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 apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering. 
  2. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability. 
  3. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems. 
  4. An ability to communicate effectively. 
  5. A knowledge of contemporary issues. 
  6. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice. 

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 (57 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 (26 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 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 NanoEngineering57
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
MATH 102SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS II3
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 121
CHEM 123
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
4
CHEM 122
CHEM 124
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
4
Required Courses in Materials Science & Nanoengineering
MSNE 201INTRODUCTION TO NANOENGINEERING3
MSNE 301MATERIALS SCIENCE3
MSNE 302MATERIALS PROCESSING AND NANOMANUFACTURING3
MSNE 303MATERIALS SCIENCE JUNIOR LAB1
MSNE 311MATERIALS SELECTION AND DESIGN4
MSNE 401THERMODYNAMICS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE3
MSNE 402MECH PROPERTIES OF MATERIALS3
MSNE 406PHYSICAL PROPERTIES OF SOLIDS3
Select 1 from the following:3
METALLOGRAPHY AND PHASE RELATIONS
CERAMICS AND GLASSES
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
MSNE 435CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION3
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering57
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements3
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: http://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.

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.

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. 

Fifth-Year MMSNE Degree Option for Rice Undergraduate Students

Rice undergraduate students have the option to earn the MMSNE degree by adding an additional year after completing their bachelor's degree. Advanced Rice undergraduate students in good academic standing may apply to the graduate program during their junior or senior year. Upon acceptance, depending on course load, financial aid status, and other variables, they may complete part of the course requirements for the MMSNE program during their senior year. A plan of study based on their particular focus area will need to be approved by the program director and the MMSNE advisor. Students who have taken MSNE 401, MSNE 402, MSNE 406, MSNE 409 and/or MSNE 435 may request to waive the core course requirements on MSNE 503, MSNE 502, MSNE 506, MSNE 509 and/or MSNE 535, respectively, and replace them with other courses upon the approval of the MMSNE advisor.

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

  • must complete the requirements for their bachelor's degree and the MMSNE degree independently of each other (i.e., no course may be counted toward the fulfillment of both degrees).
  • should be aware of the 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 (12 credit hours) status.

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