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 COE offers a minor in nuclear engineering to qualified students who are matriculated in the COE. Students declaring this minor must complete a minimum of 18 credits consisting of four required courses (12 credits) and two supporting courses (6 credits). Additional information can be found at egr.uri.edu/nuclear-engineering-minor/.

Engineering Entrepreneurship Minor. The COE offers a minor in engineering entrepreneurship to qualified students. Students declaring this minor must complete a minimum of 18 credits consisting of three required courses (9 credits) and three supporting courses (9 credits) selected from a specified list, depending on the major discipline. Additional information can be found at egr.uri.edu/engineering-entrepreneurship-minor.

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, or the associate dean of the COE, Dean’s Office, 102 Bliss Hall. 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.