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Double Concentration

milpballer12milpballer12 Posts: 32Registered User Junior Member
edited February 2013 in Brown University
Is it possible to have a double concentration in Physics and Engineering? Would this be like having two degrees in each subject?
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  • fireandrainfireandrain Posts: 3,414Registered User Senior Member
    It always helps to look at the Brown website first.

    Engineering Physics | School of Engineering
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Posts: 5,260Registered User Senior Member
    Is op asking about engineering physics or engineering and physics?
  • BrownAlumParentBrownAlumParent Posts: 650Registered User Member
    I guess it depends on what you wanted to do (and what kind of academic life you wanted to have in college?) In theory you could get an Engineering degree at Brown (easiest with mechanical engineering for the overlap) with an ScB, and also do an AB concentration in physics with the one "elective" spot a semester or so you have as an engineering concentrator (2 in the final years) to get your 8 physics courses for the AB. I think even with some overlapping courses (appl math etc) it would be pretty impossible to get an ScB in both. Some of the course work might be sort of redundant, making this hard course load easier, esp if you love math/physics etc. but still a pretty grueling, and not very rounded academic experience. Now I do know some ScB concentrators in Physics who have done full other concentrations. (One who is a senior now who I think has a second concentration in something like Hebrew or classics?)
  • physicist2016physicist2016 Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    I just had a general question regarding double concentrations and a the 5 year Sc.B and A.B program. Is it true that the only reason to go the 5 year route is if you want two baccalaureate degrees (and also some courses flexibility I suppose) rather than one (if one completes both concentrations in 4 years)? As I understand it, if you finish 2 concentrations on 4 years, you pick either to have your baccalaureate degree in the sciences or arts but both concentrations do show up on your external transcript showing that you successfully completed them?
  • aleph0aleph0 Posts: 238Registered User Junior Member
    Yes, basically that's right. You don't even get two diplomas if you stay 5 years. You get one diploma that is designated an AB-ScB.

    Also do note that if you double concentrate, it is commonly the case that a maximum of 2 courses can be counted towards both concentrations.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Posts: 5,260Registered User Senior Member
    there's really no reason to do the 5 years. I can write that I have an ScB in Biology and Classics which no one treats differently from an ScB in Biology and an AB in Classics.
  • BrownAlumParentBrownAlumParent Posts: 650Registered User Member
    aleph0: you might be asking (and it is a bit confusing) about AB and ScB degrees. In many, and all of the science concentrations, you can get either an AB degree, or a ScB degree, the latter having more courses, and usually some sort of research project and paper. Some AB degrees also have a requirement for a senior "capstone" project. (Brown uses the latin for degrees etc, so AB=BA at other colleges, ScB=BS. ) It is very hard, almost impossible to get dual ScB concentrations. You have ONE Brown undergrad degree, no mater what re undergrad concentrations completed. Now to confuse it a bit more, there are some students who do a 5th year. They usually are getting an additional degree, (Masters) in (one of ) the fields they concentrated in as an undergrad. (The CS dept has a very respected 5th year Masters for example.)
    So you can have an AB or an ScB in a science concentration.
  • aleph0aleph0 Posts: 238Registered User Junior Member
    @BrownAlumParent: Was that directed at me or at physicist2016? Just wanted to make sure. I think physicist2016 was asking specifically about the 5-year combined AB-ScB program.
  • BrownAlumParentBrownAlumParent Posts: 650Registered User Member
    ^ at Physicist, although thought was also referencing your question. The 5 year option of AB ScB does have very confusing wording, but seems to say that you still get one degree. Office of the Registrar: Undergraduate Programs
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