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Schools with combined science/business programs?

avocadofriesavocadofries 13 replies4 threads Junior Member
I've been doing research and looking for colleges with double programs where I can take both a hard science (ie chemistry) and something that deals with people (like economics, business, management, etc). The ones I've found look wonderful but are all reaches for me. Are there schools that also offer a joint program, but are more open?

Here's a couple I've found, for reference

UPenn's LSM
Claremont McKenna (BA BS in engineering and economics)


I'd also consider double majoring, or doing a major and minor, but I really want to graduate school within 4 years.
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  • merc81merc81 10805 replies173 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2019
    For another example of combined program, look into Lehigh:

    https://engineering.lehigh.edu/academics/undergraduate/interdisciplinary/integrated-business-engineering

    If you'd like to double major in business and, say, chemistry, look into the University of Richmond.

    If you might like to pair a core science with economics, then look into schools with notably flexible curricula such as Hamilton, Amherst and Brown.

    You also may want to research what the University of Rochester has to offer.
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  • chmcnmchmcnm 326 replies4 threads Member
    edited December 2019
    Drexel has some type of business/engineering combo degree.

    I would think it would be difficult at most places if you spanned different schools (business/engineering). They typically have different requirements. Doing a double in the same school (arts and sciences) like Chem/Econ would be simpler.
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  • taverngirltaverngirl 1223 replies37 threads Senior Member
    Clarkson has an engineering & business management program.
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  • boudersbouders 2516 replies174 threads Senior Member
    If you are interested in engineering, look into schools that offer engineering management or management engineering. It combines business and engineering.
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  • airway1airway1 770 replies3 threads Member
    Penn State has en energy finance degree in the earth and minerals school. You can at the same time double major in a few engineering programs that are in the EMS
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  • aquaptaquapt 2255 replies45 threads Senior Member
    The CMC Engineering & Econ program is a 3:2 program where you'd have to transfer to an engineering school (potentially Harvey Mudd but not necessarily) for the 4th and 5th years. Sounds like that isn't what you want. However, they also have a 4-year Science & Management program that seems closer to what you're looking for. https://www.kecksci.claremont.edu/majors/sciencemanagement.asp (As you can see, Pitzer and Scripps have versions of this also.)

    CMC and UPenn both have *much* higher acceptance rates for ED than for RD, so weigh whether they are too reachy in light of your willingness to go the ED route.

    There are lots of schools where you can combine business + science as a major+minor, and it's not too unusual to be able to do a dual major. CWRU's undergrad business program allows a "secondary major" in any field. WPI could be another one to look at.
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  • avocadofriesavocadofries 13 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Thank you! I’ll definitely look into those.
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  • merc81merc81 10805 replies173 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2019
    Analogous to what you've listed with respect to the five-year CMC/HMC program, note that other LACs also offer combined programs, such as through a 2-1-1-1 option with Dartmouth.

    https://engineering.dartmouth.edu/academics/undergraduate/dual/
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  • avocadofriesavocadofries 13 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Is that the Penn State University Park campus? or is it all the penn states?
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  • avocadofriesavocadofries 13 replies4 threads Junior Member
    I looked into the lehigh one and it's really interesting! I can't believe I've never even heard of that school before!
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  • northwestynorthwesty 3574 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Notre Dame has a very nice Science-Business joint major.

    https://science.nd.edu/undergraduate/majors/collegiate-sequence/
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  • theloniusmonktheloniusmonk 2583 replies5 threads Senior Member
    Claremont McKenna is five years and you mentioned you want to graduate in four.

    "Doing a double in the same school (arts and sciences) like Chem/Econ would be simpler. "

    I agree that this is the best route, unless you get into LSM. If you choose a school with a quarter system, it's a lot easier to rack up the courses needed for double majors, or major/minor. It's pretty tough to get two degrees in four years, unless you take classes in the summer. Good luck!
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  • rickle1rickle1 2176 replies18 threads Senior Member
    edited December 2019
    Lehigh has an excellent joint track for engineering and business.
    Wake Forest has a Mathematical Business degree which combines both in to a heavy quant business track.
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  • gardenstategalgardenstategal 6134 replies10 threads Senior Member
    You might want to see what Bucknell offers. Union doesn't have business, but it has decent economics. Trinity (CT) has excellent economics and an engineering program that is well suited to working in the business of engineering.

    If you think you have grad school aspirations, think about what that would look like and what you would need to achieve as an undergraduate to do that.
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  • ProfessorPlum168ProfessorPlum168 4184 replies92 threads Senior Member
    UC-Berkeley’s MET program
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  • happymomof1happymomof1 29904 replies178 threads Senior Member
    What do you want to do with the science/business combo once you finish college?
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