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Stanford: Chemical Engineering and Physics Dual Bachelor's Degrees?

rosie73rosie73 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
edited April 2013 in Stanford University
Hi everyone! This is my first thread here so I hope I put it in the right place!

I have a question for any Stanford students out there.

I applied to Stanford and was accepted as a physics major. I want to get a dual degree in chemical engineering, but I'm not sure if they offer that sort of thing. I understand that taking on a dual degree will add a year or two to my undergraduate education, but it doesn't bother me. I've already talked to my family about it and they are supportive.

Does anyone know if Stanford offers a dual degree bachelor's program in physics and chemical engineering?

Thanks for reading this! (:
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Replies to: Stanford: Chemical Engineering and Physics Dual Bachelor's Degrees?

  • TreeAlumTreeAlum Registered User Posts: 58 Junior Member
    When you apply to Stanford, you aren't applying to a particular major or school. You say what you are interested in, but believe me, many people change their minds. You can major in whatever you want. You can do a double major, it will just be a lot of work!
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,678 Forum Champion
    They don't admit you for a major.

    ChemE and physics don't overlap much which means it will take you a while longer.
  • rosie73rosie73 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Isn't what I'm interested in and a major the same thing though??

    I wanted to do dual degrees if that was possible. I feel like two degrees will look better on a resume than one.
  • thehaakunthehaakun Registered User Posts: 76 Junior Member
    You don't declare a major until the end of your sophomore year.

    It is possible to double major at Stanford. I would look at the list of majors and minors they offer.

    But personally, if you're only wanting to double major because you think it'll look good on a resum
  • hebrewhammerhebrewhammer Registered User Posts: 874 Member
    Also, dual degrees is different from double majoring. I doubt there's a way for you to graduate with multiple degrees (unless you co-term, but then one's an MS).
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,678 Forum Champion
    If you are going to Stanford and you need a dual degree to look good, then you are saying Stanford has no value.
  • rosie73rosie73 Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    I'm not saying Stanford has no value. I like to be challenged and I want to stick out to employers after I graduate.

    Thanks for all of the helpful answers!
  • texaspgtexaspg Forum Champion Pre-Med & Medical Posts: 16,678 Forum Champion
    There are really different parameters to looking good for an employer vs doing something you love or be challenged.

    So if you are serious about ChemE and Physics together, have you looked into any employers who are looking for someone with expertise in both? Have you looked into what each major needs to graduate? There are 4 year plans for most majors readily available online for you to figure this out. Some of them list all of the university requirements in the plan and some don't. Stanford does not push dual degrees but they do support coterminal degrees which are usually a bachelors and master's together.

    Check out the chemE and Engineering Physics program sheets.

    http://www.stanford.edu/group/ughb/cgi-bin/handbook/index.php/Program_Sheets_2012-2013
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