Students cannot use research to satisfy the Research Option requirement for the breadth electives, and also to satisfy depth elective credit. Research must be used for one or the other. If students are using the Research Option to satisfy breadth elective credit, they will need to fulfill their 12 hours of depth electives by taking classes. For more information on the Research Option, go here: http://undergradresearch.gatech.edu/research-option
If students are using the Research Option to fulfill their 15 required hours of breadth electives, they can do research anywhere at Georgia Tech. Their research does not have to be in the engineering department, or in engineering at all. To complete the Research Option, students must do at least nine hours of research for either credit or pay. They will also take two thesis writing courses, LMC 4701 and LMC 4702. If students complete the Research Option by doing less than the 15 hours of required breadth electives, they can use any elective credit hours to substitute towards the 15 hours. So, for example, a student does six hours of research for credit, is awarded PURA for one semester and does three hours for pay, takes the two LMC courses and writes the thesis. In this scenario, the student has satisfied the requirements for the Research Option, and has a total of eight hours of credit. The student will still need seven hours of credit in other courses to achieve the 15 required hours for breadth elective credit.