Nanotechnology is the fascinating microscopic world seen at the atomic level and applied to an enormous variety of industries and new career opportunities. To appreciate the nanoscale, compare the thickness of paper at 100,000 nanometers to the strand of DNA that is 2.5 nanometers, and your fingernail grows about one nanometer every second.

The application of nanotechnology is everywhere - from biopharmaceuticals to biotechnology, electronics to semiconductor fabrication, material and environmental sciences to biochemistry, as well as information storage, energy, medicine, security, food and so much more. As a GCC Nanotech student, you’ll be on the cutting-edge of tomorrow’s high end careers.

In this program of study, you will study electronic device and circuit behavior, basic chemistry, biology and physics, as well as the fabrication techniques used to create micron and submicron scale structures. Techniques covered include reactive ion etching, metallization, thick and thin film deposition and photolithography. This skill set will lead you to jobs in biology, chemistry, electrical engineering, medical and clinical laboratories, and information technology.

Why GCC?

GCC and ECC Partnership

While enrolled in GCC’s Nanotechnology program, you will complete three semesters at GCC, while finishing your fourth semester at ECC. Students will graduate with a degree from GCC and will have your credits seamlessly transfer through SUNY’s open system. As a Nanotechnology student, you will benefit from GCC’s student-centered, small class sizes while taking advantage of ECC’s established program facilities.

Nanotech students

Career Opportunities

Rapid growth in nanotechnology industries has created a strong demand for technicians with training in nanofabrication techniques, characterization of materials and clean room procedures.

Nanotechnology Lab

The Western New York Science Technology and Advanced Manufacturing Park (STAMP), projected to open in Alabama, NY in 2017, is designed for nanotech-oriented manufacturing, advanced manufacturing, and large scale bio-manufacturing projects. With 1366 Technologies, a large, commercial-scale solar wafer production facility as the anchor tenant at the new STAMP facility, an estimated 9,000 new jobs are predicted in Western New York over the next 20 years.

Beyond the new STAMP facilities, many other industries rely on the skills students acquire in nanotechnology, including water purification, healthcare and pharmaceuticals, forensics, security, military and defense, food processing and information storage.

A Nanotechnology AAS degree from GCC will prepare you to enter high-need jobs such as:

  • Biological technician
  • Chemical technician
  • Electrical engineering technicians
  • Medical lab/clinical lab technicians
  • Computer/electronics manufacturing

Transfer Opportunities

Continuing on for further education and credentials is another benefit of launching a career in nanotechnology at GCC, which has numerous transfer agreements with many four-year institutions. Among the colleges and universities that have excellent baccalaureate and/or doctorate programs in nanotechnology are:

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Buffalo
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY-Poly College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • Excelsior College  

Please contact our Transfer Center for more information.