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Engineering at BC

GreatApe213GreatApe213 Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2009 in Boston College
soo i just got accepted, and i really like bc, but i wanted to major in engineering (mechanical or environmental) and bc doesnt really have an engineering major. problem? does bc have a 3-2 program? (i thought they did but couldnt find it at their site)
thanks
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  • BC2012guyBC2012guy Posts: 155Registered User Junior Member
    What do you mean by a 3-2 program? BC has no engineering program. Closest things (I think) would be the geoscience and physics. I suggest speaking to David Quigley, dean of Arts and Sciences if you have any questions. He is a very nice guy and super knowledgeable.
  • miragemagemiragemage Posts: 587Registered User Member
    There is no engineering major at BC. You can only be a physics major or something of the sort; however, that does not stop you from becoming an engineer. I remember Reddune speaking of a program between BC and BU with engineering. He can probably enlighten you on that, but it's a shame he isn't on as often now.
  • GreatApe213GreatApe213 Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
    the 3-2 is a program that lets you go to a school for 3 yrs majoring in something engineering or science related, then go to grad school for 2 and get a masters in engineering. i know colgate has it (got in today!) and as wondering if anyone knew if bc did
  • hebrewhammerhebrewhammer Posts: 793Registered User Member
    The 3-2 programs I looked into when applying to schools involved 5 years spread across two separate undergraduate institutions, with 3 years at one school culminating in a BA in whatever major you choose and the two years at the other school culminating in a BA or BS of some sort of engineering.
    Personally, though, I would recommend against that. For one thing, it would be kind of annoying to switch schools like that. For another, though, I don't think you can really be certain that you want to be an engineer, and if you are (or aren't) you'd be better off taking engineering classes from the very beginning.
  • sowmitsowmit Posts: 183Registered User Junior Member
    If you really want to go to BC, I would suggest you take math, physics and chemistry at BC and after your freshmen year transfer to either BU, Tufts or NorthEastern. If you have good grades, I am pretty sure that they will accept you.
  • sportgirl234sportgirl234 Posts: 34Registered User Junior Member
    i disagree no freshman wants the thought of having to transfer right after freshman year especially to a school of a lesser caliber (no offense to anyone attending those schools) i would suggest either doing 4 years at bc with emphasis on math and science or chosing a school with that specific program you are looking for
  • MontegutMontegut Posts: 5,868Registered User Senior Member
    We have a friend who wanted to go to BC but when found they had no engineering program, took a look at WPI. Loves it.
    We're looking at Marquette. Jesuit and engineering. There's also SLU, if you want Jesuit and engineering as well.
  • GreatApe213GreatApe213 Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
    hh: yeah, that makes sense. but no, im not positive i want to major in engineering, which is why i liked the idea of the 3-2, because then i could always fall back on a liberal arts BA (colgate). i got into lehigh's engineering school which i guess has excellent engineering, but if i decided i didnt really want to be an engineer after trying i couldnt really back out.

    sportgirl: actually im still waiting to hear from tufts (which i dont think is less caliber than bc, probably tougher to get into). it has engineering and great liberal arts. but idk we'll see.

    so at bc id go for 4yrs or so, then switch to a school with engineering, when i couldve just gone to a school with engineering in the first place (lehigh/tufts/gw), no?
  • scottjscottj Posts: 1,003Registered User Senior Member
    Dear GreatApe213 : A suggestion - get ahold of the engineering course guide (on line or in book form) and read about each engineering core (required) course in the major and ask yourself a simple question : does it sound "cool"? If 80% of the courses are not "cool" topics now, they are not going to improve in the near term.

    Another suggestion - I really think you need to visit Lehigh and ask to audit a day of engineering courses. Sit through the classes (whether or not you understand the material), meet one or two professors, and talk to the students.

    As for Lehigh vs. Tufts vs. GW, the schools are very different which should make the decision easy. The most "rural" setting is clearly Lehigh; Tufts is slightly out of the way from a Boston perspective, and GW in the Washington DC area would be the most metropolitan. As for engineering prestige, I think of Lehigh and Tufts equally with GW a distant third. Tufts stresses international engagements in many departments followed by GW; Lehigh has many fewer study abroad candidates.

    Hope that this helps. Good luck.
  • GreatApe213GreatApe213 Posts: 97Registered User Junior Member
    and by "cool", do you mean modern/relevant to the future? ive actually planned on going into alternative energy (hence mech and envr engineering). both tufts and lehigh have both these majors, and a gw prof called my house yesterday saying they were actually doing work with alternative energy. so the decisions not really easy, wish it was

    i know this is a bc forum, but could anyone enlighten me with some facts or info to help me make this decision between these four schools?
  • hebrewhammerhebrewhammer Posts: 793Registered User Member
    I'm an engineering student at Tufts, and at least here they make it very easy to switch between the School of Engineering and the School of Arts and Sciences. From your posts it sounds like this is unfortunately not the case at Lehigh.
    Tufts is a great place to be whether you're interested in engineering, not interested, or might be interested. I say that because it has a fairly strong engineering program, very strong programs in other areas (especially IR), and it's very easy to switch between them (at least if you do it early on). I believe I heard that our engineering school has one of the lowest net attrition rates compared to other engineering schools, as many liberal arts students decide to switch over.
    I had a similar dilemma to yours when first applying, and while I've since become more certain that I want engineering, I'm very glad that I wound up somewhere that offered engineering as well as the option to switch out of it.
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