Minor, Certificate, BS/MS & Dual Degree Programs for ECE Majors

Minor, Certificate, BS/MS & Dual Degree Programs for ECE Majors

Minor, Certificate, BS/MS and Dual Degree Programs


Minor Opportunities in Other Programs Available for ECE Students                                               back to top

ECE Students can choose from a long list of disciplines that offer a Minor option. Obtaining a Minor typically involves taking a set number of additional courses, determined by the department offering the minor, and once completed the Minor is indicated on your transcript. For ECE students, getting a Minor in certain disciplines is easier than others, because some of the courses required by the ECE curriculum can be counted towards the Minor in those disciplines. The most popular Minor options for ECE students are Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. The requirements for these Minor options can be found in the links below. However, since the departments can change the Minor requirements at any time, and/or change the links to relevant information, please make sure to contact the relevant department and talk to an advisor in that department before you embark towards a Minor.

Requirements for Minor in Computer Science for ECE Students
General Requirements for Minor in Computer Science
Requirements for Minor in Mathematics
Requirements for Minor in Physics


Minors are also available Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. For additional information, please see the following links.
General information on engineering minors
Online form for applying for a minor in engineering (use this form to apply for any of the minors in Engineering)


5-Year BS/MS Program & Senior Privilege                                                          back to top

Completing a Bachelor of Science degree program in four years, followed by the Master of Science program in one year, is possible, particularly with the Professional (non-thesis) track. To do so, you can take 12 credits of graduate-level courses in the Fall, another 12 credits in Spring, followed by 6 credits in Summer.

If you are in good standing by the time you reach your senior year, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you can also take advantage of Senior Privilege. Senior Privilege is a unique opportunity that allows you to take up to 6 credits of graduate-level courses during your senior year, pay the lower undergraduate tuition for them, and have them counted towards your undergraduate BS degree requirements. Then, assuming that those classes are required by the MS degree program, you can transfer those credits to your graduate MS degree program requirements. As a result, you only need to take 24 credits of graduate programs after you complete your undergraduate degree, saving you time and considerable tuition costs. With only 24 credits left, you can complete those 24 credits by taking 9 credits in each of Fall and Spring, followed by 6 credits in Summer, or even, take 12 credits in Fall and Spring, and be done in less than one year!

To take advantage of Senior Privilege, you need to fill out the Senior Privilege Registration Request Form and obtain the necessary approvals.

Specialization in Biomedical Engineering                                                                                                        back to top

The ECE department also offers a specialization in Biomedical Engineering. In order to complete the Specialization in Biomedical Engineering:

  • Take two approved core science classes outside of the engineering curriculum, at least one of which should be selected from:
    • BIOL01.106 Introduction to Genetics
    • BIOL01.112 General Biology: Environmental Focus
    • BIOL01.113 General Biology: Human Focus
    • BIOL01.115 General Biology: Plants and People
    • BIOL01.203 Introduction to Cell Biology
    • BIOL01.204 Introduction to Ecology
  • Take a minimum of 4 credits (one lab course) from an approved list of Biological Science Electives, such as courses from the Anatomy / Physiology bank or from the Cellular, Molecular Biology bank of the Biology program.
  • No fewer than 2, no more than 4 credits of Junior / Senior clinic must come from BME-related projects
  • Take at least one elective (3 credits) from an approved list of BME-related ECE electives. The list currently includes
    • ECE 09.404 Principles of Biomedical Systems and Devices
    • ECE 09.466 Systems, Devices, and Algorithms in Bioinformatics
  • Minimum of 3 credits from an approved list of Bio-related non-ECE engineering electives. Any course that is on the approved list of other engineering departments' BME bank (including the BME department) will count towards this requirement. This course will also be taken during the senior year. Students are encouraged to discuss their intention to specialize in biomedical engineering as early as possible with their advisor. The advisor will be
    able to guide students on the correct sequence of required courses.

Minor in Systems Engineering                                                                                                           back to top

The ECE department offers a Constration / Minor in Systems Engineering. The original "concentration" i sbeing converted to a Minor, but the students can currently complete the Minor by taking three additional classes (there will be additional requirements but also options starting Fall 2021 / Spring 2022).

  • ECE 09.421 Introduction to Systems Engineering
  • MKT 09.375 Business Logistics*
  • CS 06.390 Introduction to Systems Simulation and Modeling

This Minor is designed in collaboration with industry experts, and its flagship course, Introduction to Systems Engineering is regularly taught by experienced high-level systems engineers and executives in major area engineering companies to provide the unique industry perspective.

For additional details and complete information, please see Systems Engineering Concentration Guidelines.

  • Business Logistics class has a prerequisite that will be waived for Engineering students. Please go to the Marketing Department chair and request the prerequisite override.


Certificate of Undergraduate Studies in Applied Machine Learning (coming soon)
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Electrical and Computer Engineering program will be offering a Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) in Applied Machine Learning in Engineering. This CUGS will consist of 12-13 credits and is designed to provide a breadth and depth to students who want to specialize in one of the fastest growing fields in all of sciences and engineering.

The ECE Department has significant expertise in machine learning, and has been regularly teaching related courses since 2001. This CUGS puts the existing expertise and the courses together in one package allowing students to gain meaningful background that will prepare them for a career in machine learning and/or graduate programs. A unique aspect of this CUGS is the practical hands-on experience that it provides: the CUGS feature four classes, all of which has their own project components. This CUGS also provides access – primarily for non Engineering students – to Rowan Engineering’s signature hallmark, Senior Engineering Clinic (to be taken twice over two semesters), where students work on projects addressing real-world unsolved problems, many of which are externally funded. Hence, through this four-class sequence, the Applied Machine Learning in Engineering CUGS will provide breath and depth in theoretical foundations of machine learning, as well as a year-long practical hands-on real-world project experience.

The completion of this CUGS will provide students with the necessary tools to start a career in machine learning as it applied to engineering, and/or continue their education through graduate programs. Due to rapid growth of machine learning as a well-established field of science and engineering, we expect the graduates of this program to find high-paying jobs and/or admission to renown graduate programs. In fact, the highest paid graduates of our program are typically hired for machine learning related positions.

Requires Courses (two courses)

  • ECE 09.455 Machine Learning
  • ECE 09.495 Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Mining
    ECE 09.458 Introduction to Reinforcement Learning

Electives (choose any two of the following)

  • ECE 09.454 Introduction to Artificial Neural Networks
  • ECE 09.466 Systems, Devices and Algorithms in Bioinformatics
  • ENGR 01.403 Senior Engineering Clinic– WI
    (must be taken twice over two semesters, to count as one elective)
  • ENGR 01.411 Introduction to Engineering Optimization
  • ECE 09.458 Introduction to Reinforcement Learning
  • ECE 09.495 Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • ECE 09.4XX Deep Learning (coming soon)

♦ Must be enrolled in one of the specific sections of Senior Engineering Clinic that focuses on machine learning topics. Those sections will be announced every semester.

If not already taken as one of the required classes.


For students majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), at most two of the four courses taken for this CUGS may be counted towards major degree requirements. Hence, at least two (or more) of the courses taken for this CUGS will have to be taken in addition to regular degree requirements for the ECE major. Non-ECE students should check with their departments and advisors.


Certificate of Undergraduate Studies in Combat Systems Engineering                                                           back to top

In collaboration with Lockheed Martin Company, the ECE department is now offering a new certificate program, called Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUGS) in Combat Systems Engineering (there is also a Certificate of Graduate Studies (COGS) in Combat Systems Engineering (CSE)described in the Graduate Studies section of our website). These certificate programs are intended to help develop the growing workforce needs of the area’s prominent defense industry. In fact, all classes are taught in cooperation with Lockheed Martin engineers. Active participation and successful completion of this program can certainly increase your chances of getting one of those highly sought-after and well-paying defense industry positions. This program is most closely aligned with electrical and computer engineering topics, and therefore offered by the ECE Department. However, it is open to any engineering student who has an interest in the field. Non-ECE students should pay close attention to the prerequisites of the classes in this CUGS. 

 The four courses in CUGS are

  • ECE 09.423           Introduction to Radar Systems (prerequisite: ECE 09.341 Signals & Systems)
  • ECE 09.424           Introduction to War Gaming and C4ISR (Prerequisite: Senior standing)
  • ECE 09.425           Introduction to Command and Control (prerequisites: ECE 09.321 or ME 10343)
  • ECE 09.426           Introduction to Weapon Systems (prerequisites: MATH 01230 and PHYS 00220)

Note that the university rules allow up to two classes in a CUGS program to be counted towards graduation requirements of the associated major degree.


ECE Students: Of these four classes, two of them – ECE 09.423 Introduction to Radar Systems and ECE 09.425 Introduction to Command and Control – will count towards ECE BS degree requirements, whereas the remaining two classes, ECE 09.424 Introduction to War Gaming and C4ISR and ECE 09.426 Introduction to Weapon Systems need to be taken in addition to all other regular ECE requirements.

Non-ECE students should check with their departments and advisors.


Combined BS In Engineering/MBA Program                                                                                                  back to top

Engineering students who plan to pursue a career in business should consider the combined degree program for obtaining a BS in Engineering and an MBA (Master of Business Administration). Students wishing to pursue the combined BS/MBA degree have several options and may be able to complete the MBA program in one year and one summer, depending on when the student wants to start the program.

Completion of foundation courses: Applicants to the MBA program must have completed appropriate courses in mathematics, economics, and various business areas. Some of these courses can be taken as part of the undergraduate engineering coursework while others can be taken during summers. Planning is the key: Once admitted into the Combined Program, students are assigned an advisor from the College of Engineering to assist them in designing a program of study to meet their needs. In the senior year, an additional advisor is assigned from MBA program.

BS in Engineering/MBA Guidelines

    • Students who wish to enter the program during the freshman year should notify the Associate Dean of Engineering by March 1 of the year they wish to begin the program.
    • Engineering students can be conditionally admitted to the MBA program as an incoming freshman or at any time during their undergraduate programs.


Formal acceptance is granted after they meet all the standard MBA admissions requirements, which are:

  1. A minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5
  2. A minimum Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 450.
  3. A total of at least 1050 points based on the following formula: (GPA * 200) + GMAT score > 1050. An additional 100 points can be awarded for approved managerial work experience.
  4. Completion of required foundation courses before starting the MBA Program.
  5. The engineering degree is granted upon completing all requirements at the end of senior year.
  6. The MBA degree is granted upon completing all requirements with a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the MBA courses (the work toward the MBA degree can be pursed as a part-time or full-time student).

Interested students should contact the Associate Dean of Engineering at 856-256-5300



Minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (for non-ECE Majors)                                                           back to top

The Minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers students majoring in disciplines other than ECE the opportunity to become familiar with principles and design practices used to meet the multidisciplinary needs of modern technology. The ECE minor provides undergraduate students from mathematics, the physical / chemical / biological / computer sciences, and the other engineering disciplines the required background to broaden their scientific and engineering knowledge in ECE, as well as for pursuing graduate work in ECE at Rowan or elsewhere.

ECE Minor is a popular program and admission is restricted to qualified applicants. Admission requirements include approval of department head, completion of appropriate math courses, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applications are accepted as follows: Sept 1 - Nov 1 for Fall admission; and Jan 20 - Apr 1 for Spring admission. Any exceptions must be approved by the Dean's Office. 

For additional details, course / graduation requirements as well as application information, please see our dedicated Minor in Electrical and Computer Engineering page