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The Rice University George R. Brown School of Engineering is committed to advancing the education of its undergraduate students. With nine departments in the School of Engineering, the areas of study, research, and specialization are broad. However, all departments in the School of Engineering teach the design process, even though its application and emphasis varies between departments. The purpose of the minor is to enable our students to meet the growing interest by employers in students with authentic engineering design credentials. By implementing the minor we will keep Rice at the forefront of engineering design education.

The Engineering Design minor is a complement to existing B.S. and B.A. degree programs in the School of Engineering and is open to any student earning a major in any department in the School of Engineering. The program is designed for students inside the School of Engineering because applied engineering practice is expected in the higher-level courses- and this knowledge will come from student’s work in their engineering majors. A strength of the minor is that students from many different departments will work together on projects in highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary teams. Students will come out of these experiences with enhanced engineering skills as well and leadership and communication skills that will serve them well in any future endeavor.

Students will complete 18 academic credits in engineering design to earn the minor.

Designed for students majoring in any discipline of engineering in the School of Engineering. 
        • Minor is not possible to earn for students with a May 2017 graduation date 
        • May 2018 graduates who have taken many of the existing required courses ( Such as ENGI 120, ENGI 210, ENGI 200, ENGI 300) may qualify with appropriate course selection 
        • May 2019 graduates and beyond should be able to complete the minor with appropriate course selection 
Required Courses:

There are four core courses each at 3 credit hours that are required for every student in the minor:

  • ENGI 120 (or ENGI 220 or FWIS 188) – Introduction to Engineering Design (3 credit hours)
  • ENGI 210 – Prototyping and Fabrication (3 credit hours)
  • ENGI 350* – Problem Identification and Implementation (3 credit hours)
  • ENGI 355* – Digital and Computer Aided Design OR MECH 403 (3 credit hours) 

*Denotes NEW course with tentative number 

ENGI 220 is identical in content to ENGI 120 except that it is focused on students who are not in their matriculation year. As such students can begin the minor after their first year on campus if they decide later to pursue the minor. 

Elective Courses:

Students take at least two elective courses, worth a total of 6 credit hours. The current list of elective courses is:

  • Departmental design or project- based courses, excluding capstone or final-year design, with approval. Examples of such design-based courses include but are not limited to BIOE 360, CEVE 314, ELEC 491, MECH 488, ELEC 342, and CHBE 490
  • ENGI 200 – Engineering Design Studio
  • ENGI 300 – Engineering Design Workshop
  • PSYC 370 – Introduction to Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • ENGI 315 – Leading Teams and Innovation
  • BUSI 221 – New Enterprises
  • BUSI 463 – Foundations of Entrepreneurship: Strategy and Financing 

One additional requirement for the minor is that students must participate in at least two different design projects during their undergraduate experience. This requirement is in place to ensure that students have some breadth in their practice of design. This can be satisfied by taking the courses above and/or capstone design. Note that while in-major, departmental capstone design courses (e.g., BIOE 451-2, MECH 407-8, ELEC 494, etc.) may NOT count as an elective, a project in this course may count as a second design project. For example, a student may work on one project in ENGI 120 and 200 and then a different project in their capstone CHBE 404 course. Table 1 shows a sample academic plan for completing the Engineering Design Minor.

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