Academic Enrichment

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Students may select Academic Enrichment as their Secondary Technical Core. Under this option, a student can complete 14 credit hours of electives from diverse areas of study that are used to support his/her personal or career goals. 

In order to use courses towards Academic Enrichment, the student must submit an application for Academic Enrichment, which includes a Career Plan Statement. The application is reviewed by the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, who approves Academic Enrichment coursework. 

Applications for the approval of Academic Enrichment coursework must be submitted at least 12 months before graduation. If Academic Enrichment courses have been previously approved, requests to update courses to be used for AE can be submitted until the 12th class day of the graduating semester.

*Upcoming Events* Academic Enrichment Info Sessions 

Interested in the Academic Enrichment secondary technical core? Want to find out how to get your Academic Enrichment courses approved? Need advice on which Academic Enrichment courses to choose?

Dr. Jon Valvano (ECE Faculty Advisor) and Melissa Sellars (ECE Academic Advisor) will be presenting information sessions about the Academic Enrichment secondary technical core. Come and get your questions answered!

Academic Enrichment Application Submission Dates

Academic Enrichment applications are accepted during the following dates only: 


Step 1: Make sure you have declared your technical cores to include Academic Enrichment. Review information and procedures about declaring technical cores here.

Step 2: Research Academic Enrichment courses. 

  • Carefully review the guidelines listed below for Acceptable and Unacceptable Coursework.
  • Check for pre-requisites - remember that you must meet all prerequisite and co-requisite requirements for the offering department. 
  • Research how to enroll in courses in other departments as a non-major. Departments have different processes and procedures for this.
  • Plan ahead! Know when courses are offered. Some courses may be offered only once a year or every other year.

Need suggestions for courses outside of ECE? Review the links at the bottom of this page.

Step 3: Write your Career Plan Statement.  Review the information below about writing a career plan statement. View the example and prompts below in order to help you write your statement. 

Step 4: If you have selected Software Engineering Design as your primary technical core and Academic Enrichment as your secondary core, please review the following information. 

  • If the 464 design project is software only, then you must choose at least two of the following courses as electives: EE 316, EE 445L, and EE 445M.
  • If the 464 design project involves a significant hardware component, then you must choose at least one of the following courses as electives: EE 316, EE 445L, and EE 445M. 

If unsure, please meet with your Software Engineering Faculty Mentor

To verify this information, you will need to submit the Software + AE worksheet to the ECE Undergraduate Advising Office during the semester that you are taking EE 364D.

Software Engineering with Academic Enrichment Form

Step 5: Complete the Academic Enrichment ApplicationInclude your Career Plan Statement and list your courses for Academic Enrichment. This must be completed at least 12 months before graduation. Please note that AE Applications can take up to two weeks to process - be sure to plan accordingly. 

If you need to update courses to be used towards Academic Enrichment, these changes must be requested by resubmitting the Academic Enrichment application to include the updated courses. This must be completed no later than the 12th class day of your graduating semester.


The guidelines for Academic Enrichment courses may change, meaning that classes that were approved in the past for other students may no longer be eligible to be used. However, once a class is approved towards your AE contract we will not revoke approval even if the guidelines change prior to your graduation.

Acceptable Coursework:

  • At least 14 credit hours of coursework. Please only include enough courses to meet the minimum 14 credit hours requirement.
  • Requires advanced math/science course. 
  • No more than three credit hours of a lower division course. 
  • Courses must be taken for a grade - no pass/fail courses will count (with the exception of EE 125S). 
  • Courses must be taken in-residence. No transfer coursework. Courses taken via a study abroad program may count if pre-approved. 
  • Research done for course credit (EE X60 Special Problems courses, no more than one semester; ES 321 or ES 322 GLUE Undergraduate Research, up to two semesters).
  • Engineering Co-op (EE 325LX, 325LY, & 325LZ, or EE 225MA & 225MB; up to three credit hours).
  • Approved Engineering Internship in Industry (EE 125S, up to three credit hours). To earn EE 125S credit for an internship, paperwork needs to be submitted before the internship begins. 
  • Service Learning for Engineers (ES 160, ES 260, ES 360, up to two semesters) and/or Project Development with Underserved Communities (ES 277K, up to two semesters). 
  • Graduate coursework if taken for undergraduate credit; courses from the BSEE/MSE 5 year program CANNOT count towards AE and the MSE.
  • Students simultaneously enrolled in a dual degree program may count eligible courses upon approval. 
  • Up to one course counting towards a minor can be used for AE upon approval (2014-2016 catalogs and earlier). At least nine of the hours required for a minor must include coursework not used to satisfy the requirements of the BSEE (2016-2018 catalog). 
  • Certificate courses that can count towards a major in the offering department. At least one certificate course must be outside the requirements of the BSEE degree.

Unacceptable Coursework:

  • Courses that cannot count toward a degree in the offering department according to the official undergraduate catalog (examples include, but are not limited to General Engineering supplemental instruction, Elements of Computing or Business Foundations courses). ***As of January 2018, courses in the School of Information (INF) will no longer be accepted on newly submitted applications for Academic Enrichment.***
  • Courses that lack substantial rigor (examples include, but are not limited to: CH 301, CH 304K, CH 305K, and INF 312). Also includes courses that apply to personal growth and do not apply to specific careers in ECE (like courses in PED, ROTC, and HDF).
  • Courses that duplicate required course content. Examples include, but are not limited to: SDS 322 (because of overlap with EE 312); EDP 371 Introduction to Statistics, M 362K, and SDS 321 (because they overlap with EE 351K). If students wish more probability and statistics, they should consider classes like SDS 323 and SDS 378. 

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The Career Plan Statement serves two purposes. First, writing out your plan assists you in selecting appropriate elective courses and designing a plan that is right for you. Second, you will present this statement to the Undergrduate Faculty Advisor for approval on your Academic Enrichment application. Therefore, you should think carefully about your academic and career goals and choose courses that appropriately support those goals. 

In your statement, please address the following:

  • Your field(s) of interest. What elective courses are you interested in taking? Please provide specific course numbers and titles.
  • Your goals after graduation. For instance, do you plan on working in industry? Will you attend graduate school? If so, what type of degree will you pursue? Are you thinking about entering an MBA program, medical school, or law school? These are just some of the examples. Please explain what your goals are.
  • Discuss how your Academic Enrichment elective courses support these goals. Why have you chosen these particular courses? How will each of them prepare you for achieving your goals?
  • If applicable, please explain how your Academic Enrichment elective courses support your primary technical core. It is not required that the courses taken in the Academic Enrichment technical core support the primary technical core.

Sample Career Plan Statements: 

Audio Applications and Acoustics
Data Science and Mathematics
Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy
Medicine and Biotechnology
Robotics and Entrepreneurship
Sales and Marketing
Textiles and Apparel Design

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Please note that the courses within the programs listed in the links below are not guaranteed to be approved for Academic Enrichment. They are provided in order to give you ideas to use in preparing your application for Academic Enrichment. To register for non-EE courses, please contact those departments for instructions on how to register for courses as a non-major. 

Bridging Disciplines Programs  (May be eligible to use for AE if course is offered towards degree in that department)
College of Liberal Arts 
      *Department of Economics
      *Department of Geography and the Environment 
      *Department of Government 
      *Department of Philosophy 
      *Department of Psychology 
      *Department of Sociology
College of Natural Sciences 
McCombs School of Business
Minors & Certificates (May be eligible to use for AE if course counts towards degree in offering department. See    Acceptable Coursework guidelines).
Moody College of Communication 
School of Design and Creative Technologies 
Study Abroad: International Engineering Education 

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