Materials Science & Nanoengineering

Materials Science & Nanoengineering

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Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering (MSNE)

Phone: 713.348.3698

Prospective Undergraduate Students


Rice University combines the opportunities of a top-ranked research institution with the collaborative feel of a liberal arts college. With a wide-ranging, interdisciplinary curriculum, the University and the School of Engineering prepare students for the challenges of the 21st century. Our engineers are taught to embrace creative problem-solving techniques, hone leadership skills and use their engineering abilities to tackle real-world issues. Through classroom instruction and myriad hands-on research opportunities, our undergraduates leave Rice ready to succeed in industry and academia.

Here, you will work with like-minded students in a collaborative environment, where you will get to know your professors and classmates. Team projects give you the change to showcase your entrepreneurial spirit. And access to research opportunities will let you take part in developing products and gaining real-world experience that help you reach your goals as an engineer. You’ll do all of this in state-of-the-art facilities. 

Enrollments and degrees awarded for the degree programs in the Engineering School are available at

The Department of Materials Science and NanoEngineering offers two undergraduate degree options: 

Bachelor of Arts
The B.A. degree program is less technical than the BSMSNE and allows students more flexibility in exploring disciplines and areas of interest outside engineering. This degree is recommended for students who intend to enter professions such as the law or medicine rather than work as practicing engineers. 

Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and NanoEngineering
The B.S. degree prepares students for the professional practice of engineering or graduate studies in engineering.

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Want to see for yourself what being a Rice engineer is like? Come visit us. We offer information sessions nearly every Monday.

All undergraduate admissions decisions and regulations are made the Rice University's Office of Admission. Please visit the Admission home page for further information and to apply

Leadership and Design

The Rice Center for Engineering Leadership was established to prepare students to take on leadership positions, whether they become practicing engineers, enter other professions or continue their studies in graduate school. The Leadership Certificate Program gives structure to developing leadership skills through course-work, hands-on activities and internships. The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen is open to all engineering undergraduates for design courses and club projects. The focus of engineering design at Rice is making lives better—on campus, in Houston and beyond.