Tiny subject matter. Huge opportunities.
Discover how to manipulate individual atoms and molecules in Materials and Nanosciences at Waterloo. As one of the top 10 materials science programs in Canada and top 100 worldwide (QS World University Ranking 2019), this program has lots to offer, including co-op opportunities.
You’ll learn the ins and outs of designing composite materials, ceramics, semiconductor materials, fuel cells, energy storage devices, solar cells, and more. And thanks to small classes, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to connect with other students and professors.
You’ll graduate ready for a career at the forefront of innovation, helping create environmentally friendly, efficient, and cost-effective solutions in fields ranging from aerospace to biomedicine.
Materials and Nanosciences admissions requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics (Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, and/or Physics are recommended)
Admission averages: Low 80s
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How to apply
Apply to Physical Sciences and select Materials and Nanosciences as your major.
First-year Materials and Nanosciences courses
September to December
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
- ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
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.
Sample upper-year courses
Apply via Physical Sciences and select Materials and Nanosciences as your major
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Honours Materials and Nanosciences
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
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 job titles
- Materials lab associate
- Nanoscale optics and photonics research assistant
- Software developer
- Science & math peer tutor
- Undergraduate research assistant
- Quality assurance technician
- Product development assistant
Sample co-op employers
- Xerox Research Centre of Canada
- Harvard University
- CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research
- TRIUMF particle accelerator centre
- SNOLAB neutrino and dark matter physics lab
- Industrial Research Technology Institute (Taiwan)
Waterloo ranks top 10 in Canada for Materials Science
Offered through the Faculty of Science
Recognized as a leading nanotechnology program
Customize your Bachelor of Science degree
You can add additional areas of expertise by including one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students.
What can you do with a degree in Materials and Nanosciences?
Materials and Nanosciences graduates often pursue careers in the energy sector, materials research and development, or go on to conduct their own research in graduate school.
- Specialty Coatings Technician - Vive Nano
- Decontamination Scientist - RTI International
- Materials Scientist - Agilent Technologies
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on careers in science.
Build an awesome résumé
Conduct research in our world-leading Quantum-Nano Centre, or join Waterloo's NanoRobotics Group. If you opt for co-op, you’ll gain valuable skills during your 5 work terms.
Meet other nano-geeks
The student-run Materials and Nanoscience (MNS) Society hosts lab events, social outings, and professional development workshops to equip you with the tools for success.