Additional information on the Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering undergraduate option can be found on the Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Option Program Network page.


Admission to the NME option for electrical engineering majors is by self-selection and normally occurs in winter quarter of the junior year, upon completion of all electrical engineering prerequisites and formal admission to the BS electrical engineering major. Students who have completed NME 220 with a minimum grade of 2.0 are eligible. To declare the option, set up an appointment with an EE undergraduate advisor. During this appointment, you will develop a course plan to complete the degree requirements and complete a Change of Major form to formally declare the option.

Degree Requirements

Unless otherwise specified, students completing the NME option are bound by the regular BSEE Degree Requirements. Students are required to complete a six-credit NME Core and have a restricted choice of Major Concentration Area.

Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Core (6 credits)

  • NME 220 Introduction to Molecular and Nanoscale Principles
  • NME 221 Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar I
  • NME 421 Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar III

Electrical Engineering Major Concentration Area (at least 24 credits)

The approved areas for the NME Option is: Advanced Electronic and Photonic Devices or Neural Engineering. Other areas may be announced in the future. The capstone course project in any area selected must be on a topic appropriate for NME.

NME Electives

NME students may also wish to consider the following courses in addition to their Major Concentration Area.

  • EE 423 Introduction to Synthetic Biology
  • EE 424 Advanced Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • EE 425 Laboratory Methods in Synthetic Biology
  • EE 436 Medical Instrumentation
  • EE 486 Fundamentals of Integrated Circuit Technology
  • NME 321 Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Seminar II
  • NME 498 Special Topics in Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering
  • BIOEN/CHEM E 490 Engineering Materials for Biomedical Applications
  • BIOEN/CHEM E 491 Controlled-Release Systems: Principles and Applications
  • BIOEN 492 Surface Analysis
  • CHEM E/BIOEN 467 Biochemical Engineering
  • MSE 481 Science and Technology of Nanostructures

Credits earned for these courses will count towards either Additional EE Electives, Additional College of Engineering Electives or Approved Non-EE Electives, provided that the course meets whatever other requirements apply to a specific elective group.

Additional College of Engineering Electives

The credits earned from the NME Core courses reduce the credits required in this category from 10 to four.


Seminar Courses Applied to Required Credits

NME 221, 321 and 421 do not apply to the 2 credit seminar limit.