Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering 2013-2014
The BA degree provides a basic foundation in Electrical
and Computer Engineering that is highly flexible, permitting a student to
tailor the program to his or her interests be they broad or highly
focused. Because of its flexibility and
large number of free electives, the BA can be combined easily with courses from
other departments to create an interdisciplinary program. This may be particularly appropriate for
students planning further study in law, business, or medicine. The Program leading to the BA Degree is not
accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET.
See the section in the General
Announcements for the general university degree requirements. A BA program must have a total of at least 121 semester hours and include
the following courses. A course can
satisfy only 1 program requirement.
Students who place out of required courses without transcript credit
must substitute other approved courses in the same area. Current degree requirements and planning
sheets may be found www.ece.rice.edu
Distribution Requirements: Groups
I and II
and Science Courses:
ELEC 261 Electronic Materials and Quantum Devices
ELEC 303 Random Signals Note: Elec 303 is required for BA; must have instructor's approval
MATH 101 Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 102 Single Variable Calculus II
MATH 212 Multivariable Calculus
MATH 355 Linear Algebra or CAAM 335 Matrix Analysis
PHYS 101 Mechanics
PHYS 102 Electricity and Magnetism
ECE Core Courses
ELEC 220 Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
ELEC 241 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I
ELEC 242 Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II
ELEC 305 Introduction to Physical Electronics
ELEC 326 Digital Logic Design
Computation Course: One from
CAAM 210 Introduction to Engineering Computation
COMP 140 Computational Thinking (COMP 140 is recommended for the Computer Engineering Area)
Design: Students choose one of the approved design laboratory courses typically based on their Specialization Area:-
a) ELEC 327 Implementation of Digital Systems for Computer Engineering Area.
b) ELEC 332 Electronic Systems Principles and Practice for Systems Area.
c) ELEC 327 or ELEC 332 for Neuroengineering Area.
d) ELEC 364 Photonic Measurements: Principles and Practice for Photonics and Nanoengineering Area.
Note: that the required Design Laboratory does not count as specialization.
Specialization: For the BA
Program, a minimum of 4 Specialization Area courses, including 2 or more in one
area, and courses from at least two areas are required. Each course must be at least 3 semester
hours. The department may add or delete
courses from the areas, and graduate courses and equivalent courses from other
departments may be used to satisfy area requirements with permission. Note: Graduate courses, in the 500
level series, can often count as specialization courses with Advisor's
approval. Consult with department
advisors and the ECE web site: www.rice.edu for the latest area courses.
- ELEC 301 is a required
course for the BSEE degree; however ELEC 301 can count as a specialization
course for the BA degree.
- If the Design Laboratory
requirement (ELEC 327, 332, or 364) is satisfied with the lab in their chosen
Major Specialization Area, then the student takes 2 of 4 courses in their
chosen Major Specialization Area. However, if the Design Laboratory requirement
is satisfied with the lab in their Minor Area, then it is recommended that the
student takes 3 (three) of 4 courses in their chosen Major Specialization Area.
It is important to consult a departmental advisor in this situation or if
interested in taking a second Design Laboratory course
Engineering: ELEC 323†,
342, 345, 419, 420†, 421†, 424, 425, 427, 429†, 446 and
COMP 221†, and 430†
†Note: ELEC 323/COMP
322, ELEC 420/COMP 482, ELEC
421/COMP 421, ELEC 429/COMP 429, COMP 221 and COMP 430 are courses listed or
crossslisted with Computer Science.
Additional prerequisites have been added for 2012-2013.
211 or the sequence of COMP 182 with COMP 215 are recommended in addition for the
Computer Engineering Area.
Neuroengineering: ELEC 342, 345, 381, 431, 480, 481, 482, 485, 486 and 489
and Nanoengineering: ELEC 262, 306,
342, 361, 462, and PHYS 302, and 311
Systems: communications, control, networks & signal processing: ELEC
302, 306, 345, 430, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, and 446
courses to provide the BA minimum requirement of 121 semester hours.
BA Degree Requirements 13-14 (pdf)
BA Degree Planning Sheet 13-14 (pdf)
BA Sample Schedule 13-14 (pdf)