Minors, Double Majors, and Graduate Degrees

Minors and Double Majors. Students wanting to obtain strengths in other areas of academic specialization while in engineering are encouraged to do so by completing either a minor (see “Minor Fields of Study”) or double major. Some of the COE degree programs also offer minors. For details, see degree programs described in the following sections.

Nuclear Engineering Minor

The Undergraduate Minor in Nuclear Engineering is satisfied by completing 18 credit hours from the required and supporting courses shown below, depending on the major discipline. A grade of “C” or better must be earned in these courses. At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.

To declare you must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50, and you will need to complete the Nuclear Engineering Minor form and have it signed by the Nuclear Engineering Program Coordinator (NEPC), Dr. Nassersharif, and your Department Chair. You should also consult with Dr. Nassersharif when considering available courses regarding the specific options available based on your engineering major.

For updates, contact information, and the minor declaration form please visit http://egr.uri.edu/nuclear-engineering-minor/

The course requirements for the Undergraduate Nuclear Engineering Minor are as follows:

Required courses

MCE majors: MCE/CHE 471, MCE/CHE 472, MCE/CHE 473, MCE/CHE 474 or 476, MCE 401, MCE 402

All other engineering majors: MCE/CHE 471, MCE/CHE 472, MCE/CHE 473, MCE/CHE 474/476, NUE 391, NUE 392

With prior approval from the NEPC, appropriate engineering courses may be substituted for the listed required courses. MCE majors, with prior approval from NEPC, may substitute NUE 391 and 392 for MCE/CHE 473 and 474 (or 476).

Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor

The Minor in Engineering Entrepreneurship blends technology and business to provide engineering undergraduates with the skills needed to become entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders in both start-ups and established companies. Students learn best practices in new product development, the business of engineering, financing and planning projects, patents and more in this hands-on program.

Requirements of the minor are satisfied by completing 18 credit hours from the required, and supporting courses shown below, depending on the major discipline. A minimum GPA of 2.00 must be earned in these courses. At least one-half of the credits must be earned at the University of Rhode Island.

You will need to complete the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Form and have it signed by the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Coordinator, Professor James Miller and your Department Chair. You should also consult with Professor Miller when considering available supporting courses regarding the specific options available based on your engineering major.

For updates, contact information, and the minor declaration form please visit http://egr.uri.edu/engineering-entrepreneurship-minor/

The course requirements for the undergraduate Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor are as follows:

Core Required Courses (9 credits)

EGR 325 Engineering Entrepreneurship I

EGR 326 Engineering Entrepreneurship II

One of the BUS Supporting Courses below

Supporting Courses* (choose 9 credits not including BUS course as indicated above; most courses are 3 credits)

Business: BUS 315, 320, 341, 365, 441, 443, 449, 450

Civil Engineering: CVE 323, 334, 477

Communication Studies: COM 341, 402

Community Planning: CPL 434, 537

Economics: ECN 201, 202

Engineering Ethics: EGR 316

Environmental Economics: EEC 205, 310

Industrial and Systems Engineering: ISE 404, 451, 500, 552

Marine Affairs: MAF 220, 312

Writing: WRT 332 or 333

*Supporting courses may be substituted with appropriate other courses including special projects only with prior approval by the Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor Coordinator, Professor James Miller, and your Department Chair.

Environmental Engineering Minor

The environmental engineering minor comprises a minimum of 18 credit hours, at least half of which must be earned at URI, including two “Fundamental Science” courses, two “Environmental Engineering Fundamentals” courses (for non CVE majors), and up to four “Environmental Engineering Design” courses from an approved list. Students may also select one course from a list of approved “Supporting Courses“.

Only engineering students may pursue this minor. Students declaring this minor must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 in courses counted toward the minor. Students will need to complete the environmental engineering minor form and have it signed by the Environmental Engineering minor Coordinator, Dr. Vinka Craver, and the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Chair. Students are responsible for meeting the prerequisite requirements for individual courses, as applicable.

The course requirements for the undergraduate Environmental Engineering Minor are as follows:

Fundamental Science: Select 2 courses

MCE 341, CHM112, CHE 212, CHM 227

Environmental Engineering Fundamentals (Required for non-CVE students)

CVE 370*, CVE 374*

* not counted toward minor for CVE students

Environmental Engineering Design: Select up to 4 courses

CVE323H, CVE 470, CVE 471, CVE 474, CVE 475, CVE 477, CVE 482, CVE 484, CVE 491, 492

Supporting Courses: May select 1 course

CPL/LAR 434, CPL 485, EEC 430, GEO 305, GEO 462, GEO 483, ISE 460, NRS 409, NRS 410, NRS 412, NRS 415, NRS 461, OCG 480

International Engineering Program (IEP). In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the COE offers a five-year program in which students earn two degrees: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in engineering and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in a foreign language. The foreign languages currently offered by the IEP are Chinese, German, French, Italian, and Spanish. Students also spend six months abroad in a paid professional internship working at an international engineering company in Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, or Asia. Upon graduation, students are well prepared to compete in the global marketplace and are highly sought after by employers both in the U.S. and abroad. Interested students should contact the IEP director at the IEP House on Upper College Road. The IEP has been recognized for excellence in international engineering education and received the Award for Educational Innovation from ABET, Inc.

Accelerated Five-Year B.S./M.S. Degree Programs. The COE offers accelerated five-year B.S./M.S. degree programs in all engineering majors. These programs allow qualified students to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years. Specific requirements vary by major. Please refer to program details in this catalog, including department requirements listed by individual major and links to department websites for further information.

Engineering and Political Science Program. Students completing both the B.A. degree in political science and the B.S. degree in engineering at the same time may use courses in the political science major to satisfy Basic Liberal Studies requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. The College of Engineering and the Department of Political Science have established a curriculum that allows for the completion of the two degrees and a public-sector internship in five years.

Engineering and M.B.A. Program. This five-year program offers students the opportunity to earn a B.S. degree in engineering and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.). Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better may enroll during their senior year with successful completion of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

Engineering and M.O. Program. The fifth-year Master of Oceanography (M.O.) program is designed for URI students who want to enter GSO’s M.O. program while still an undergraduate and complete the degree in the year following completion of the B.S. The program is open to qualified URI undergraduates in the natural sciences or engineering. Eligibility and program requirements can be found in the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.

Graduate Degrees. Graduate study is available in the COE at the Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) level. For a listing of advanced degrees, see the “Graduate Programs” section of this catalog.