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 pre-professional 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
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 Latin American Studies
Art History Medieval and Modern Studies
Asian Studies Philosophy
Classical Studies Religion
English Spanish and Portuguese
French Studies Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality
German Studies Visual and Dramatic Arts

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, 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 Science
Biological Sciences Kinesiology
Chemical Physics Mathematics
Chemistry Physics

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

Minors, Interdisciplinary and Pre-professional Programs

African Studies Jewish Studies
Anthropology Mathematics
Biochemistry and Cell Biology Medical Humanities
Business Museums and Cultural Heritage
Cinema and Media Studies Naval Science (Navy ROTC)
Computational and Applied Mathematics Neuroscience
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Physics
Energy and Water Sustainability Politics, Law and Social Thought
Engineering Design Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities
Environmental Studies Sociology
Financial Computation and Modeling Statistics
Global Health Technologies  

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

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.