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How hard is it to get into an engineering major at a top school as a biology focused student

T1inthehouseT1inthehouse 23 replies10 threads Junior Member
If I mainly took biology classes and life science related classes, along with anatomy and biology summer research programs during the summer, how hard would it be to get into an engineering major. When compared to other students who have likely done more things that impact their major such as coding are my chances diminished? I really want to go into computer science rather than biology, yet I feel since I chose the health track over engineering at my school it is harder to show my interest in engineering since I don't have the above and beyond coding experience that other students likely have.

I have good grades and test scores and decent extracurricular mainly with my research during the summer, yet those are all biology related. Does anyone have a similar experience of wanting to be in one field during high school but wanting to change that during college. Please share.
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  • Conformist1688Conformist1688 1240 replies31 threads Senior Member
    What level are you at in math?
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  • donnaleighgdonnaleighg 1548 replies33 threads Senior Member
    The science courses you have or have not taken are less important than your demonstrated aptitude and interest in math.
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  • Groundwork2022Groundwork2022 3497 replies80 threads Senior Member
    There are plenty of colleges that do not admit by major. Also, if you have pursued a rigorous high school STEM prep, that will prove you are ready for college level work. As the other posters have said, you'll need to show challenging math classes, and at least one physics class.
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  • T1inthehouseT1inthehouse 23 replies10 threads Junior Member
    edited December 2018
    AP calculus AB the highest for my school.
    edited December 2018
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  • Erin's DadErin's Dad 34136 replies4919 threads Super Moderator
    Being bio focused in HS will in no way preclude you getting into engineering. Your grades and scores are much more important.
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  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus 83779 replies743 threads Senior Member
    As long as you have a strong overall high school record, including taking math through precalculus (calculus if available to you) and science including physics and chemistry while in high school, you should be well prepared for and admissible to an engineering program. Since you mention CS, taking AP CS principles if it is offered in your high school can help you get an idea of what CS is all about.

    You should, however, be aware that CS and engineering majors are often oversubscribed, so you may have to add nominally less selective schools to your application list. In addition, you and your parents should run net price calculators on colleges of interest to check affordability before you apply.
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  • twoinanddonetwoinanddone 24946 replies20 threads Senior Member
    My daughter had only taken to Pre calc and physics. Not an issue.

    When she got to college, more than half the calc 1 students had taken calc 1 in high school (and more freshmen were starting in calc2 or 3). She just studied very hard in both calc and physics.
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  • intparentintparent 36291 replies644 threads Senior Member
    You’ll be fine. Schools don’t expect you to have mapped your life at age 17. You’ve kept your options open by staying on your school’s highest math track. Assuming your grades are good, your bio focus won’t matter.
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