Enhancing Your Education: Minors, Majors, and Degrees
There are several ways of enhancing your education: minor, second major, second degree, or an advanced degree.
A minor is a secondary field of study or specialization and typically involves just a few additional courses. The requirements are listed in the undergraduate catalog (see item #10). Additional information is available regarding minors in Business, Computer Science, and Arts and Sciences (including Mathematics and Physics).
Second Undergraduate Degree and Second Major
To enhance job opportunities, to keep options open for future career development or to satisfy personal interest, students sometimes would like to pursue academic programs in two different areas. This may be accomplished by obtaining a baccalaureate degree in one field of interest and a second degree in another field. Receiving two degrees requires taking a minimum of 30 credit hours more than that required for a single degree. Alternatively, if the subject areas lie within a single college and are closely related, one may obtain a single baccalaureate degree with two majors, also called second major. The second major is an appropriate choice for students who would like to pursue academic programs in both electrical engineering and computer engineering. In the following, the requirements for this option are discussed. Complete information is in the undergraduate catalog (see "requirements for a second undergraduate degree" and for second major see "changes in registration").
Requirements for a BS Degree with a Second Major
To receive a BS degree with a second major, the student should declare one major as the primary major, fulfill the requirements for the BS degree in that major, and in parallel satisfy the degree requirements for a BS degree in the second major. When the application for graduation is filed, the student will indicate the name of the major and of the second major on the form. The transcript will indicate the two majors for which the degree requirements have been satisfied. However, the degree certificate will show only the name of the primary major.
A student can receive either a BS degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) with a second major in computer engineering or a BS degree in computer engineering (BSCmpE) with a second major in electrical engineering. To satisfy the requirements of both computer engineering and electrical engineering majors with minimum additional hours, the student should choose the electives judiciously. A detailed comparison of BSEE and BSCmpE curricula is shown in the pages listed.
Graduate School and Fast-Track BS+MS Program
The new Fast-Track BS+MS five-year program is designed to attract exceptional TTU ECE seniors to stay at Tech for one additional year to obtain the MSECE degree. More information is on the fast-track BS+MS program web page.