ENGINEERING
DESIGN  MINOR


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.

Designed for students majoring in any discipline of engineering in the School of Engineering. 

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Summary 

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

Students are encouraged to begin taking courses in the minor during their freshman year, and are encouraged to declare the minor no later than the beginning of their fifth semester.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this minor. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the minor’s academic advisor, or where applicable, the Program Director. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the minor's Official Certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Minor Requirements 

Course List with Summer-Fall 2020 EDES Course offering REVISED.pdf (subject to change)
Code Title Credit Hours
Core Requirements
Select 1 course from the following: 3

ENGI 120

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN

ENGI 220

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN II

FWIS 188

INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING DESIGN AND COMMUNICATION
ENGI 200 ENGINEERING DESIGN STUDIO 3
ENGI 210 PROTOTYPING AND FABRICATION 3
ENGI 350 NEEDS IDENTIFICATION AND DESIGN IMPLEMENTATION 3
Elective Requirements
Select 2 courses (and a minimum of 6 credit hours) from the following: 1 6

BIOE 360 / GLHT 360

APPROPRIATE DESIGN FOR GLOBAL HEALTH

BUSI 221 / ENGI 221

NEW ENTERPRISES

BUSI 463

ENTREPRENEURIAL STRATEGY

CEVE 314 / BIOE 365 / GLHT 314

SUSTAINABLE WATER PURIFICATION FOR THE DEVELOPING WORLD

CHBE 490

CHEMICAL CAR ENGINEERING AND DESIGN

ELEC 327IMPLEMENTATION OF DIGITAL SYSTEMS 

ELEC 442

INTRODUCTION TO ANALOG INTEGRATED CIRCUITS

ELEC 491

UNDERGRADUATE ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH PROJECTS-VERTICALLY INTEGRATED PROJECTS 2

ENGI 300

ENGINEERING DESIGN WORKSHOP

ENGI 301

INTRODUCTION TO PRACTICAL ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

ENGI 315

LEADING TEAMS AND INNOVATION

ENGI 355

DIGITAL DESIGN AND VISUALIZATION

MECH 203

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DESIGN TOOLS

MECH 488

DESIGN OF MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

PSYC 370

INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN FACTORS AND ERGONOMICS
Additional Requirement
Students must participate in at least two different design projects during their undergraduate experience. 3
Total Credit Hours 18

Footnotes and Additional Information 

  1. With minor advisor approval, students may also complete departmental design courses or project-based courses, excluding capstone or final-year design coursework, to satisfy the Electives Requirement.
  2. With minor advisor approval, students may receive a maximum of 3 credit hours for ELEC 491.
  3. The design projects requirement is in place to ensure that students have some breadth in their practice of design. This can be satisfied by a project completed while taking the courses listed in the Electives Requirement and/or a capstone design course. Note that while a capstone design course may be required by the student's major (e.g., BIOE 451 and BIOE 452, MECH 407 and MECH 408, ELEC 494, etc.) that capstone design course may NOT count as an elective in the Engineering Design minor. However, a project completed in these major-required courses may count as a second design project for this minor. For example, a student may work on one project in ENGI 120 and ENGI 200 and then a second project in the major-required capstone course, such as CHBE 404. ENGI 120 and ENGI 200 may be used to count toward minor requirements, whereas CHBE 404 would not count toward the minor requirements. However, the projects completed in ENGI 120, ENGI 200, and CHBE 404 could be used to fulfill the design projects requirement. Please see the minor advisor regarding the design projects requirement.

Engineering Design Minor FAQsHow do I declare the Engineering Design Minor? (New remote submission instructions)

    1. Fill out the Undergraduate Declaration and Change of Major Form, available to you via ESTHER. If you desire to additionally declare a minor (or a UG university certificate), you can do so via the Declaration of Minor Form (or the Declaration of UG University Certificate Form).  Instead of printing them out, you can save electronic PDF versions.  
    2. We recommend that you then send an electronic copy of your Declaration Form to your advisor with a cc to registrar@rice.edu.  You may also upload the form to our Virtual Front Desk at: https://registrar.rice.edu
    3. Please encourage the Major, Minor or Certificate Advisor to simply e-mail registrar@rice.edu with their approval. (Their e-mail needs to come from their official Rice e-mail address.). We will match the approving Advisor e-mail to the submitted Declaration Form and then update the student’s records. With questions, please feel free to contact us at registrar@rice.edu
    • For the list of advisors, please see list of EDES advisors HERE - only send to those with emails listed
When can I get advice about the minor? Email the OEDK at oedk@rice.edu and your request will be routed to the appropriate faculty.

How do I get on the EDES list to receive updates and notices? Fill out the EDES Information Form.  We will use this list to send email updates occasionally. We pledge not to send too many emails to this group. Signing up on this form DOES NOT officially register you for the minor.

How should I prepare for the advising session? Please review the courses that are required for the minor (above). There will be a form to fill out to list the course you have taken and you can discuss any special circumstances with the advisor. We do not expect the session to take long but it is important to do this each semester to be sure you are on track.

When can I declare the Engineering Design (EDES) minor? At the advising session, bring the paperwork (described below) to get signed by the faculty advisor. Be sure to keep a copy of the form for yourself in case the registrar’s office loses it. We will also keep a copy for our records. 

What is the procedure for proposing substitution of BIOE 392 for ENGI 350 for the EDES Minor?

Who: All who have/will take BIOE 392 may receive credit for ENGI 350 if, they submit documentation of design transfer or implementation for a design project that was completed as part of a course or internship.

The technical memo should address and demonstrate your experience in transfer or implementation of a design solution. The memo should describe the project, including the project goals and a brief description of the prototype/solution. Then the memo should describe in detail two of the following steps that have been taken with this project and your role in creating/completing those steps. In an appendix include additional documentation with supporting evidence of the two steps (e.g. patent application, charts/graphs of testing, user manuals, etc.). It should be clear that this is not an additional assignment or task, but a documentation of tasks that were completed and evaluated as part of a class or internship. Clarifying questions should be directed to Dr. Hunter at hunterd@rice.edu. Submitted materials will be reviewed by the EDES Minor faculty advisory board who will make the decision for substitution approval.

1. Testing (description of the test design, test results, and analysis)

2. Cost analysis or economics for manufacture (bill of materials, quotes for manufacture/assembly)

3. Intellectual property analysis (compelling feature, patent search, provisional patent application, invention disclosure)

4. Refined Design for Manufacture (technical drawings, spec sheet, assembly instructions)

5. Safety & Failure analysis (safety manual, regulations/standards, hazard analysis)

6. Manuals (user, maintenance, etc.)


Rice University Distinction in Research and Creative Works

Students who spend considerable amounts of time at the OEDK often participate in activities that go above and beyond the standard set of course requirements for their undergraduate degrees. Examples include but are not limited to extensive and continuous participation in club activities resulting in field work or competitions (e.g., Eclipse, Engineers Without Borders, Electric Car, Design for America); undergraduate research experiences at Rice or at other universities that result in presentations (oral, poster) and/or publications in conference proceedings or in journals; creative endeavors or commercial realization resulting in patents or start-up companies; capstone design projects that extend beyond the academic year for additional testing, validation or delivery requirements imposed by the customer; or similar activities that demonstrate extended and continuous commitment to creative or research endeavors that are not within the scope of degree requirements.

Distinction in Research and Creative Works is a university award for these select undergraduates, granted at commencement, which appears on the transcript and diploma. Students must apply to be considered for the award, and the application must be supported by a letter from a faculty member. The student must provide evidence of the research or creative work via electronic format (documents, slides from presentations, copies of publications or patents, or videos documenting efforts). It must be clear that the student engaged in a prolonged and continuous effort that resulted in the showcased output.

Students must declare their intent for the distinction, and submit the application materials including a support letter from a faculty member plus a copy of the creative work (publication, patent, poster, presentation) in electronic form by April 28, 2020.

A link to the application is HERE.


EDES Minor Faculty Advisory Board


*Maria Oden (Co-Chair), Director of OEDK, Teaching Professor BIOE [moden@rice.edu]

*Joe Cavallaro (Co-Chair), Professor ELEC [cavallar@rice.edu]

Robert Griffin, Professor and Chair CEVE

*Deirdre Hunter, Lecturer OEDK [hunterd@rice.edu]

Jordan Miller, Asst. Prof, BIOE

Marcia O’Malley, Professor MECH

Rafael Verduzco, Associate Professor CHBE

*Matthew Wettergreen, Associate Teaching Professor OEDK [mwettergreen@rice.edu]

*Gary Woods, Professor in the Practice ELEC [gary.woods@rice.edu]

* denotes EDES Student Advising Faculty Team


Contact us

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Rice University

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Phone: 713.348.OEDK

Email: oedk@rice.edu

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