<p>One thing I have learned due to S planning engineering: Many engineering programs (including the one he is entering) do NOT leave room for distribtion requirements/exploration of other fields in the first or even the first two years.
I am not in love with this aspect, but it is real life in many curricula.</p>
<p>Several schools we visited recommend that, if one is thinking of engineering, it is a lot easier to move out of it after a semester or year than it is to move into it. Often, if a student changes INTO engineering, it will mean not being able to finish in 4 years. So most schools have recommended starting w. engineering if you are even thinking it's a maybe.</p>
<p>Of course, how do you know you want to try something else if you haven't browsed around in other fields? I suppose it's that you find out what you DON't like.</p>
<p>Also, where S will be going, that first year is NOT full of engineering classes - actually just one. The others are Physics, Math, Chem. So if they change majors, they have a start on another science major, or they've got that distribution area done.</p>
<p>S <em>thinks</em> he's sure of engineering but included in his college choice criteria that the school also have LAS so he can change if he wants.</p>
<p>Bottom line: check at the school your S is considering what the engineering curriculum is the first year or two; find out whether it is easier to transfer into or out; then have him think how interested he might be in engineering so he can decide whether to start there or start in another field.</p>