The Ph.D. in Nanoscience requires a minimum of 60 credit hours and is designed to prepare students to take positions in industrial, governmental, or academic research settings by providing a solid background in nanoscience theory and experimental techniques through course work and dissertation research. Advanced elective courses in nanoscience areas ensure students will have substantial depth of understanding in their area of interest and enable them to effectively carry out advanced nanoscience research.
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 BS 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 PhD program.
Degree Program Requirements
Required: 60 credit hours
|Fundamentals of Nanoscience Courses||15|
|Mathematical Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering|
|Professional Development Seminars||2|
|Professional Development Seminar I|
|Professional Development Seminar II|
|Advanced Nanoscience Electives||15|
Select 15 credits of electives
|Nanoscience Dissertation Research|
In the first two semesters of study, students will rotate through four research labs (seven weeks in each lab, for 4 credits of NAN 611 in total) to become familiar with research at JSNN and to provide training in laboratory techniques needed for dissertation research. With the advice of the advisor/committee and permission of the faculty member responsible for the lab, students will select labs based on their interests.
Students will take a qualifying exam on their knowledge of the fundamentals of nanoscience at the end of their first year of full-time enrollment or no later than the completion of 18 credit hours. Students must successfully pass the qualifying exam in order to continue in the Ph.D. program.
Advanced Nanoscience Electives
Students will select 15 credits of doctoral (700-level) elective courses from the following areas: physics, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, mathematics, computer science, biology, and environmental science. Students may substitute NAN 799 Nanoscience Dissertation Research for 6 credits of electives with the consent of the student’s advisor/committee.
Written and oral preliminary examinations of the student's knowledge of the specialization area and of research methods, design, and statistical analyses must be passed prior to commencing the dissertation.
By the end of the first year, students will select a dissertation advisor with the objective of preparing a dissertation proposal by the end of the second year. Students will present their proposals to a general JSNN audience in the form of a seminar and defend the proposal in the form of an oral exam.
Dissertation research begins in the second year and students will take a minimum of 3 credits of dissertation research each semester.
Students will complete a written dissertation of their research and give a public oral presentation of the completed work. The defense must occur in the same term that the student applies for graduation.
Students entering the Ph.D. with a M.S.
For students continuing from the M.S. program at UNCG, only courses with grades of B or better may count toward the Ph.D. degree; grades below B in courses that were counted toward the M.S. degree must be replaced by either re-taking the same course or by earning a grade of B or better in another course that the Nanoscience Director of Graduate Study formally determines to be an equivalent course (upon consultation with the instructor(s) of the course in the School of Nanoscience).
Students who completed their M.S. in Nanoscience at UNCG will have already completed the majority of the required Fundamentals of Nanoscience, Laboratory Rotations, and Professional Development Seminars. Therefore, their program of study will include primarily Advanced Nanoscience Electives and Dissertation Research credit hours.
Students who receive an M.S. from another institution will submit syllabi, thesis document, and other materials for review to determine the portability of their MS degree. Typically, students earn credit for the M.S. degree and must complete remaining Ph.D. requirements and a minimum of 30 credit hours at UNC Greensboro.
A minimum of 60 credit hours (inclusive of the M.S.) is required for the Ph.D. degree.
Accelerated B.S. in Physics to Ph.D. in Nanoscience
Qualified UNC Greensboro undergraduate students who are pursuing the B.S. in Physics may apply for admission to the Accelerated Degree Program (ADP). A cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5 based on at least 30 credit hours 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 Bulletin. 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 credit hours before applying for admission to the ADP. During the summer after their junior year applicants will submit the Request for Accelerated Degree Program to The Graduate School, and simultaneously apply for admission to the graduate degree program.
Admitted students may apply the following 12 credits of graduate-level coursework 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 605||Mathematical Methods in Nanoscience and Nanoengineering||3|
Degree Program Requirements
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.