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BC3 Academic Catalog: 2014-2015 
BC3 Academic Catalog: 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nanofabrication Technology, A.A.S.

Nanofabrication Technology (324)
Associate in Applied Science Degree

This program provides the student with a comprehensive background in microelectronics and nanofabrication technology. The student will study electronic device and circuit behavior, basic chemistry and fabrication techniques used to create micron and submicron scale structures. Techniques covered include electron beam epitaxy, plasma etching, reactive ion etching, metallization, thick and thin film deposition and photolithography. Typical opportunities for graduates include employment as microelectronic fabrication technologists, research assistants, materials research technicians, and semiconductor fabrication technicians. Three semesters are completed at Butler County Community College while the final semester is administered at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Materials Research Laboratory (see NOTE at bottom of planner).

NOTE: Courses listed in the first/third semester will be scheduled for the fall; second/fourth semester courses will be scheduled for the spring. The student is encouraged to use the curriculum planner to keep track of courses taken and those still needed. In some cases, one or more courses may be taken in a different order than indicated on the planner. However, individual course prerequisites must be observed.

Prerequisites/Corequisites – Some courses require another course be taken beforehand or at the same time. To check if a course has a prerequisite or corequisite, see the course description.


Minimum - 71 credits


1 Calculus I and II (MATH 221, MATH 222) OR College Algebra (MATH 101) and Trigonometry and Functions (MATH 102) OR Elementary Functions (MATH 108) and Calculus I (MATH 221) may be substituted for Technical Mathematics I and II (MATH 117, MATH 118).

 Part-time students may take DC Circuits (ELEC 101) and AC circuits (ELEC 102) in place of Electrical Fundamentals (ELEC 110).

3 Courses offered at Pennsylvania State University, Nanofabrication Facility, Main Campus.

4 Physical Wellness is highly recommended.

5 Must take 2 credits minimum for the Physical Education option.

NOTE:  Students in the program who do not meet the eligibility requirements to be selected for the fourth semester at the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) or choose not to attend the capstone fourth semester at PSU will take the following courses in their fourth semester: Power Systems and Maintenance (ELEC 230), Communication Electronics (ELEC 251), Linear Circuit Analysis (ELEC 291), Physics II (PHYS 102), and Individual Research Project (ELEC 250). Upon completion of a Humanities or Social Science elective in the summer semester that follows, these students will earn an Associate Degree in Electronics Technology.