Information for

Materials and Nanosciences at Waterloo

At a glance

  • Available as a regular or co-op program
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Materials and Nanosciences
  • Offered by the Faculty of Science
  • Waterloo's Materials Science program is ranked in the top 100 worldwide (QS World University Rankings 2016)

About Materials and Nanosciences

Explore the world of nanosized materials, learning how to manipulate individual atoms and molecules. Learn about composite materials, ceramics, semiconductor materials, fuel cells, energy storage devices, solar cells, and more.

Materials and Nanosciences will prepare you for careers in industrial or commercial settings where composite materials, coatings, ceramics, semiconductor materials, fuel cells, energy storage devices, and solar cells are involved.

You'll be able to explore careers in teaching and research positions within universities or governments, as well as continue your education into a wide range of graduate programs.

Student in lab coat working at bench in lab

Develop a deeper understanding of materials, biomaterials, and nanomaterials as well as learn about their use and implications for society.

    How to apply

    First-year courses

    September to December

    MNS 10 - Materials and Nanosciences Seminar
    CHEM 120/120L - Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Laboratory
    PHYS 121/121L - Mechanics/Laboratory
    MNS 101 - Materials and Nanosciences in the Modern World
    MATH 114 - Linear Algebra for Sciences
    MATH 127 - Calculus for the Sciences

    January to April

    MNS 10 - Materials and Nanosciences Seminar
    CHEM 123/123L - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Laboratory
    PHYS 122/PHYS 132L - Waves, Electricity and Magnetism/Laboratory
    MATH 128 - Calculus 2 for the Sciences
    MNS 102 - Techniques for Materials and Nanosciences
    One elective

    What other courses will you take?


    By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.

    Sample co-op positions

    • Novel Materials Synthesis, Xerox Research Centre of Canada
    • Product Development Assistant, KIK Custom Products
    • Chemical Research and Development, Quadrise Ltd
    • Materials Lab Associate, Blackberry

    Co-op work/study sequences

      Fall Winter Spring
    First year School School Off
    Second year School Co-op School
    Third year Co-op School Co-op
    Fourth year Co-op School Co-op
    Final year School School  

    Fall = September to December, Winter = January to April, Spring = May to August
    School = 4-month school term
    Co-op = 4-month co-op work term
    Off = You can make your own plans for that term (work, travel, vacation, etc.)


    Graduates of our program include:

    • Specialty Coatings Technician, Vive Nano
    • Decontamination Scientist, RTI International
    • Materials Scientist, Agilent Technologies

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