Multidisciplinary Minor in Cognitive Science

Multidisciplinary Minor in Data Science

Multidisciplinary Minor in Imaging



Minor in Materials Science and Engineering

Multidisciplinary Minor in Robotics

Multidisciplinary Minor in Systems Engineering




The Multidisciplinary Minor in Cognitive Science has the following requirements:

  1. Cognitive Psychology (PSYC S210).
  2. Object-Oriented Software Development (CSSE 220) 
  3. Philosophy of Mind (IPHIL H401) or Philosophy of Science (PHIL H402) or Human Nature (PHIL H403)
  4. Three additional courses from the list below. At least two courses must be from the same group. A course may not satisfy more than one requirement of the minor.
  5. Substitutions may be made with the approval of the Minor Advisor.


Mind and Behavior group

PHIL H401 Philosophy of Mind
  • ECON S356 Game Theory
  • PSYC S100 Introduction to Psychology
  • PHIL S403 Human Nature
  • PSYC S310 Methods for Studying Human Behavior

Computation and Artificial Intelligence group

  • CSSE 290 Cognitive Computing
  • CSSE 413 Artificial Intelligence
  • CSSE 453 Topics in Artificial Intelligence
  • CSSE 463 Image Recognition
  • PSYC S410 Computational Psychology
  • MA 416 Deep Learning

Neuroscience group

  • BE 310 Analysis of Physiological Systems I
  • BE 520 Introduction to Brain Machine Interfaces
  • BE 543 Neuroprosthetics


Any student may obtain a Multidisciplinary Minor in Data Science by taking the following courses:

Introductory Statistics Course (4 credit hours):
One of the following courses

  • MA223 Engineering Statistics I
  • MA382 Introduction to Statistics with Probability

Introductory Computer Science Courses (8 credit hours):

  • CSSE120 Introduction to Software Development
  • CSSE220 Object Oriented Software Development

Electives (16 credit hours):
Two courses from the list below:

  • MA386 Statistical Programming
  • MA384 Data Mining
  • CSSE230 Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis

A minimum of two additional course from the list below: (See degree separation requirement below.)

  • BMTH312 Bioinformatics
  • CSSE333 Database Systems
  • CSSE413 Artificial Intelligence
  • CSSE433 Advanced Database Systems
  • CSSE434 Introduction to the Hadoop Ecosystem
  • CSSE463 Image Recognition
  • CSSE481 Web-Based Info Systems
  • CSSE490 Internet of Things
  • CSSE335/MA335 Introduction to Parallel Computing
    ECON S451 Econometrics
  • MA384 Data Mining
  • MA386 Statistical Programming
  • MA415 Machine Learning
  • MA419 Deep Learning
  • MA482 Bioengineering Statistics
  • MA483 Bayesian Data Analysis
  • MA485 Applied Regression and Time Series
  • ME447 Visualizing Data
  • ME497 Reproducible Research
  • PH327 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Notes and limitations on requirements:

  • Degree Separation Requirement: The Multidisciplinary Minor in Data Science must be separated from any other minor and the named required courses of any major by a minimum of 16 credit hours. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the minor advisor for Data Science and the heads of both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering.
  • Electives not listed above may be substituted with other courses with the approval of the minor advisor for Data Science.
  • The minor plan of study must be approved by the minor advisor for Data Science and the student’s advisor. 


In a globally competitive environment, the need to rapidly transition from an innovative idea to a viable product necessitates that 21st Century engineers and scientists think and act in an entrepreneurial manner. Not everyone must be interested in starting a technology-based company, but it is important to understand the business requirements of technology commercialization. These skills help students become leaders.

To prepare students for this new workplace, the Department of Engineering Management offers a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies to complement their undergraduate technical education. The five course curriculum (20 credits) introduces students to the fundamentals of an entrepreneurial mindset.

Two required courses (total of 8 credits):

EMGT 330 - Introduction to Engineering Management
EMGT 532 - Technical Entrepreneurship

Three elective courses (total of 12 credits) from the following:

EMGT 100 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship
EMGT 520 - Accounting for Technical Managers
EMGT 523 - Marketing in New Product Development
EMGT 526 - Innovation Management & Forecasting
EMGT 527 - Project Management
ECON S151 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON S152 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECON S352 - Corporate Finance
ECON S350 - International Trade & Globalization
ECON S355 - International Finance
PHIL H202 - Business and Engineering Ethics

Note: There are no prerequisites for the EMGT courses, but the HSSA courses have prerequisites. Please refer to the course catalog.

With approval from the Department Head of Engineering Management, course substitutions may be considered to align with a student’s professional aspirations. No more than one course may be transferred in to count toward the minor.


Imaging concerns the collection, manipulation, analysis, generation, understanding and processing of images. It includes computer graphics, computer vision, optical imaging and filtering, signal processing and aspects of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Imaging is used across all areas of science and engineering, for example, in the vision systems in self-driving cars, in robotics, and in automating medical diagnostics, even to the point of detecting a person’s pulse from a video of their face. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers a multidisciplinary minor in imaging. The minor requires 24 credits (6 courses): three required courses and three imaging electives from the list below. Since imaging is a multidisciplinary minor, at least 12 of the 24 credits must be courses that are not named required courses for the student’s major. 

Students choose a track to pursue. Each track allows the student to gain depth in a different area. Each has its own required courses and suggested electives (although any electives from the list below are acceptable).

Track 1: ​Medical Imaging
Expected majors: ​BE, EE, CPE, PH, OE, EP
Required courses: ​ECE584/BE541, ECE480, BE340 or ECE380
Plus three electives from the Imaging Electives list below.
Recommended electives: ​BE435/OE435, MA439, CSSE463  

Track 2: ​Image Recognition
Expected majors: ​CS, SE, PH/OE/EP, EE/CPE, MA, ME
Required courses: ​ECE582/PH537, CSSE463, MA490 (Deep Learning)
Plus three electives from the Imaging Electives list below.
Recommended electives: ​MA490 (Machine Learning), ECE480/OE437, CSSE461

Track 3: ​Real-time Rendering
Expected majors: ​CS/SE, ECE, MA
Required courses: ​CSSE351, CSSE451, MA323
Plus three electives from the Imaging Electives list below.
Recommended electives: ​MA371 or MA373, ECE480,​ ​CSSE/MA325, IA142 or IA244

Track 4: ​Acquisition of Images
Expected majors: ​ECE, PHOE, BE 
Required courses:  ​ECE480/OE437, PH405, OE295  
Plus three electives from the Imaging Electives list below.
Recommended electives: ​OE480, OE392

Track 5: ​Creative Imaging
Expected majors: ​CS/SE, ECE, MA
Required courses: ​IA142, ECE480,​ ​CSSE/MA325
Plus three electives from the Imaging Electives list below.
Recommended electives: ​CSSE351, MA323, IA244

Imaging Electives (choose any 12 credits that are not required for your track, as long as at least 12 of the 24 credits for the minor are not named, required courses for your major)

BE340 Biomedical Signal Processing or ECE380 Discrete-Time Signal Processing (only one can be taken as a minor elective)

BE435/OE435 Biomedical Optics 

CSSE325/MA325 Fractals and Chaotic Dynamical Systems

CSSE351 Computer Graphics, 

CSSE413 Artificial Intelligence  

CSSE451 Advanced Computer Graphic

CSSE461 Computer Vision

CSSE463 Image Recognition

ECE480/OE437 Introduction to Image Processing

ECE580 Digital Signal Processing

ECE582/PH537 Advanced Image Processing

ECE584/BE541 Medical Imaging Systems

IA142 Drawing or IA244 Design and Color (only one can be taken as a minor elective) 

MA323 Geometric Modeling

MA371 Linear Algebra or MA373 Applied Linear Algebra

MA439 Mathematical Methods of Image Processing

MA490 Deep Learning

MA490 Machine Learning

OE295 Photonics Devices and Systems OE392 Linear Optical Systems. 

OE480 Optical System Design

OE592 Fourier Optics and Applications

PH405 Semiconductor Materials and Applications

PH538 Introduction to Neural Networks

Any special topics course or independent study in any major that involves imaging (must be approved by the Imaging Program Director. 


Materials science and engineering is a broad field of study.  As the name implies, it encompasses foundational knowledge from the sciences (e.g. physics, chemistry, and biology) and it includes the engineering application of this knowledge to create new materials and to select, modify, and combine existing materials in novel and useful ways. Developments in materials science and engineering are critical to success in many areas of science and technology. The relationship between the structure, processing, and properties of materials is central to the discipline, and therefore the courses in this minor teach students about one or more of these areas. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers a Minor in Materials Science and Engineering to recognize students who have gained experience in these areas while at Rose-Hulman. Students in any degree program are eligible for this minor, except students working toward the minor in Solid State Physics/Materials Science.

To earn the Minor in Materials Science and Engineering, a student must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours according to the guidelines below.  These guidelines are designed to be flexible in order to accommodate students from different majors across the Institute. Consequently, some courses are listed in multiple categories even though any given course may only be counted once toward the minor. In some cases, a prerequisite may be waived if the instructor determines that the student has sufficient background knowledge from previous coursework taken in other departments. Prerequisites are included for reference but are subject to change; the course catalog contains the official prerequisites. 

  • One of the following introductory courses (or course sequences):





BE 361 & BE 351

Biomaterials &

Biomedical Engineering Lab



BE 331* and BE 361*

CHE 315

Materials Science and Engineering


CHEM 115

ME 328

Materials Engineering


CHEM 111


  • A total of 20 additional credit hours from one or both of the following categories. Any course required for a student’s major (excluding elective courses required for the major, and other exceptions as specified in the footnotes) does not count toward these 20 credit hours, nor does any course taken to satisfy requirement (1) above.
    • A minimum of 12 credit hours of the following elective courses:





BE 361




BE 534

Soft Tissue Mechanics


EM 203, and EM 204 or BE 331**

BE 539

Multiscale Biomechanics


EM 203 or EM  204, and BE 331**

BE 560

Tissue-Biomaterial Interactions


BE 361**

CE 320

Civil Engineering Materials1



CHE 315

Materials Science and Engineering2


CHEM 115

CHE 441

Polymer Engineering


CHE 404***, and CHEM 251**

CHE 515

Nanomaterials Science & Engineering


CHE 315** or ME 328**

CHEM 562

Physical Polymer Chemistry


CHEM 361 or CHE 303

ECE 416 

Introduction to MEMS: Fabrication &

Applications (cross-listed with CHE

405, EP 410, and ME 416) 


Junior or Senior class standing





ECE 419 

Advanced MEMS: Modeling &

Packaging (cross-listed with CHE 419 and EP 411) 


EP 410 or equivalent course

ECE 543 

Electromagnetic Metamaterials


ECE 341

EP 330 

Material Failure


PH 112

ME 328 

Materials Engineering2


CHEM 111

ME 414

Materials Selection in Mechanical Design


EM 204 

ME 423 



EM 204

ME 424 

Mechanics of Composites


EM 204 and ME 328

ME 428 

Materials Research and Instrumentation


CHEM 111 and Jr Standing

ME 517 

Mechanics of Metal Forming


EM 204

OE 360 

Optical Materials


PH 255 and PH 316

PH 255 

Foundations of Modern Physics


PH 113 and MA 211*

PH 405 

Semiconductor Materials & Applications


PH 113 or PH 255 or PH 265

PH 407 

Solid State Physics


PH 255 or PH 265

PH 440 

X-rays and Crystalline Materials


PH 255 or PH 265

CHEM 470 

Absorption Spectroscopy



CHEM 470 

Raman Spectroscopy



CHEM 470 




PH 113


EM 204

Physics III3


Statics & Mechanics of Materials II3


PH 112 and MA 112 and MA 113*


EM 121

With permission of a minor advisor, up to four credit hours of independent study and/or self-directed research

≤ 4


       1CE majors may count CE 320 toward fulfillment of the minor even though it is in category (2)

      2CHE 315 and ME 328 cannot both count toward fulfillment of the minor

      3PH 113 or EM 204 cannot be taken as a terminal course. A materials elective that requires

     PH 113 or EM 204 as a prerequisite must also be taken in fulfillment of minor requirements.

    *corequisite course; **consent of instructor; *** or concurrent registration


  • A maximum of 8 credit hours of the following elective courses that focus on mechanics of materials:





EM 505 

Theory of Elasticity


EM 203 or EM 204

ME 422 

Finite Elements for Engineering Applications


EM 204

ME 522 

Advanced Finite Element Analysis


ME 422

A student interested in pursuing a Minor in Materials Science and Engineering should consult with one of the following minor advisors: Dr. Patrick Cantwell (Department of Mechanical Engineering), Dr. Emma Dosmar (Department of Biology and Biomedical Engineering), or Dr. Marissa Tousley (Department of Chemical Engineering). Successful completion of this minor will be indicated on the student’s transcript. 


Robotics is a fast-growing field that is inherently multidisciplinary, incorporating mechanical systems, electrical systems, and software. It includes mobile robotics, mechatronics, and assistive technologies. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology offers a multidisciplinary minor in robotics to recognize students who have gained experience in these areas while at Rose-Hulman. 

To earn the Multidisciplinary Minor in Robotics, a student needs to complete the three courses listed below plus additional courses listed below per the student’s major.

Courses that all majors must complete [12 credit hours]

  • CSSE120 Introduction to Software Development1,2
  • ME435/CSSE435 Robotics Engineering
  • ECE425 Introduction to Mobile Robotics

 Note for ME and BE students: CSSE120 can be used as a course substitution for the required introduction to programming course (ME123 or BE100).  However, ME and BE students may take both the required class AND CSSE120.  CSSE120 will then count as a free elective.
 Note for ENGD students: CSSE120 is taught within ENGD 110/120.

In addition to the courses listed above students completing the robotics minor need to complete the courses below that apply to their major. (Students with a double major or double degree may choose which major to use.  If a student decides to switch majors, that student must complete a track below appropriate for their final degree.  These degree requirements are evaluated only at the time of your graduation.)

(1)  CS and SE majors - Additional required courses:

  • ME430 Mechatronic Systems
  • 8 credits of Robo Electives (see list below)

(2)  CPE majors - Additional required courses:

  • CSSE463 Image Recognition
  • ECE320 Linear Control Systems3
  • 8 credits of Robo Electives (see list below)

Note, the list of additional required CPE courses appears to be 1 course longer than other tracks, but CPE students are required to take either Linear Control Systems (ECE320) or Discrete-Time Signals and Systems (ECE380) already, so the requirement to take ECE320 should not cause the CPE track to be any longer.

(3)  EE majors - Additional required courses:

  • CSSE220 Object-Oriented Software Development
  • 8 credits of Robo Electives (see list below)

(4) ME majors - Additional required courses:

  • CSSE220 Object-Oriented Software Development
  • ME403 Kinematics of Machinery -or- ME497 Robot Dynamics and Control
  • ME406 Control Systems4
  • 4 credits of Robo Electives (see list below)

4Note, the list of additional required ME courses appears to be 1 course longer than other tracks, but ME students are required to take either Control Systems (ME406) or Vibration Analysis (EM406) already, so the requirement to take ME406 should not cause the ME track to be any longer.

(5) ENGD majors - Additional required courses:

  • ES214 Mechanical Systems 2
  • ES205 Analysis and Design of Engineering Systems
  • ME406 Controls
  • ME430 Mechatronic Systems
  • MDS410/20/30 Multidisciplinary Capstone - ENGD majors should select projects that build on robotics learning from earlier courses.

(6) For majors not listed above - Additional required courses:

  • CSSE220 Object-Oriented Software Development
  • ME430 Mechatronic Systems
  • BE350 or ECE 320 or ME 406 [or a Controls course from any major]5
  • 4 credits of Robo Electives (see list below)

5 For BE majors, a controls course will fill an area requirement.  So, much like the ME track, the requirement to have a controls course should not cause this track to be longer for BE majors than tracks for other majors.


Robotics Electives

Students choose Robotics Electives from the list below subject to the restrictions that a student’s Robotics Elective courses(s) cannot be any course listed above as an additional required course for the student’s major, and cannot be a course listed as a named requirement for the student’s major.

  • BE350 Biocontrol Systems
  • BE520 Brain Machine Interfaces
  • BE543 Neuroprosthetics
  • CSSE413 Artificial Intelligence
  • CSSE480 Web App Frameworks with AppEngine
  • CSSE483 Android Application Development
  • CSSE484 iOS Application Development
  • CSSE461 Computer Vision
  • CSSE463 Image Recognition
  • CSSE490 Swarm Intelligence
  • CSSE290/490 Teamwork and Robotics
  • CSSE290/490 Software Challenges in Robotics
  • ECE320 Linear Controls
  • ECE300 Continuous Time Signals and Systems
  • ECE414 Wireless Systems
  • ECE420 Discrete-time Control Systems
  • ECE480/PH437 Image Processing
  • ECE483 Digital Signal Processing System Design
  • ECE582/PH537 Advanced Image Processing
  • ECE583 Pattern Recognition
  • IA471 Computational Psychology
  • ME403 Kinematics of Machinery
  • ME406 Control Systems
  • ME445 Robot Dynamics and Control
  • ME497 Three Dimensional Dynamics
  • ME506 Advanced Control Sys
  • ME518 Advanced Kinematics
  • EM502 Advanced Dynamics
  • EP408 Microsensors
  • CSSE490/ME497/ECE497 Robotics Studio
  • Independent study courses in robotics [requires approval BEFORE the course is taken]



  1. Curricular Requirement
    1. Core Courses (16 credits)
      1. HUM H130 Introduction to Sustainability (4 credits)
      2. BIO191 Environmental Science (4 credits)
      3. ECON S151 Microeconomics (4 credits)
      4. MDS302 Sustainability in Practice (2 credits): prerequisites: HUM H130, BIO191, ECON S151
        This is a project-based course to provide hands-on experiences for student teams working on real-world problems related to sustainability. This could include design projects, scientific research, modeling-based projects, or studies to improve campus sustainability. The course instructor will mentor teams with routine assignments that relate to their design or research process through oral and written communication.
      5. MDS402 Seminar in Sustainability (2 credits): prerequisite MDS302
        This course provides students with the opportunity to examine, analyze, and reflect upon sustainability as it related to their project or research work. Course work includes weekly readings and discussions, individual essays, and in-class and public presentations. Successful completion of this course will require students to have completed the co-curricular requirements.
    2. Three electives (4 credits each = 12 credits) Students must take a total of at least four credits from a list of Social courses and at least eight credits from a list of Technical and Scientific courses. Alternatively, students can design their own plan of study for elective courses that suit their particular interests and field of study with approval of the HERE Co-directors, Jenny Mueller and Mark Minster.
      1. Social (HSS requirement)
        ECON S351 Environmental Economics
        ENGL H349 Nature and Literature
        HIST H322 Disasters and Modern Society
        HIST H425 Cities and Technology in the Industrial Age
        PHIL H201 Bioethics
        PHIL H202 Business and Engineering Ethics
        RELG H101 Nature and Religion

      2. Technical and Scientific (Discipline Specific Tech Elective)
        BIO320 Ecology (prerequisite: BIO130)
        CE250 Sustainable Civil Engineering Design (2 credits)
        CE460 Introduction to Environmental Engineering
        CE471 Water Resources Engineering
        CHEM470 Green Chemistry (Special Topics)
        CHE465 Energy and the Environment
        CSSE241 Computing in a Global Society
        ECE371 Sustainable Energy Systems (prerequisite: ECE204)
        ECE398 Appropriate Technologies for Developing Countries (Special Topics)
        EMGT587 Systems Engineering
        ME408 Renewable Energy (prerequisite: ES202)
  2. Co-curricular requirements: Students record via Co-curricular Report on Banner Web. Students will need to complete these requirements to pass MDS402 Seminar, which is taken senior year. Requirements will be prorated for students joining the program after their freshman year.
    1. Three professional development activities per year (guest speakers; trips to St. Louis, Bloomington, Chicago, and Subaru plant each year; Terre Haute Farmer’s Market; etc.)
    2. Six project hours per year (Campus garden and greenhouse, Ryves neighborhood, RHIT Campus Day of Service, RHIT Campus Beautification, Keep Terre Haute Beautiful, Student-led initiatives, etc.)


According to INCOSE – International Council on Systems Engineering, a system is a construct or collection of different elements that together produce results not obtainable by the elements alone.  By this definition, everything is a system, including what engineers design. Systems Engineering is an engineering discipline whose responsibility is creating and executing an interdisciplinary process to ensure that the customer and stakeholder's needs are satisfied in a high quality, trustworthy, cost efficient and schedule compliant manner throughout a system's entire life cycle. As the systems that engineers design become exponentially more complex, the task of ensuring that solutions satisfy stakeholder needs is becoming exponentially more difficult. The field of systems engineering provides a broad spectrum of tools that can be used to help engineers manage complexity, predict and address risk, ensure safety, gather and manage information, and provide solutions with greater value to the intended stakeholders. The purpose of the Minor in Systems Engineering is to provide a more in-depth exposure to systems engineering concepts than students would see in their traditional engineering courses. The minor also requires students to identify the relationships between these systems engineering topics and what they learned in their traditional engineering or science curricula.

Minor Advisor: Dr. Craig Downing

Students are required to take the following courses:

  • EMGT587 –Systems Engineering
  • EMGT584 – Systems Thinking and Evaluation
  • MA223 or MA381
  • MDS440 - Systems Engineering Capstone

Students must take additional three courses from the following list of electives

  • EMGT472 – Reliability Engineering
  • EMGT445 – Quality Methods
  • EMGT561 – Failures of Engineered Systems
  • EMGT564 – Systems Architecture
  • EMGT567 – Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects
  • EMGT562 – Risk Analysis and Management
  • EMGT589 – Manufacturing Systems
  • MA444 – Deterministic Models in Operations Research
  • MA445 – Stochastic Models in Operations Research
  • MA341 – Topics in Mathematical Modeling

Special Topics Courses can be approved as SE Minor Electives by SE Minor Advisor

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