Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering 2015-2016
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 Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET does not accredit the program leading to the BA degree.
A BA program must have a total of at least 121 semester hours and include
the following courses. A course can
satisfy only one 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 at ece.rice.edu. See the section in the General Announcements for the general university degree requirements.
Distribution Requirements: Groups
I and II
|Mathematics and Science Courses:
||Electronic Materials and Quantum Devices
||Single Variable Calculus I
||Single Variable Calculus II
||Linear Algebra or CAAM 335 Matrix Analysis
||Mechanics or Mechanics (with lab)
||Electricity & Magnetism (with lab)
^Note: Elec 303 is required for BA; must have instructor's approval
|ECE Core Courses
||Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
||Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I
||Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II (with lab)
||Introduction to Physical Electronics
||Digital Logic Design
Computation: COMP 140 Computational Thinking
Design Laboratory: 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; and Data Science Area; and
d) ELEC 364 Photonic Measurements: Principles and Practice for Photonics, Electronics and Nano-devices Area.
Note: The required Design Lab does not count as a specialization course.
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. 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: ece.rice.edu for the latest area courses.
Note: 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 the student's chosen
Major Specialization Area, then the student takes 2 of the 4 courses in his/her chosen Major Area; however, if the Design Laboratory requirement
is satisfied with the lab in the student's Minor Area, then it is recommended that the student take 3 of the 4 courses in his/her chosen Major 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, 421†, 422, 424, 425, 427, 429†, 446 and
COMP 321†, 382† and 430†
†Note: The courses marked above with a dagger (†), ELEC 323/COMP
421/COMP 421, ELEC 429/COMP 429, COMP 321, COMP 382 and COMP 430 are courses listed or crossslisted with Computer Science.
The sequence of COMP 140, COMP 182, COMP 215 are recommended in addition for the
Computer Engineering Area as these are pre-requisite for the crosslisted Computer Science courses.
Data Science: ELEC 345, 424, 425, 427, 431, 439, 480, 488*, 489*, COMP 430†, and STAT 444††
Note: The courses marked above with an asterisk (*) are courses cross-listed with Computational and Applied Mathematics and Neuroscience; with a dagger (†) are courses listed or cross-listed with Computer Science; with a double dagger († †) are courses listed with Statistics that may have additional prerequisites.
Neuroengineering: ELEC 342, 345, 381, 431, 480, 481, 482, 485, 486, 488*and 489*
*Note: The courses marked above with an asterisk (*) are courses cross listed with Computational and Applied Mathematics and Neuroscience.
Photonics, Electronics and Nano-devices: ELEC 262, 306 (or PHYS 302), 342, 361 (or PHYS 311), 365, 462, and PHYS 412, 416
Systems: Communications, Control, and Networks: ELEC
302, 306, 345, 430, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439 and 498
courses to provide the BA minimum requirement of 121 semester hours.
BA Degree Requirements 15-16 (pdf)
BA Degree Planning Sheet 15-16 (xls)
BA Sample Schedule 15-16 (pdf)
BA Degree Requirements 14-15 (pdf)
BA Degree Planning Sheet 14-15 (xls)
BA Sample Schedule 14-15(pdf)