Undergraduate Courses

Course descriptions can be found through the Rice Course Catalog.

Course Selection
The Office of the Registrar website can provide additional course and classroom information, as well as semester deadlines.

If you need assistance in selecting classes or are wondering about how to receive credit for a course taken at a different institution, please see the links on the left for Undergraduate Advisors and Undergraduate Transfer Credit.

First Year Scheduling
If you are wondering which courses to take during your first year, see the 2023-2024 Undergraduate Advising Booklet, including the section "Which Chemistry Class is Right for Me?"

Course Load Policy
Students at Rice normally enroll for 15 to 17 semester credit hours each semester. For most students, this allows completion of graduation requirements in 8 semesters. In some instances, a student may feel the need to petition for a registration overload. Petitioning for a registration overload should be a last resort and only for students with truly extenuating circumstances that would necessitate a course overload. Guidelines can be found on the Academic Advising website. Students must secure permission in writing from the Office of Academic Advising.