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Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering Option

The Nanoscience and Molecular Engineering (NME) Option, offered by UW’s Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute, provides undergraduates an excellent opportunity to explore nanoscience and molecular engineering while completing their BSEE. The NME option integrates nanoscience and molecular engineering into the existing electrical engineering undergraduate curriculum.


Students may apply for admission to the NME option during winter quarter of their junior year. To declare this option, students must schedule an appointment with an ECE undergraduate adviser.


  • Completion of NME 220 with a minimum grade of 2.0
  • Completion of all electrical engineering prerequisites
  • Admission to the BSEE undergraduate program.

Degree Requirements

Unless otherwise specified, students completing the NME option must complete the regular BSEE Degree Requirements. Students are also required to complete six credits of NME core courses, the Advanced Electronic and Photonic Devices or Neural Engineering concentration and additional College of Engineering electives.

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

Major Concentration Area (24 credits minimum)

The approved concentration area for the NME Option is Advanced Electronic and Photonic Devices or Neural Engineering. Any capstone course project must be on a topic appropriate for 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 toward additional ECE electives, additional College of Engineering electives or approved non-ECE electives, provided that the course meets requirements.

Additional College of Engineering Electives

The six 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 two-credit seminar limit.