Double Major- how hard does it get?

<p>Hey, So i wanted to know whether it is possible to double major from two colleges. Like CAS and CoE? Probably Physics and MechE? If it is, how grueling can it get?</p>

<p>I believe it is only possible under the dual-degree program which you a) have to apply to and b) it takes 5 years to complete. </p>

<p>However, personally I don't think this is really something to pursue right out of high school. You've probably just taken the AP/IB/community college equivalent physics, math, etc. and are feeling high on the sciences. But I'd recommend you take a semester of engineering classes first before deciding if this is something you want to pursue. Cornell courses, especially in engineering, are just a completely different ball game then any HS level courses you have ever taken. So I'd recommend you get your feet wet first.</p>

<p>Yeah, I think I should check out the engineering courses first and then decide. I've done GCEs. Combined Math, Physics and Chemistry. and they are much tougher than AP/IB courses. But it's always better to understand what I am going to do first. How often do people double major at Cornell? Especially CoE?</p>

<p>Double majors are common in the Arts school, but in the other colleges people tend to do more minors. The dual degree across colleges is not very common at all.</p>

<p>Not very common? So you can do it if you want to right? I got into CoE in ED. So if I do a MechE in CoE, can I do a minor in Physics?</p>

<p>I don't see any reason why you can't get a dual degree in physics and MechE, although I have no idea what the specific requirements might be. According to Cornell's website, most dual degrees take 10 semesters instead of 8 since you still have to meet both college's graduation requirements. I don't think I knew a single person who completed a dual degree at Cornell, and of all my friends who had double majors, they were Arts students since CAS is more double-major friendly than the other colleges.</p>

<p>I found the page for the Cornell physics minor here while I have no personal knowledge of Engineering requirements, it seems completing the physics minor should allow you to take a healthy sample of physics courses and still complete your major. Whoever your academic advisor is when you get on campus can probably give you good advice on this, and if not, they will (or should) be able to direct you to someone who can help you.</p>

<p>Here is the physics minor page: Physics</a> Minors</p>

<p>I found the page.</p>

<p>Double</a> Majors</p>

<p>seems like you can do a dual degree in Physics and MechE. It comes down to handling the course load I guess.</p>

<p>Cornell's Engineering Physics program seems stellar. But the site says only around 50 students pursue EP per year. Why is it not so popular, although Cornell's EP program is the best in US?</p>

<p>^ I don't think it is that widely known to be honest. At least for me, with nearly everyone I spoke to, including my 2 uncles who are engineers right now and graduated from MIT, they have never heard of engineering physics lol.</p>

<p>so cortana431, you plan on doing EP? I know! I guess it is kind of a hybrid program. Seems very interesting! And I can do two things I love together!!</p>

<p>My uncle's friend got his Engineering Physics degree in the 70s from Cornell. Earned a lot of money in engineering, then invested it in real estate and became pretty wealthy.</p>

<p>Oh I dunno, money is not really something that I'll be chasing :) Hoping to delve into some serious research!!</p>