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Engineering Minors

Engineering Minors

Rice offers a variety of undergraduate minors. The following programs have significant components in the School of Engineering.

Computational and Applied Mathematics
The departmental minor in Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM) develops a range of skills in mathematical modeling, analysis, and scientific computing that complement any major in science, engineering, and economics.

Summary of requirements: CAAM 210, CAAM 335, (CAAM 335 or CAAM 378), three additional CAAM electives, two at or above the 400 level.

More details can be found here 

Minor advisor: Illya Hicks (illya.hicks@rice.edu)

Energy and Water Sustainability
Sustainability encompasses an approach to design and decision-making that takes into account the economic, social and environmental implications of human activities. This interdisciplinary minor studies the design of safe, secure, sustainable energy and water resources.

Summary of requirements: CEVE/ENGI 202, CEVE 307, (CEVE 322/ENGI 303 or ECON 480), three electives, and a 1-credit design practicum.

 More details can be found here

Minor Advisor: Jim Blackburn (jbb@blackburncarter.com)

Financial Computation and Modeling
The interdisciplinary minor in Financial Computation and Modeling (FCAM) equips students with the quantitative techniques necessary to analyze and predict the movements of markets and economies, an excellent preparation for a career in the financial sector.

Summary of requirements: Students take three courses each from two groups (“Basic Tools” and “Financial and Computational Modeling”) of economics and statistics courses.

More details can be found here

Minor Advisor: Katherine Ensor (ensor@rice.edu)

Global Health Technologies
The minor in Global Health Technologies (GLHT) offers a unique, multidisciplinary program to educate and train students to reach beyond traditional disciplinary and geographic boundaries to understand, address and solve global health disparities.

Summary of requirements: GLTH 260 (Introduction to Global Health Issues), followed by a series of core and elective courses; there is a Science and Engineering track, as well as a Humanities, Social Science, and Policy track.

More details can be found here  

Minor advisor: Yvette Mirabal (ymirabal@rice.edu)

In the modern information age, the ability to understand and process data from a variety of sources is critical in every area of human inquiry. The minor in statistics is designed to complement a student's primary area of study. Two tracks are offered: Track A is designed for students with strong mathematical and computational interests; Track B develops a broad understanding of and appreciation for the correct use of statistical methodologies.

Summary of requirements: Three specific courses and three elective  courses from statistics at the 300 level or higher.

More details can be found here

Minor advisors:
Rudy Guerra (rguerra@rice.edu)

The departmental minor in Mathematics develops specific analytical problem-solving skills, as well as a logical perspective that is valuable in many science and engineering disciplines.

Summary of requirements: Typically MATH 211-212 or 221-222; courses in Analysis, Linear Algebra and Discrete Mathematics/Algebra; and one additional class at the 300 level or higher.

More details can be found here

Minor advisors:
Tim Cochran (cochran@rice.edu)
Frank Jones (fjones@rice.edu)
Andy Putman (andyp@rice.edu)

The minor in Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program, designed to help students explore methodologies to investigate th human mind and brain, and the relation between them. Classes are offered through the departments of biochemistry and cell biology, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, linguistics and psychology, as well as the Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine and the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. 

Summary of requirements: Selecting from a Humanities and Social Science track or a Natural Science and Engineering track, six classes for a minimum of 18 credit hours, with at least three taken at the 300-level or high. NEUR/PSYC/BIOC 380 Fundamental Neuroscience Systems is required; NEUR/PSYC Biopsychology is required for the Humanities and Social Sciences trac; NEUR/BIOC 385 Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience is required for the Natural Sciences and Engineering track. 

More details can be found here.

Minor advisors:
James Pomerantz (pomeran@rice.edu)
Steve Cox (Yuri Dabaghian during 2013-2014 academic year); (cox@rice.edu), (yuri.a.dabaghian@rice.edu)