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There are some students who desire the benefit of an undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences prior to pursuing a more technical or specialized degree and career. Such students are able to take advantage of several dual degree programs arranged between Rhodes and other universities.

For those students who are interested in pursuing studies in engineering, Rhodes offers three Dual Degree Programs. Dual Bachelor’s degree programs are offered in cooperation with Washington University in St. Louis and Christian Brothers University (Memphis). Bachelors / Masters programs in Electrical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering are offered in cooperation with the University of Memphis. Students outside the science disciplines are also encouraged to combine those studies with engineering. The coordinator of these programs at Rhodes is Dr. Ann Viano. Students interested in pursuing a dual degree engineering program should meet with Dr. Viano as early as possible.

In addition to dual degree programs, Rhodes also provides opportunities for students to plan for post baccalaureate study within the medical sciences. These opportunities, through The George Washington School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University are coordinated by Dr. Alan Jaslow.

Dual Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Engineering

Washington University, St. Louis. This program can be a 3-2 or 4-2 plan of study, meaning a student may complete the Rhodes requirements for this Dual Degree Program in three years at an accelerated pace or in four years, and then apply to Washington University for admission to the engineering program. The student receives two degrees, a Bachelor’s degree (a bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree) from Rhodes and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Washington University at the completion of all years of study. The student who pursues a Rhodes major in the Humanities, Social Sciences, or Fine Arts will generally complete the Rhodes portion in four years, applying elective hours to the Dual Degree core requirements.

To satisfy the Rhodes graduation requirements and the entrance requirements to Washington University, all students in the Dual Degree Program must do the following:

  1. Satisfy all Rhodes foundations requirements as described earlier in this section of the catalogue. Students should note that Washington University has specific requirements for the Humanities and Social Sciences. In particular, at least fifteen credits must be taken in Humanities and Social science, at least six in each division.
  2. Take the following core courses: Mathematics 121, 122, 223, 251; Chemistry 120, 120L; Physics 111, 111L, 112, 112L; Computer Science 141.
  3. Complete the following additional requirements depending on the Rhodes major and area of engineering to be studied at Washington University:
    1. Chemistry Major/Chemical Engineering: Chemistry 120, 120L, 211, 212, 212L, 240, 240L, 311, 312, 312L; Biology 130, 131L.
    2. Physics Major/Electrical Engineering: Physics 211, 250, 301, 302, 304, 325.
    3. Physics Major/Mechanical Engineering: Physics 211, 250, 304, 305, 306.
    4. Computer Science Major/Computer Engineering: Computer Science 142, 241, plus one of CS 330, 335, 355 or 360; Mathematics 201, and either Mathematics 311 or 370.
    5. Mathematics Major/System Science and Mathematics: Mathematics 201, 261, 311, 370, 465.
  4. Maintain a gpa (major and overall) of 3.25 at Rhodes for acceptance into the School of Engineering at Washington University.

Christian Brothers University, Memphis. This dual degree program is a 3-2 year plan of study. The student spends three years at Rhodes and completes all foundation requirements and the modified major requirements listed below for a major in physics, chemistry, or biochemistry/molecular biology, depending on the course of engineering to be pursued at Christian Brothers University. The student may also take select courses at Christian Brothers University during this time. The student applies to the engineering program at Christian Brothers University during the third year and becomes a full-time CBU student for two additional years. Both degrees, a Bachelor of Science from Rhodes and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from CBU, are awarded at the completion of five years of study.

To satisfy the Rhodes graduation requirements and the entrance requirements to Christian Brothers University, all students in the Dual Degree Program must complete the following:

  1. All Rhodes foundation requirements with the following stipulations:
    1. One of the F1 courses should be a philosophy course.
    2. A minimum of 80 credits of the Rhodes BS portion must be fulfilled with Rhodes courses.
  2. The following pre-engineering core courses:
    1. Physics 111/111L, 112/112L
    2. Math 121, 122, 223, 251
    3. Chemistry 120/120L
  3. The following additional Rhodes courses depending on the Rhodes major and course of engineering study to be pursued at Christian Brothers University. Courses in parentheses are CBU courses that are suitable substitutes for the Rhodes courses and will satisfy the major requirements at Rhodes:
    • Physics Major/Mechanical Engineering: Physics 211, 250, 304 (or CBU ECE 221), 305 (or CBU ME 202), 306 (or CBU program option course), Computer Science 141 (or CBU ME 112)
    • Physics Major/Civil Engineering: Physics 211, 213L, 250, 304 (or CBU ECE 221), 305 (or CBU ME 202), 406 (or CBU ME 305), Computer Science 141 (or CBU CE 112)
    • Physics Major/Electrical Engineering – electrical engineering curriculum:
      • Physics 211, 213L, 250, 406 (or CBU ME 305), one upper level physics elective at the 300 level or higher, Computer Science 141 (or CBU ECE 172)
      • Chemistry Major/Chemical Engineering- chemical engineering curriculum: Chemistry 211, 212, 212L, 240, 240L, 311, 312, 312L
    • Biochemistry Molecular Biology Major/Chemical Engineering- biochemical engineering curriculum: Biology 130, 131L, 140. 141L, 307, 325, 325L, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 310, Chemistry 211, 212, 212L, 240, 240L, 414
  4. The following CBU courses should be taken during the first three years of the program through the Rhodes-CBU exchange program (the Crosstown agreement), depending on the Rhodes major and course of engineering study to be pursued at Christian Brothers University:
    1. Physics Major/Mechanical Engineering: ME 121, ME 305
    2. Physics Major/Civil Engineering: CE 105, MATH 308
    3. Physics Major/Electrical Engineering - electrical engineering curriculum: ECE 221, ECE 222
    4. Chemistry Major or Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Major Chemical Engineering – either curriculum: CHE 231, CHE 232
  5. A minimum gpa of 2.5 at the time of application to Christian Brothers University is required. Only grades of “C” or higher will transfer to Christian Brothers University (“C-” and lower do not transfer).

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering

This program serves students who are interested in completing a master’s degree in biomedical engineering (BME). Students who participate in this program complete both BS and MS degrees in five years. The typical student in this program takes three years of coursework at Rhodes, and then two years of coursework and research in the joint program in biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis / University of Tennessee. Students may receive a paying job in a laboratory once accepted into the program (typically after their sophomore year). All students become eligible for graduate assistantships after the completion of their Rhodes undergraduate coursework. The typical graduate assistantship includes a full tuition-and-fees scholarship and a monthly salary. Students remain in graduate assistantship status throughout their fourth and fifth years.

Students can apply for this program once they have reached sophomore standing and have completed one semester of course work. Applications consist of an application form, one letter of reference and a copy of the student’s transcript. Each applicant will be required to complete an interview with a pre-graduate advisor. In order to remain in the program past the junior year, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25.

The course descriptions and details for each course may be found at the University of Memphis, the University of Tennessee, and the Rhodes College web sites.

The following requirements must be met to earn the two degrees:

1. Complete all Foundation requirements for the Rhodes degree 2. Complete the following core courses: Mathematics 121, 122, 223, 251; Computer Science 141; Chemistry 120, 120L; Physics 111, 111L, 112, 112L 3. Complete the following requirements for the specific major chosen at Rhodes: a. For the Chemistry major: Chemistry 211, 212, 212L, 240, 240L, 311, 312, 312L; Physics 304*, 305*. b. For the Physics major: Physics 211, 213L, two approved courses at the 300-level or higher*, a second semester of general chemistry from an institution offering a year-long introductory chemistry sequence 4. Complete the following additional undergraduate requirements at the University of Memphis: a. Mechanics 3322, Mechanics of Materials b. Mechanics 3331, Mechanics of Fluids c. *If Physics 304 has not been taken, then add EECE 2201. If Physics 305 has not been taken, then add Mechanics 2332. These courses will be transferred to Rhodes. Additional undergraduate credits in mathematics, science, or engineering may be transferred to meet requirement 5 below. 5. Complete the number of credits required for the Rhodes bachelor’s degree (from the first three years at Rhodes plus undergraduate courses transferred from UM). Successful completion of requirements 1-5 is necessary to fulfill the requirements for the B.S. degree. 6. Complete the following graduate courses at the University of Memphis and/or The University of Tennessee: a. BIOM 7209 (Measurements and Instrumentation) b. BIOM 7101 (BME Analysis I) c. BIOM 7004, 7005 (Life Science I, II) d. BIOM 7996, minimum 6 credits (MS Thesis) e. One additional graduate mathematics elective course and three additional graduate engineering elective courses. These elective courses are selected in consultation with the graduate advisor. f. Enrollment in the BME seminar/professional development course(s) is also required. g. Students are expected to complete an oral thesis defense.

Master of Science in Electrical Engineering

This program serves students who are interested in completing a Bachelor’s degree with a major in physics from Rhodes and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Memphis. Students who participate in this program receive both degrees after five years. The typical student in this program takes three years of coursework at Rhodes, followed by two years of coursework and research at the University of Memphis. All students become eligible for graduate assistantships after the completion of their undergraduate coursework. The typical graduate assistantship includes a full tuition-and-fees scholarship and a monthly salary.

Students can apply for this program once they have reached sophomore standing and have completed one semester of course work beyond the first year. In order to remain in the program past the junior year, students must maintain a GPA of at least 3.25.

The following requirements must be met to earn the two degrees:

  1. Complete all Rhodes Foundation requirements for the bachelor’s degree.
  2. Complete the following Rhodes courses: Mathematics 121, 122, 223, 251; Computer Science 141; Physics 111, 111L, 112, 112L, Physics 250, Physics 304 (or equivalent)
  3. Complete the following additional Rhodes courses (or equivalents) to complete the physics major at Rhodes:
    1. Physics 211, 213L, 301, 302
  4. Complete 128 credits of undergraduate coursework from Rhodes, the University of Memphis, and any other institutions.
  5. Complete the following graduate courses for the planned electrical engineering option:
    1. Memphis Signals and Systems Option
      1. EECE 3203 Signals and Systems I
      2. EECE 3204 Signals and Systems II
      3. EECE 3211 Electronics I
      4. EECE 6235 Probabilistic Systems Analysis
      5. EECE 7251 Random Signals and Noise
      6. 6 credits of EECE 7996 Thesis
      7. An additional 18 graduate credits
    2. Memphis Power Option
      1. EECE 3201 Circuit Analysis II
      2. EECE 3203 Signals and Systems I
      3. EECE 4201 Energy Conversion
      4. EECE 6235 Probabilistic Systems Analysis
      5. EECE 7251 Random Signals and Noise
      6. 6 credits of EECE 7996 Thesis
      7. An additional 15 graduate credits
  6. The following courses or their equivalents are suggested as prerequisites to the University of Memphis portion of the program: EECE 2222 Digital Circuits, EECE 2201 Circuit Analysis I

Second Degree Programs

George Washington School of Medicine Early Assurance Program

Qualified sophomores can apply for a commitment for acceptance to the George Washington School of Medicine following their graduation from Rhodes. This program allows students to use all four years at Rhodes to take prerequisite courses that would normally need to be completed in the first three years of college. In addition, qualified students are able to enroll in George Washington Medical School without taking the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT). This agreement allows a student to more easily study abroad or take part in special semester programs and projects while working towards a career in medicine. The contact person for this program is Dr. Alan Jaslow.

Vanderbilt University Master of Science in Nursing Prerequisite Agreement

The Vanderbilt School of Nursing, in agreement with Rhodes College, allows for all but one of their program’s prerequisite courses to be completed with Rhodes course work. An additional online nutrition course is needed. The Vanderbilt School of Nursing offers an accelerated path to master’s level advanced practice nursing, i.e. to become a nurse practitioner. The contact person for this path is Dr. Alan Jaslow.

Georgetown University Master of Arts in Latin American Studies

Rhodes students are eligible to apply for a Five-Year Cooperative Degree Program offered by Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). The program allows undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to Latin American Studies the opportunity to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies in five years. Dr. Amy Risley is the contact person for information on this opportunity.




PLEASE NOTE: This document reflects information as it was published in the 2014-15 Rhodes Catalogue. You may find more current information elsewhere on rhodes.edu.