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Emory-Georgia Tech Dual Degree

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Replies to: Emory-Georgia Tech Dual Degree

  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Huh? Should be obvious. Maybe for ones that are strong in math, but want to get a degree in a more liberal arts intensive field, but then also wants to get an engineering degree. Could also be for a student who is non-prehealth, has many AP credits, and wants to use them to immediately take advanced or intermediate courses and then more quickly complete a natural or physical sciences curriculum before going to apply the knowledge in engineering.

    It's for those rare folks serious about a liberal arts type curriculum or opportunity, but ultimately wants to do engineering.
  • collegedad37collegedad37 Registered User Posts: 15 New Member
    Bernie12 is right on the mark (as usual). Would think great for someone interested in becoming, for example, a patent attorney.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Have mercy on the soul of the student considering pre-law (I'm sure a patent attorney would have to go this route) who does this track though. Their admissions are almost dumber than those at med schools (it's numbers driven without additional hoops to jump through that could make you stand out). And we all know that a 3.5 (not competitive for top law schools and even some medium ones) in political science and one in chemistry and chemical engineering is equal and should be counted as so regardless of whether the latter gets and equal or higher LSAT scores. These two prof. schools are just so extremely welcoming to those who intentionally pursue a challenging undergraduate experience (pre-meds are essentially forced/strongly advised to cut corners with coursework when possible unless they are the perfect student, which is rare and then many imperfect students interested in law are essentially encouraged to stay in stereotypical majors or those less stringent grading than STEM or highly quantitative fields). What a mess! Engineering majors and those from more stringently grading science depts (not biological sciences usually) often get the short end of the stick despite often getting better training and problem solving skills.
  • GeorgeyuGeorgeyu Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Hi, Bernie12, your answer is just what I wanted. As an Asian international student I am expert at Math\Physics\Chemistry, but lack of American liberal arts education. So I plan to enroll liberal arts program at first, then transfer to Engineering majors. That's why I choose the dual degree program in engineering. I think the DDPE will fulfill my desire. I estimate my test scores: SAT II (Math\Physics\Chemistry) 2350-2400, SAT I (CR 600-650, MATH 800), AP*(Math\Physics\Chemistry) 5\5\5. Is it reasonable and possible for my plan? Appreciated your further input!
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Yes, you should do it if you are actually interested in a liberal arts sort of training. With your science course background. You can immediately place into the next level of courses for example. You can do organic chemistry as a freshman, go straight to multivariable (diff. eq. lin. alg, whatever), and perhaps physics courses depending on your background. In the meantime, you can select a humanities or social science major (which can include economincs). Since you're good at math, the quantitative social science major coming on line fall 2014, so it's a good way to pick up a liberal arts intensive major while keeping your math training solid (strongly suggested before going to Tech). However, overally, if going to Georgia Tech for the engineering degree. DO NOT select the easiest instructors for your science and math preparation. Choose the "best" (they'll be tougher, but you appear strong, so it'll be okay). If you do the former, Georgia Tech's curve will kill you (you'll lack preparation versus the others and things will not work in your favor). The last thing you want is an inflated ego from some easy stuff you did at Emory that is then deflated by the giant "stingers" (yellowjacket is their mascot) of Tech. Make us look good over there!
  • GeorgeyuGeorgeyu Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    Good suggestion. I plan to enroll the Joint Major in Economics and Mathematics, plus Minor in Physics in Emory, then transfer to GT for Industrial Engineering degree. Is it a reasonable study plan? What preparation shall I do in Emory except for above suggestion.
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Since I just had a nap and shifted my sleep schedule to something weird, I'll answer. Oh, that sounds found. I actually know several people (very strong pre-meds actually), who with the an econ/math and chemistry major, easily completed the requirements for Tech dual degree. I'm pretty confident that it'll be very doable if you come in with some AP credits (5s in chem and at least AP calc. are ideal). Just go by this chart to determine what AP credits may be ideal to give you a nice little headstead for your major requirements: Undergraduate Course Information :: Georgia Tech ISyE.
    This site tells you what you need to have done before Tech:
    Transfer Admissions Guidelines | The College of Engineering at Georgia Tech

    Notice how none of the lab sciences are checked off. Regardless, I recommend you take them (2 required: http://www.isye.gatech.edu/academics/undergraduate/courses/BSIE_Lab_Science_Courses.pdf) at Emory because these courses don't seem that great to Take at Tech. They (natural sciences: physics and math....that's a different story) are not really more difficult, they just kind of suck. You'll probably get better teaching and be challenged in a "good" way at Emory in a lab science course.
  • GeorgeyuGeorgeyu Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    benie12, your recommendation is very clear and useful.
    Last question: Does Oxford provide the dual degree program, or just Emory College of Arts and Science?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Well, if you started at Oxford, you would just do the same thing as if you started in the college. Remember, it's a 3/2 program. If you go to Oxford, you continue over to Emory College in the third year to complete your degree or requirements and then you to Tech. Perhaps another option is to transfer directly to Tech from Oxford upon finishing Oxford, but to do that for engineering you must make sure you completed the pre-reqs for the engineering major of interest or else your admission chances will be weak.


    *I must have sleep on my mind when writing some of these post. All the darned typos lol.
  • aigiqinfaigiqinf Registered User Posts: 4,032 Senior Member
    You can do it from either, but it's really tough from Oxford. And if aren't bring in a minimum of Calculus I and a full-year of a lab science (chem, bio, or physics), I'd forget about it.
  • GeorgeyuGeorgeyu Registered User Posts: 8 New Member
    aigiqinf, do you mean Oxford does not provide courses as much as Emory main campus? Or the courses provided at Oxford are less rigorous than at main campus?
  • bernie12bernie12 Registered User Posts: 5,293 Senior Member
    Less courses in international studies in particular. It'll be much harder to put a dent in the int. studies dept. requirements. If you ended up at Oxford, you would basically be forced into the transfer option which means the int. studies option goes out of the window. Oxford is definitely not less rigorous than main in math and science.
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