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University Honors
Departmental Honors
Five Year B.S./M.S. Program
Double Major / Dual Degree
Engineering Management Minor
Other Minors
iCons (Integrated Concentration in Science)

Beyond the requirements for a BS-CSE or BS-EE degree, there are many enhancements available. Where appropriate, each link will open in a new window.  

University Honors

Commonwealth Honors College provides a diverse community of academically talented students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst with extensive opportunities for analysis, research, leadership development and international experience. Small honors classes foster intellectual exchange and close interaction with faculty, offering the advantages of a small college alongside all the resources of a nationally recognized research university. The honors curriculum promotes education that is both broad and deep. Through honors general education courses, students reach beyond the boundaries of their academic major, while advanced scholarship tracks afford students opportunities to delve deeply into topics of interest and contribute new and original knowledge to their fields of study. In addition, the honors college offers an array of leadership development opportunities, community-engaged research, entrepreneurial initiatives, and international programs—all designed to foster global perspectives, diverse viewpoints, dialogue on social justice, and responsible research skills.

For more information, go to:

https://www.honors.umass.edu

Departmental Honors

Qualified ECE undergraduate students are encouraged to consider joining ECE Departmental Honors (DH) — an Advanced Scholarship track of Commonwealth Honors College — at the beginning of their junior year. The DH track offers enhanced engineering coursework as well as the opportunity to work closely with an ECE faculty member on research or project work that culminates in an independent senior thesis.

For more information, go to:

Departmental Honors in ECE

Five-Year B.S./M.S. program

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) offers a five-year program through which students can obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Systems Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering within a five-year time frame. The B.S. and M.S. degrees offered through this program are identical to the individual B.S. and M.S. degrees offered by the ECE department. The combined five-year program provides students with the opportunity to obtain these degrees in less time than would be required when pursuing them independently. In addition, the five-year program offers a simplified process for admission to the Graduate School.

For more information, go to:

Five-Year B.S./M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Double Major / Dual Degree

There are two options once you have completed the requirements for two programs, Double Major or Dual Degree.

  • Whichever option you choose, it must be completed in 10 semesters.

  • Once a student has graduated, the transcript is closed. A student cannot be awarded a degree retroactively after having graduated, even if they have fulfilled all of the requirements. However, they can apply for a Post-Graduate Second Bachelor's Degree.

  • A double major requires only 120 total credits, i.e., the same as a single major. In other words, you have earned one degree, but you have fulfilled the requirements for two majors.

  • A dual degree requires an additional 30 credits, and you have earned a second Bachelor's degree.

  • For both options, students generally declare a second major near the end of their sophomore year. For a dual degree, additional paperwork must be filed with the Registrar's office.

For more information, refer to the Academic Regulations. Search on "Double Major" until you find its section. The section on "Second Bachelor's Degree" is next:

https://www.umass.edu/registrar/sites/default/files/academicregs.pdf

Engineering Management Minor

The Engineering Management Minor is an interdisciplinary minor that provides engineering students with background in the areas of finance, accounting, marketing, and management. It is offered through the College of Engineering and the Isenberg School of Management.

For more information, go to:

http://engineering.umass.edu/engineering-management-minor

Other Minors

In addition to the Engineering Management Minor, all ECE students are eligible to earn a minor in a program outside of engineering. The most common minors are in Computer Science and Math, but recent graduates in CSE and EE have earned minors in Economics, Physics, Political Science, Linguistics, French Studies, Philosophy, Information Technology, and Aerospace Studies.

For information about the Computer Science minor, go to:

https://www.cics.umass.edu/ugrad-education/cs-minor

For information about the Math minor, go to:

https://www.math.umass.edu/undergraduate/minor

iCons (Integrated Concentration in Science)

The misson of iCons is to produce the next generation of leaders in science and technology with the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to solve the inherently multi-faceted problems facing our world. iCons is a 20-credit academic program offered by the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. iCons provides integrative science and engineering education that addresses problems of global significance through interdisciplinary teamwork.

iCons students have individual majors in departments spanning the Colleges of Natural Science, Engineering, and Public Health. The iCons program enhances each student’s disciplinary training through a four-year program of interdisciplinary case studies, laboratory work, and research, producing problem-solvers with powerful communication, teamwork, and leadership skills.

For more information, go to:

http://www.cns.umass.edu/icons-program/