Undergraduate Admission
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Majors, Minors and Flexible Distribution Requirements

Rice offers more than 50 undergraduate majors across six divisions of study, including Architecture, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. Additionally, minors, interdisciplinary and preprofessional programs complement our comprehensive curriculum, with multiple opportunities for research and collaboration. You can learn more about each major and minor by clicking on the links below.

Majors list by School


School of Architecture
Architecture
Architectural Studies


George R. Brown School of Engineering
Bioengineering Electrical and Computer Engineering
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Materials Science and NanoEngineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Computational and Applied Mathematics Statistics
Computer Science


School of Humanities
Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations History
Art History Latin American Studies
Asian Studies Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Classical Studies Philosophy
English Religious Studies
French Studies Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
German Studies Visual and Dramatic Arts
Hispanic Studies (includes Spanish and Portuguese)


In addition to the majors listed above, the School of Humanities also offers courses in the following areas (but not an academic major): Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese and Russian.


The Shepherd School of Music
Composition Music Theory
Music History Performance


Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Astronomy Earth Science (Geology/Geophysics)
Astrophysics Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Biochemistry and Cell Biology Environmental Studies
Biological Sciences Kinesiology
Chemical Physics Mathematics
Chemistry Physics


School of Social Sciences
Anthropology Policy Studies
Cognitive Science Political Science
Economics Psychology
Linguistics Sociology
Managerial Studies Sport Management
Mathematical Economic Analysis


Minors, Interdisciplinary and Preprofessional Programs


Minors
African Studies Global Health Technologies
Anthropology Jewish Studies
Biochemistry and Cell Biology Mathematics
Business Naval Science (Navy ROTC)
Computational and Applied Mathematics Neuroscience
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Politics, Law and Social Thought
Energy and Water Sustainability Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities
Environmental Studies Sociology
Financial Computation and Modeling Statistics


Interdisciplinary Programs
Air Force Science (Air Force ROTC) Military Science (Army ROTC)
Certificate for Civic Leadership Rice Certificate for Engineering Leadership
Rice/UT Health Public Health Scholars Program Writing and Communication
4+1 Master's in Global Affairs 4+1 Master's in Teaching


Preprofessional Programs and Advising
Education (Secondary Teaching Certificate) Pre-Law (Advising)
Pre-Business (Advising) Pre-Medicine (Health Professions Advising)




Flexible Distribution Requirements

With the goal of giving undergraduates a broad education beyond their major, Rice has established flexible distribution requirements as part of the requirements for graduation. By the time they graduate, students must take 12 hours each in the fields of humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences. Rice builds flexibility into the requirements so that students have the freedom to select the courses that interest them most.

Visit Rice's General Announcements website for more information on graduation requirements for your degree.