Nanoscience, Ph.D.

For information regarding deadlines and requirements for admission, please see the Guide to Graduate Admissions.

In addition to the application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit a personal statement indicating their interest in the program and a current curriculum vitae.

Qualified applicants with a B.S. degree in an area related to Nanoscience (physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science, or engineering) and, as a minimum, completed calculus through differential equations may apply to the Ph.D. program.

Degree Program Requirements

Required: 49 credit hours

Foundations of Nanoscience Courses (6 credits)
NAN 700Principles of Nanoscience I: Physical, Chemical, and Biological Foundations3
NAN 706Principles of Nanoscience II: Analytical, Statistical, and Computational Foundations3
Advanced Nanoscience Courses (12 credits)
Select one concentration option (12 credits) from the following:12
Without a concentration
Principles of Quantum and Solid State Physics
Mathematical Methods in Modeling Complex Systems
Systems and Synthetic Biology
Nanomaterials Chemistry
Physical Biology
Two approved elective courses (6 credits)
Synthetic Biology Concentration
Material Science and Nanomaterials Concentration
Additional Required Courses (13 credits)
NAN 707Lab Protocols and Practice 16
NAN 708Science Communications 16
NAN 710Scientific Integrity 1
Dissertation Research (18-30 credits)
NAN 790Doctoral Research 26
NAN 799Nanoscience Dissertation Research 312-24
Total Credit Hours49
1

Students must complete NAN 707 and  NAN 708 twice each for a total of 6 credits each.

2

Students must take NAN 790 twice for a total of 6 credits.

3

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits in NAN 799.

Materials Science and Nanomaterials Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)
Select two courses (6 credits) from the following:6
Principles of Quantum and Solid State Physics
Mathematical Methods in Modeling Complex Systems
Nanomaterials Chemistry
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select two courses (6 credits) from the following: *6
Nanotechniques
Macromolecular and Supramolecular Chemistry
Spectroscopy Methods in Nanoscience
Biomimetics and Biomaterials
Nanoscale Reactions
Materials, Syntheses, and Processes by Design
Computational Quantum Nanochemistry
Total Credit Hours12
*

Or elective course approved by the student's committee and advisor.

Synthetic Biology Concentration

Required Courses (6 credits)
Select two courses (6 credits) from the following:6
Systems and Synthetic Biology
Nanomaterials Chemistry
Physical Biology
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Select two courses (6 credits) from the following: *6
Nanomedicine
Molecular Biology in Nanosciences
Introduction to Stem Cell Biology and Ethics
Immunology
Biomimetics and Biomaterials
Nanomechanics
Total Credit Hours12
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Or elective course approved by the student's committee and advisor.

Required Milestones*

  • Residency (Immersion)
  • Plan of Study
  • Research Competency
  • Comprehensive Exam (Written & Oral)
  • Dissertation Proposal
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Dissertation Defense
  • Filing the Final Approved Dissertation
  • Publication of at least one Peer-Reviewed Manuscript
  • Annual Committee Meetings
  • Attendance and Participation in Departmental Seminar Program
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General information about milestones for doctoral programs is available in Section III of the Graduate Policies page in the University Catalog. For information about how milestones are accomplished for a specific program, please refer to the doctoral program's handbook.

Accelerated B.S. in Physics to Ph.D. in Nanoscience

Application and Admission

Qualified UNC Greensboro undergraduate students who are pursuing the B.S. in Physics may apply for admission to the accelerated B.S. to Ph.D. in Nanoscience. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 credits earned at UNC Greensboro is required. Students must also maintain a 3.5 GPA in the courses listed under Major Requirements and Additional Area Requirements in the undergraduate program. Applicants will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) during the second semester of their junior year. Applicants must have completed at least 60 credits before applying for admission to the accelerated program. During the summer after their junior year applicants will complete the accelerated program information when applying for admission to the Ph.D. degree program.

Courses

Admitted students may apply the following 12 credits of graduate-level course work toward completion of both the undergraduate and graduate degree, provided that they earn a grade of B (3.0) or better in each course and fulfill graduate-level requirements:

NAN 601Nanomaterials Chemistry 3
NAN 602Physical Biology3
NAN 603Principles of Quantum and Solid State Physics 3
NAN 605Mathematical Methods in Modeling Complex Systems 3

Please consult with an advisor to determine how the courses taken at the graduate level will meet requirements in the bachelor's degree program. All degree requirements for the Ph.D. in Nanoscience remain the same.