Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Materials Science and Nanoengineering

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in Materials Science and Nanoengineering, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics. 
  2. An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.
  3. An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  4. An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  5. An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.
  6. An ability to acquire an apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering must complete:

  • A minimum of 20 or 22 courses, depending on course selection, (59 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A minimum of 9 courses (28 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above.  

The BA program in Materials Science and NanoEngineering is highly flexible, involves less technical content than the BS, and allows students greater freedom to pursue areas of interest outside of engineering.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's Official Certifier.) Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering59
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA with a Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering120

Degree Requirements

Required Prerequisites in Materials Science & Nanoengineering
MATH 101SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS I3
or MATH 105 AP/OTH CREDIT IN CALCULUS I
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
or MATH 106 AP/OTH CREDIT IN CALCULUS II
Select 1 from the following:4
MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
and MECHANICS DISCUSSION
HONORS MECHANICS (WITH LAB)
Select 1 from the following:4
ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
and ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM DISCUSSION
HONORS ELECTRICITY & MAGNETISM (WITH LAB)
MATH 211ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS AND LINEAR ALGEBRA3
MATH 212MULTIVARIABLE CALCULUS3
CHEM 121GENERAL CHEMISTRY I3
or CHEM 111 AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
CHEM 123GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I1
or CHEM 113 AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB I
CHEM 122GENERAL CHEMISTRY II3
or CHEM 112 AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
CHEM 124GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II1
or CHEM 114 AP/OTH CREDIT IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY LAB II
Required Courses in Materials Science & Nanoengineering
MSNE 201INTRODUCTION TO NANOENGINEERING3
MSNE 301MATERIALS SCIENCE FOR ENGINEERS3
MSNE 302MATERIALS PROCESSING AND NANOMANUFACTURING3
MSNE 304MATERIALS SCIENCE JUNIOR LAB3
MSNE 311MATERIALS SELECTION AND DESIGN4
MSNE 401THERMODYNAMICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE3
MSNE 402MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS3
MSNE 406PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS3
MSNE 435CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION3
Select 1 course from the following:3
PHYSICAL METALLURGY
METALLOGRAPHY AND PHASE RELATIONS
CERAMICS AND GLASSES
STRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS AND SOFT MATERIALS
ELECTRONIC, OPTICAL AND MAGNETIC PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering59
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements1
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours120

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in Materials Science and Nanoengineering

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: https://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Materials Science and Nanoengineering should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Materials Science and Nanoengineering website: https://msne.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in Materials Science and Nanoengineering

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Fifth-Year Master's Degree Option for Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice undergraduate students have an option to pursue the Master of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MMSNE) degree by adding an additional fifth year to their four undergraduate years of science and engineering studies.

Advanced Rice undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply to the MMSNE degree program during their junior or senior year. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may then start taking some required courses of the master's degree program. A plan of study will need to be approved by the student's undergraduate advisor and the MMSNE program director.

As part of this option and opportunity, Rice undergraduate students:

  • must complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and the master's degree independently of each other (i.e. no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees).
  • should be aware there could be financial aid implications if the conversion of undergraduate coursework to that of graduate level reduces their earned undergraduate credit for any semester below that of full-time status (12 credit hours).
  • more information on this Undergraduate - Graduate Concurrent Enrollment opportunity, including specific information on the registration process can be found here.

Research Opportunities

Many MSNE majors participate in undergraduate research; some even start during their freshman year. To get involved, speak to a MSNE undergraduate advisor or directly to a MSNE faculty member. 

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Materials Science and Nanoengineering website: 
https://msne.rice.edu/