Nanotechnology and Microsystems

Nanotechnology and Microsystems courses helps prepare students for the new age of electronics in which chips integrate mechanical, fluidic, biological and optical components, and where nanometer scale features are forcing changes in the design of transistors and other basic circuit elements. Students in the option receive hands-on experience through laboratory and project work which complements theory.

The Nanotechnology and Microsystems  MINA introduction by John Madden courses aim to exposing electrical engineers to important scientific and technological concepts that are changing the natures of electronics, computing and sensing. In this short video, co-founder Dr. John Madden, , introduces the Nanotechnology and Mircosystems. In a second video Dr. Madden discusses these courses in more detail.


Why Nanotechnology and Microsystems?

You will learn about quantum mechanics, sensor theory, thermodynamics and mechanics that are not normally taught in electrical engineering. These concepts are applied to the understanding of devices and systems. You can also take courses on chip design, optical devices, microelectromechanical systems, transistors and biological nanotechnology as part of the option. Laboratory and project courses provide hands-on experience. Option graduates receive instruction in traditional areas of electrical engineering including circuits, controls, digital systems, communications and power. In addition you will learn about the science and technology that lies behind current and future generations of electronic, optical and miniature mechanical systems.

Nanotechnology is an incredibly broad field that overlaps with chemistry, physics, biology and materials science, and impacts virtually every field of science and engineering. The nanotechnologies of primary interest in this option are current and future devices used in integrated electronic circuits. The particular technology that will be employed in the long term is not clear yet, but what is certain is that quantum mechanical effects are already important and will soon dominate behaviour as device sizes are reduced. Graduates of the Nanotechnology and Microsystems Option use atomic properties to describe nanometer and micrometer sized devices (e.g. transistors) that are often components of millimeter scale systems.

Course Selection

If you were admitted to second year in Electrical Engineering in September 2013 (or earlier) and were also admitted to the Microsystems & Nanotechnology Option then you can find the relevant curriculum structure  below.


Third Year (2013 Frame and later) [If applicable, view 2010, 2011, 2012 Frames*]
ELEC 301 (4)
ELEC 311 (4)
ELEC 315 (4)
ELEC 321 or STAT 357 (4)
ELEC 391 (6)
Breadth Electives (8)
Complementary Studies Courses (6) 
Total Credits = 40


Fourth Year (2012 Frame and later)  [If applicable, view 2010, 2011 Frame*]
APSC 450 (2)
ELEC 461 (3)
ELEC 462 (3)
ELEC 463 (3)   
ELEC 481 (3)
ELEC 493 (10)
Advanced Electives (6)
Technical Electives (3)
Free Electives (3)
Total Credits = 36

*The frame generally refers to the year in which you entered year 2 of ECE.


A printable PDF version of the electives are available here.


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