Students often ask me where they should go to major in "nanotechnology." As yet, there are few programs that offer a major in such a broad category that could apply to any field from physics to waste management. But, whether you're bound for university, community college or just want to take some classes on the side, there's a growing recognition among educators that all their work is converging on the nanoscale. Those who really want to prepare their students for the future are applying old-school to new-school.
Walters State, the Great Smoky Mountains Community College, for example, knows where its pre-engineering students' careers might take them: "The field of nanotechnology, which involves the creation of high-performance materials and components by integrating atoms and molecules, is introducing entirely new principles to the design process."