Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and NanoEngineering (BSMSNE) Degree

Program Learning Outcomes (Student Outcomes) for the BSMSNE Degree

Upon completing the BSMSNE degree, students will demonstrate:

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. 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.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Program Educational Objectives for the BSMSNE Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and NanoEngineering (BSMSNE) degree prepares graduates to succeed in professional careers by equipping them with the expertise sought by top graduate schools and corporations. Recognizing that graduates may embark on diverse educational and career paths, the Program Educational Objectives (PEO) that graduates will achieve within a few years of obtaining their Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and NanoEngineering (BSMSNE) degree from Rice University are:

  1. Graduates will demonstrate technical proficiency and professional achievement in their work which may include scientific inquiry as well as problem-solving, process optimization, and/or design in materials engineering and related fields. 

  2. Graduates will be accomplished at communicating and working collaboratively in diverse work environments. 

  3. Graduates seeking post-baccalaureate education will achieve appropriate levels of success in admission to and progression through those programs. Graduates entering professional careers will achieve appropriate career progression and success. 


Requirements for the BSMSNE Degree 

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BSMSNE degree must complete:  

  • A minimum of 30 or 34 courses (90-94 credit hours) depending on course selection to satisfy major requirements.  
  • A minimum of 130-134 credit hours depending on course selection to satisfy degree requirements.  
  • A minimum of 15 courses (38 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 

Students seeking the BSMSNE must complete at least 90 semester hours in general math and science, core, and specialization elective courses within the total requirements of 130 hours.  

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 NanoEngineering 90-94
Total Credit Hours Required for the BSMSNE Degree130-134

Degree Requirements

Required Math and Science Prerequisites
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
CAAM 210INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING COMPUTATION3
CAAM 335MATRIX ANALYSIS3
Select 1 from the following:3
WAVES, LIGHT, AND HEAT
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY DISCUSSION
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
Core Requirements
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
MSNE 407CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT I4
MSNE 408CAPSTONE DESIGN PROJECT II3
MSNE 411METALLOGRAPHY AND PHASE RELATIONS3
MSNE 415CERAMICS AND GLASSES3
MSNE 435CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRACTION3
MSNE 437CRYSTALLOGRAPHY & DIFFRAC LAB1
MSNE 450
MSNE 451
MATERIALS SCIENCE SEMINAR
and MATERIALS SCIENCE SEMINAR
1
Elective Requirements
Select 1 elective course from the Engineering Cluster (see below for course list)3-4
Select 1 elective course from the Math and Science Cluster (see below for course list)3-4
Select 2 elective courses from the Technical Cluster or select additional Engineering Cluster courses (see below for course lists)6-8
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Major in Materials Science and NanoEngineering 90-94
University Graduation Requirements *40
Total Credit Hours130-134

Footnotes and Additional Information

Elective Requirements

To fulfill the remaining Materials Science and NanoEngineering major requirements for the BSMSNE degree, students must complete a total of 4 additional courses (a minimum of 12 credit hours). 1 course (3-4 credit hours) must come from the Engineering Cluster, 1 course (3-4 credit hours) must come from the Math and Science Cluster. The 2 remaining courses (6-8 credit hours) must come from the Technical Cluster or from additional Engineering Cluster coursework.

Engineering Cluster (no MSNE courses)
Select at least 1 from the following:3-4
BIOMATERIALS
PRINCIPLES OF ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
MECHANICS OF SOLIDS AND STRUCTURES
COMPUTATIONAL STRUCTURAL MECHANICS AND FEM
FATE AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAMINANTS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
CHEMICAL KINETICS AND REACTOR DESIGN
TRANSPORT PHENOMENA I
FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING I
and FUNDAMENTALS OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING I LABORATORY
ELECTRONIC MEASUREMENT SYSTEMS
ELECTRONIC MATERIALS AND QUANTUM DEVICES
QUANTUM MECHANICS FOR ENGINEERS
OPTOELECTRONIC DEVICES
SUSTAINABLE DESIGN
ENGINEERING ECONOMICS
ENGINEERING MECHANICS
COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN
FINITE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
HEAT TRANSFER
Total Credit Hours3-4
Math and Science Cluster (no MSNE or Engineering courses)
Select at least 1 from the following:3-4
STARS, GALAXIES, AND THE UNIVERSE
EXPLORATION OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM
INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY
BIOCHEMISTRY I
FUNDAMENTALS OF CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR NEUROSCIENCE
DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
INTRODUCTION TO OPERATIONS RESEARCH AND OPTIMIZATION
THEORETICAL NEUROSCIENCE: FROM CELLS TO LEARNING SYSTEMS
DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS
NUMERICAL ANALYSIS I
ANALYSIS I
COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE I
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY DISCUSSION
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEM DISCUSSION II
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY I
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY II
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY
INORGANIC CHEMISTRY
ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
EARTH SYSTEM EVOLUTION AND CYCLES
ELEMENTS OF ANALYSIS
HONORS LINEAR ALGEBRA
LINEAR ALGEBRA
WAVES, LIGHT, AND HEAT
MODERN PHYSICS
INTERMEDIATE MECHANICS
INTERMEDIATE ELECTRODYNAMICS
INTRODUCTION TO BIOLOGICAL PHYSICS
ELEMENTARY APPLIED STATISTICS
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS FOR BIOSCIENCES
Total Credit Hours3-4
Technical Cluster (MSNE or Engineering courses)1
Select at least 2 from the following (or select additional coursework from the Engineering Cluster):6
NANOMATERIALS FOR ENERGY
PHYSICAL METALLURGY
COMPUTATIONAL MATERIALS MODELING
MICROSTRUCTURE AND NANOSTRUCTURE EVOLUTION
PROPERTIES, SYNTHESIS AND DESIGN OF COMPOSITE MATERIALS
COMPUATIONAL NANOSCIENCE FOR GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE
THIN FILMS
MATERIALS IN NATURE AND BIO-MIMETIC STRATEGIES
COLLOIDAL AND INTERFACIAL PHENOMENA
SCIENCE AND APPLICATIONS OF CORROSION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
MICROSCOPY METHODS IN MATERIALS SCIENCE
MICRO AND NANO HEAT TRANSPORT METHODOLOGIES AND DESIGN
INTRODUCTION TO POLYMER PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING
PROPERTIES OF POLYMERS
NANOMATERIALS AND NANOMECHANICS
Total Credit Hours6
 Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the BSMSNE Degree

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 BSMSNE degree 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 BSMSNE Degree

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 website: https://msne.rice.edu/