MechE vs ChemE , and good colleges for both

<p>While changing engineering major often can become an issue in public flagships, it’s usually a non-issue at privates. While I was at Northwestern, I switched from biomedical to chemical. Then, I took couple env sci courses and was thinking to add an env sci major. Later, I figured I might as well double-major in env engg instead. No problem and no question asked.</p>

<p>Unless you know you are not qualified for any FA, you should take a look in those.</p>



<p>Chemical engineering is not in the chemistry department at Berkeley. It is in a division-level unit called the College of Chemistry (other divisions include the College of Letters and Science, College of Engineering, School of Business Administration, College of Natural Resources, and College of Environmental Design). The College of Chemistry contains two departments (chemistry and chemical engineering) offering three majors (chemistry, chemical engineering, and chemical biology).</p>

<p>It is unusual (possibly unique to Berkeley) to have a division-level unit that only has chemistry-related majors.</p>

<p>So at private universities , I could double major in almost anything? I will not be applying for FA …being an int’l student and all . How does taking the AP exams affect my admissions to colleges?</p>

<p>It depends on the school. Do not make assumptions just because the school is public or private. You have to check each school to be sure.</p>


I don’t think it’s a private vs. public thing. You can double major at public universities too. For example, at the University of Michigan, you can easily double major within engineering:</p>

<p>“Dual Baccalaureate Degree Opportunities
Students with interest in more than one program offered by the College may work for additional bachelor’s degrees concurrently if they plan the course elections carefully. Students will find that it is possible to satisfy the subject requirements of both programs in a minimum amount of time by conferring early with the respective program advisors.”</p>

<p>It’s also rather simple to transfer between disciplines within the college of engineering.</p>

<p>Berkeley’s chemical engineering department is now chemical and biomolecular engineering.</p>

<p>Berkeley’s chemical engineering lets you double major in:
ChemE/Material Science

<p>All right … so I will try contacting various colleges and asking them about double majoring …</p>

<p>Both degrees will allow you many employment opportunities. MechE is considered a “jack-of-all-trades” and probably the most versatile. But there is so much specialization these days. Do ChemE if you want to work in a process industry, oil and gas refining, biotechnology or if you like to study chemistry. </p>

<p>Most schools have good MechE programs. ChemE programs are more rare.</p>