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Adam Hall

Would doing a degree in chemistry help me in the field on Nanotechnology? Specifically NEMS field


I am currently an undergraduate student at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada studying Engineering Physics. From this program I gain a very similar education as a physics major, yet I also learn so engineering courses. Since I am in the electrical option of my program I take courses in electrical engineering. I also take courses designed specifically for the Engineering physics program such as courses in Computational and Numerical Methods, Thermal physics, Applied Waves and Vibrations and others.

In the future, I wish to pursue graduate studies somewhere in the area of molecular physics/physical Chemistry/NEMS/Nano assembly (I like Eric K. Dexler and have read some of his work) and a R and D career in that (general) field. Although I could go on with this plan with just my Engineering Physics degree, I can also take a 5th year at my school and get my B.SC in Chemistry. With this one additional year (while taking chemistry courses in my remaining 2 years, as I am just finishing my second year now) I would take courses in Organic chemistry, Quantum mechanics from the chemistry point of view, Quantum mechanics applied to Chemical bonding and others.

My question is wether it would be more beneficial to me to to get me B.SC in Chemistry in addition to my engineering physics degree, by taking a 5th year, and then proceed to graduate school, or to not do a dual degree in chemistry and proceed to graduate school with my B.ENG in engineering physics?

Thanks for your help,


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