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Materials and Nanosciences at Waterloo

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.

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

    About the program

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    Graduation cap Earn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Materials and Nanosciences

    How to apply

    First-year courses

    September to December

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

    January to April

    MNS 10 - Materials and Nanosciences Seminar
    MNS 102 - Techniques for Materials and Nanosciences
    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
    1 elective


    After first year

    About half of the classes you’ll take will be Materials and Nanosciences courses with about the other half being Chemistry, Math and Physics courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

    View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

    Customize your degree

    You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor/minors as part of your degree.



    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


    Graduates of our program include:

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

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