Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option Program

The NME Option Program offers a discipline-tailored Option in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering to a variety of majors in departments of the College of Engineering (CoE) and the College of Arts and Sciences (CA&S). It introduces students to nanoscale principles in molecular engineering, provides hands-on experience and stresses the interdisciplinary of this field.



Already in the sophomore year, NME students are introduced to the underlying physical concepts of nanoscale science and their implications to engineering. In seminars throughout the program, they achieve an awareness of the nanoscience and molecular engineering research conducted at the UW, and how these efforts are addressing societal challenges and needs. Through hands-on experiences in laboratory courses, independent research, and/or capstone design projects, NME students get the opportunity to test, apply and expand upon their knowledge in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering.


NME Option programs are currently offered by the following departments:

Department Advising Contact
Bioengineering (BioE)
Chemical Engineering (CHEM E)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Materials Science & Engineering (MSE)

NME Option for MSE Undergraduate Majors

Admission: Admission to the MSE NME Option is by self-selection. General admission to the MSE NME Option is upon completion of NME 220, MSE major prerequisites, and admission to the major. Students selecting to apply for the NME Option should indicate so in their Materials Science and Engineering application and discuss their interests and background in the essay.

Program Requirement for the MSE NME Option (20 credits): NME 220, NME 221, NME 321; NME 421; minimum of three additional approved nanoscience and molecular engineering electives. The senior project (MSE 499) must be in an NME area. Contact the MSE Advising Office for the current list of approved electives.

Required NME Option Courses in MSE

NME 220 (4) Lecture: Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles. Offered Spring.
NME 221 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar I. Offered Spring.
NME 321 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar II. Offered Spring.
NME 421 (1) Seminar: Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar III. Offered Spring.

List of Elective Courses†
MSE 452 (3) Functional Properties of Materials 2
MSE 462 (4) Mechanical Behavior of Materials 2
MSE 471 (3) Intro to Polymer Science and Engineering
MSE 473 (4) Noncrystalline State
MSE 475 (4) Introduction to Composite Materials
MSE 481 (3) Science and Technology of Nanostructures
MSE/CHEM 484 (3) Materials Chemistry
MSE/ME/EE 486 (3) Fundamentals of Integrated Circuit Technology
BIOEN/CHEM E 490 (3) Engineering Materials for Biomedical Applications.
BIOEN/CHEM E 491 (3) Controlled-Release Systems: Principles and Applications.
BIOEN 492 / CHEM E 458 (3) Surface Analysis.
CHEM E 455 (3) Surface and Colloid Science Laboratory
CHEM 554 (3) Nanoscience I—Contact Mechanics and Rheology
NME 498 NME Specialty Topics.
Contact the MSE Advising Office for most up-to-date information. Most MSE electives courses are suitable substitutes, but require pre-approval from the MSE Advising Office, if not listed above.

NME Plan of Study for MSE Majors

Required Course Schedule for NME MSE Option
Year 2 –– Spring Quarter NME 220 (4) NME 221 (1)
Year 3 – Post-Admission – Spring Quarter NME 321 (1)
Year 4 – Post-Admission – Fall-Spring MSE 499 (4-5), senior project + presentation
Year 4 --Post-Admission—Fall-Spring--three MSE NME electives (400-level) from above list 3 courses minimum (9 cr.)
Year 4 – Post-Admission – Spring Quarter NME 421 (1)

Suggested Course Schedule for NME MSE Option Electives*
Year 4 – Post-Admission – Winter and Spring Quarters Additional NME Option Elective (3-4 each)


Contact Us

Undergrad Academic Adviser
Sandra Maddox
302A Roberts Hall
(206) 616-6581