its applications are truly endless.  This cutting edge program at Lock Haven University is partly funded by grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and the National Science Foundation.                       

You have four options in pursuing your education in this program:

  • Complete the Applied Physics/Nanotechnology Track.
  • Complete the A.A.S. degree in two years. After graduation, you can enter the workforce or continue for another two years to earn your B.S. degree in                          
  • Biology
  • Biology/chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Geology
  • Engineering (3+2, 4+2 programs)
  • Physics
  • You can major in any of the above B.S. degree programs and also earn your A.A.S. degree with the additional coursework as follows. Two classes are required at LHU totaling five credits plus an 18-credit Summer Capstone Semester at Penn State University for most programs. 
  • You can minor in Nanotechnology if your major is in the sciences.

You will be studying at the state-of-the art $30 million Nanofabrication Center at Penn State for an intense 12-week summer semester which provides the core technical skills and knowledge. The difference in the tuition between Penn State and LHU is paid for by the Commonwealth for PA residents.                       

The interdisciplinary Nanotechnology faculty offer research projects for undergraduates in diverse research areas such as material synthesis, device fabrication, submicron imaging, and electrical and optical characterization. You will be trained to use our advanced equipment and critically analyze the experimental results. Some topics have included dye-sensitized solar cells, nanoparticle platforms for drug delivery systems, polymer light-emitting diodes, scanning probe studies of graphite surfaces, gold nanoparticles as sensors and DNA self-assembled monolayers.