As a student in the Wiess School, you join a uniquely collaborative community of scientists who aim to advance our fundamental understanding of the natural world through pioneering research and to empower the next generation of discoverers and leaders through unsurpassed education. Natural Sciences faculty share a deep commitment to education, and the Wiess School is pioneering educational frontiers by incorporating research into more classes and undergraduate students into research laboratories. In the majority of Rice labs today, undergraduates can be found working side-by-side with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to advance the boundaries of human understanding in the natural sciences.
Rice undergraduates of all majors take courses in our six departments as they complete their required and elective courses. Students interested in pursuing a degree in the natural sciences can choose from the 20 majors and seven minors offered in our departments and interdisciplinary programs. In addition to the core curriculum, Natural Sciences offers unique opportunities for undergraduates to engage in cutting-edge research via hands-on lab experience and to participate in department and institute activities. We take pride in the engagement of undergraduates in our activities, and we welcome students of any major to get involved with our programs and to join the Wiess School family.
Graduate programs in the School of Natural Sciences help prepare students for careers in academia, industry, government and business. Students interested in earning a doctorate can choose from programs in applied physics, biochemistry and cell biology, chemistry, earth science, ecology and evolutionary biology, mathematics, physics, and systems, synthetic and physical biology. Alternatively, students can pursue a Professional Master's degree in bioscience and health policy, environmental analysis and decision making, nanoscale science, space studies or subsurface geophysics.