Duke Engineering

<p>Yes, I've seen the rankings. But I have never before heard that Duke was a good engineering school. Is it reputable? Also, how do they not have a ChemE department? Do they offer MSE, and is the program good?</p>

<p>1) Duke is considered a relatively small, niche engineering school. To add to that, BME, for which Pratt is known, is itself a very new field compared to others. As a school, Pratt is good at the few majors that it offers, making it somewhat specialized. That's probably why it doesn't have a reputation as a powerhouse engineering school like Michigan, Berkeley, MIT, Caltech, GATech, etc. </p>

<p>2) Is it reputable? Yes, as a BME graduate, I can tell you that a BME degree from Duke is recognized not only in academia but also industry-wide. Overall, a Duke degree of any sort is not something to sniff at in the US.</p>

<p>3) Why is it necessary to have a ChemE department? There are many engineering fields that are not represented at Duke like nuclear, industrial, petroleum, etc. As I said before, Pratt is a niche school, it's current mission is not to represent every field under the sun, but rather to improve and expand in the fields in which it does have a presence. If you want to do ChemE, I suggest finding a school that does have it. </p>

<p>4) I'm assuming MSE is material science? I believe MS is part of Mechanical Engineering but idk how good the program is since I was a BME.</p>

<p>Thanks for the reply. Yes, I'm talking about materials science.</p>

<p>On an unrelated note, how important is Math 103 to BME? I can place out of the class with transfer credit, but I'm not sure it's a good idea since I didn't really learn anything from multivariate calc...</p>

<p>^ I talked a little about 103 in my reply (post #2) in this recent thread:</p>

<p><a href="http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/duke-university/955026-bme-public-policy-plausible.html%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/duke-university/955026-bme-public-policy-plausible.html&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>Thanks! I just read it. So you don't think Math 103 is really necessary for BME? I wouldn't be able to get transfer credit for Math 103, but I can place out of it. Are there higher level math classes that are pretty easy to get credit for? Also, does Calc BC credit count for 2 math classes or just one? Thanks!!</p>

<p>Math 103 is necessary if you've never taken multivariable calculus before. It's pretty basic stuff. However, from personal experience, I can't really recall any instance in which we had to use green's theorem or something like that before. Multiple integration came up in stat 113 and you'll bump into the occasional spherical/cylindrical integration problem here and there but nothing earth shattering. I do have to say that diff eq and a little bit of linear algebra does come up a lot in courses like the BME fluid mechanics course, when solving transient circuit responses in BME 153/154, etc. So learn those well. </p>

<p>As for AP credit Calc BC counts for both math 31/32 if you also do the Calc AB subsection I believe. Otherwise I'm pretty sure it's only math 32. You should probably check with the registrar since they handle all of that. </p>

<p>Idk much about higher level math since I stopped at 108 sorry. </p>

<p>I'll just reiterate that at the end of the day, you must make sure you have credit for 5 math classes whether or not you take them at Duke. It's a graduation requirement. The engineering curriculum is designed so that if you take all your math at Duke or use only AP credit + Duke math courses, you'll have exactly 5 credits. If you do placement without getting credit, then you'll likely have to take higher math electives in order to satisfy the requirements.</p>

<p>So if I know how to evaluate partial derivatives and multiple integrals, but not set up the integrals, do you think I would be ok with skipping to 107? diff eq and linear algebra is all in 107 and 108 right? </p>

<p>On ACES it says I have 2 credits earned; 1 for calc 1 and 1 for calc 2. I guess that's two classes then? I'll double check. Assuming Calc BC counts for 2 math classes, I would only have to take 107, 108, and stat 113 to fulfill the 5 math courses, right?</p>

<p>Thanks for the help!</p>

<p>Sounds like your knowledge of multivariable calculus is shaky at best. When I say that BME doesn't really use the concepts covered in math 103 a lot I'm not saying that you can get away with not knowing them at all or not having learned them before. If you haven't done the materials covered in math 103 then I recommend you take math 103. </p>

<p>My point from before was that if you've learned all of this before and did well, then there might not be a point in repeating it as most of the materials in 103 is not critical in BME and you could get away with being a bit fuzzy on some of them. In your case, not being able to set up a multiple integral (using that as an example) is problematic in that it is a pretty fundamental thing and it sounds like you haven't learned it at all (or very little). If it's really the case, you should seriously consider doing math 103. </p>

<p>Lastly, it looks like you have credit for math 31 and 32. Normally, that means you need 103, 107, and 108 to round out the 5 required math credits. Stats 113 does not count as a math class as far as I know.</p>

<p>Oh alright. I will definitely take Math 103 then haha. Have any good professor recommendations for that class?</p>

<p>Thanks for all of the help!</p>

<p>Is it better to take a SS or Humanities credit if you don't have Writing 20 priority first semester? I am trying to decide if I want to take Psy 11 or French 100S.</p>

<p>how is Materials Science and Engineering at DUKE??</p>

<p>"2) Is it reputable? Yes, as a BME graduate, I can tell you that a BME degree from Duke is recognized not only in academia but also industry-wide. Overall, a Duke degree of any sort is not something to sniff at in the US."</p>

<p>What about the other 3 engineering fields that Duke offers? Are they reputable or as reputable as BME despite the fact that Duke's BME is ranked 2nd in the nation according to USNews?</p>

<p>Idk, you might try asking others who are in those fields. But I do know several friends who graduated with me and who are doing very well in jobs at good companies or good graduate schools. So my impression is that a Duke engineering degree is reputable.</p>

<p>Is the 5 math credits requirement just for engineers?</p>

<p>Yes (10 char )</p>

<p>SBR, how tough is BME in DUke? I like BME because of its research area (compared to Duke biology), but I'm planning to do premed at some point after undergraduate (its my 2nd option). However, after hearing that BME is not recommended for premed, I was sort of wary.I was vacillating between bio and BME. Can you shed some light into this topic? Whats the avg. GPA? How tough are the courses? Are profs open to undergrads to do research?</p>

<p>i feel like Pratt is all about BME. even in its other departments, it focuses on that. for example, the mechancial engineering and materials science department really only has anything to do with materials science with nanotechnology only related to biological systems. From what I have gathered, Duke is a second tier engineering school, not as strong as many believe it to be.</p>