Nanotechnology - Chemistry (B.S.)

Bloomsburg University’s nanotechnology option offers students an opportunity to gain additional skills in an advancing technological field with a growing need for skilled workers. This academic track seamlessly follows the chemistry bachelor's of science program.

Nanotechnology gives us the ability to see and manipulate matter atom by atom and create materials, devices and systems with new and unique properties, such as creating nanoparticles for targeted drug delivery and producing odor-free shoes, socks and clothing.

Students finish the nanotechnology option with an 18-credit Capstone Semester at Penn State University, after completing prerequisites at Bloomsburg in chemistry.

Nanotechnology's daily impact

According to the federal government, nanotechnology is likely to change the way almost everything is designed and made — from vaccines to computers to car tires. Nanotechnology products can be found in commonly used items as cell phones, cosmetics and clothing.

Nanotechnology is used to help solve problems by:

  • developing nanoparticles for fluorescence imaging of tumors
  • producing cleaner, more affordable energy
  • detecting and cleanup hazardous chemicals in the environment
  • enabling medical devices that can eliminate the need for surgery
  • making sunscreen and cosmetics more effective
  • ensuring food stays fresher longer
  • creating smaller and faster electronic components


Nanotechnology Capstone Semester

A rapidly growing future

According to the National Science Foundation estimates, two million skilled nanotechnology workers will be needed worldwide by 2015 and one million of them in the U.S. A broad range of industries is interested in hiring graduates of nanotechnology programs — from chemical to pharmaceutical to materials. These industries are increasingly relying upon nanofabrication technology. In addition, nanotechnology was recently listed as one of the 11 Hot College Majors by U.S. News and World Report.