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Electrical and Computer Engineering

Bachelor's Program 

Currently, the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering has a total of 84 undergraduate majors.  Of these, 81 are enrolled in BSEE degree program accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.  Three students are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program in Electrical Engineering, which is not an EAC ABET accredited program.  (Rice Fall 2013 census) Although undergraduates are encouraged to declare on earlier, students are not required to declare a major until the spring semester of their second year.  As result, these enrollment figures understate the number of electrical engineering majors.

In academic year 2012-2013, 47 students earned the BSEE degree.


The program leading to the BSEE is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET*, http://www.abet.org. The BSEE degree is the usual degree taken by those Rice University ECE students planning a career of engineering practice. The program for the BSEE requires more hours and greater depth than the BA degree, however it still provides considerable flexibility and can reduce the time required to become a licensed professional engineer. The program leading to the BA Degree is not accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. For more information on professional engineers and licensing, see the Web site of the National Society of Professional Engineers http://www.nspe.org/,and also of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers http://www.tbpe.state.tx.us/.

Accreditation and professional licensing are important for many career paths, and most states (including Texas) require licensure for anyone providing engineering services directly to the public, for example as a consultant.  The Rice School of Engineering encourages engineering students to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam their senior year.  The exam is held at Rice in April, and exam fees are subsidized by the School.  For more information, contact the office of the Dean of Engineering. 

Program Educational Objectives 
The faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department strives to provide high quality degree programs that emphasize fundamental principles, that respond to the changing demands and opportunities of technology, that challenge the exceptional abilities of Rice students, and that prepare these students for roles of leadership in their chosen careers.  In support of this goal, the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department's objectives are to graduate students who: 
  1. Practice Electrical Engineering or related fields, and/or obtain an advanced degree in Electrical Engineering or related fields.
  2. Use mathematical modeling and problem solving skills in ECE and other technical applications.
  3. Analyze, incorporate, and adapt to new technical and scientific developments.
  4. Assume increasing professional responsibility and enhancing communication and teamwork abilities.    
Student Outcomes 
To achieve its objectives, the ECE department continuously evaluates its curriculum, course content, and student performance.  The department uses this information to develop its program so that each of its graduates will be able to:
  1. Gain admission to a high-ranking graduate school, or obtain a position with a leading technology company.
  2. Recognize the need to continue his or her learning after graduation.
  3. Apply the principles of mathematics and science necessary to practice engineering.
  4. Use the fundamental principles of the sub-fields of electrical engineering to solve problems that cross areas.
  5. Practice at an advanced level in at least one of the major sub-fields of electrical engineering.
  6. Function effectively on a design project team, integrating the knowledge gained from courses with independent study to solve real-world problems.
  7. Give an oral presentation of the quality appropriate for a technical meeting, and produce a written project or research report conforming to the standards of industry or publication.
  8. Draw from a broad knowledge of the liberal arts, contemporary issues, and professional ethics in making engineering decisions that consider societal needs and impacts.
  9. Use modern engineering design tools to analyze and interpret experimental data.
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