Bachelor of Arts in Electrical Engineering 2014-2015
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
|Mathematics and Science Courses:
||Electronic Materials and Quantum Devices
||Note: Elec 303 is required for BA; must have instructor's approval
||Single Variable Calculus I
||Single Variable Calculus II
||Linear Algebra or CAAM 335 Matrix Analysis
||Mechanics or Mechanics (with lab)
||Electricity & Magnetism (with lab)
|ECE Core Courses
||Fundamentals of Computer Engineering
||Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering I
||Fundamentals of Electrical Engineering II
||Introduction to Physical Electronics
||Digital Logic Design
Computation Course: COMP 140 Computational Thinking (The option of CAAM 210 or COMP 140 will remain for students entering Rice before the Fall 2014 semester. However, we strongly encourage all students to take COMP 140.)
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 321†, and 430†
†Note: The courses marked above with a plus (+), ELEC 323/COMP
322, ELEC 420/COMP 482, ELEC
421/COMP 421, ELEC 429/COMP 429, COMP 321 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.
Neuroengineering: ELEC 342, 345, 381, 431, 480, 481, 482, 485, 486, 488†and 489†
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, networks & signal processing: 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 14-15 (pdf)
BA Degree Planning Sheet 14-15 (xls)
BA Sample Schedule 14-15(pdf)