Enhancing Your Education: Minors, Majors, and Degrees

There are several ways of enhancing your education: minor, second major, second degree, or an advanced degree.

Minor

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 a minimum of 30 additional credit hours beyond 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 ("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.

Second Degree

A second undergraduate degree requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours at TTU beyond the requirements for the first baccalaureate degree, and meeting the requirements specified in the curriculum for the second degree. Complete information is in the undergraduate catalog.

Second Major

A second major requires meeting the requirements specified in the curriculum for both degrees. To receive a BS degree with a second major, the student should declare one major as the primary major, fulfill the requirements for the degree in that major, and in parallel satisfy the degree requirements for a 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. Complete information is in the undergraduate catalog.

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 electives should be chosen judiciously. A detailed comparison of BSEE and BSCmpE curricula is shown in the following:

Graduate School and Fast-Track BS+MS Program

Obtaining a Master's or Doctorate degree provides you with more in-depth knowledge of electrical or computer engineering. More information is available in the graduate program section of this web site. 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. Information about this option is on the fast-track BS+MS program web page.