What goes ditty in dual-degree city

<p>Can someone please give the straight dope on how hard it is to get the "internal transfer" needed for a dual-degree between Wharton and SEAS? I will be a freshman in Wharton next year.</p>

<p>Yah yeah?</p>

<p>I believe you just need a 3.6 or a 3.7 to apply for a dual degree status. Are you thinking of M&T? M&T and dual degree are separate things.</p>

<p>Thank you! I understand that what I’m looking to do is effectively M&T, but I’d like a little more flexibility – which I can hopefully find in a dual-degree.</p>

<p>Is the 3.6/3.7 required to even apply?</p>

<p>What do you mean when you say “more flexibility”? Do you mean in terms of study/focus area? Because pursuing a dual-degree between SEAS and Wharton outside of M&T will be even more work than in that program.</p>

<p>I’m probably just misled in my thinking. </p>

<p>Here’s my predicament: I like economics, and that’s something that I feel I can pursue in Wharton. However, the idea of doing only business for undergrad scares me a little bit, since it seems like I’m pigeonholing myself. I also want to get a degree or considerable experience in something technical – CompSci, engineering, or something else (I’m a Silicon Valley kid, so I’m not strictly interested in IB, etc. for my future) I’d like to come away with enough technical classes to make “technical” graduate school a possibility for me a few years down the road.</p>

<p>My questions are: a) what options do I have (dual-degree, double-major)? and b) how hard are they to attain/pursue as an undergrad in Wharton?</p>

<p>You could dual-degree with Wharton and SEAS. However, the course load would be rigorous, probably taking 6 classes a semester. The average for engineers is 5 classes per semester. In your case, you could get a BSE or BAS in CompSci and BS in Economics from Wharton. Another thing you could do is get a CompSci minor, which would probably be a lot easier.</p>

<p><a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pennsylvania/1370340-accepted-internally-wharton-cas.html[/url]”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pennsylvania/1370340-accepted-internally-wharton-cas.html</a></p>

<p><a href=“http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pennsylvania/1401143-wharton-internal-transfer-truth.html#post14948330[/url]”>http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/university-pennsylvania/1401143-wharton-internal-transfer-truth.html#post14948330</a></p>

<p>There’s a lot of stuff on this</p>

<p>Thank you both hotinpursuit and TheBigD (also, curious how you chose that name…)</p>

<p>To hotinpursuit - it appears that you were accepted into Wharton (already in SEAS) for you dual-degree. How do you expect the workload to be? How much time do you have outside of your studies (I’m going to be a pseudo-athlete on sailing)? And, finally, do you think that getting the dual-degree for a Wharton student would require a lower GPA (little worried about my ability to keep up with those brainy Whartonites)?</p>

<p>To TheBigD - what about the option of double-major? Would this be a good intermediate?</p>

<p>And finally, would a minor in say, CompSci or MechE, actually make it possible to go to Grad school in related areas?</p>

<p>Thank you so much for helping out! You guys/gals are awesome.</p>

<p>There are club / varsity athletes in M&T. Just keep in mind that taking 6 or 6.5 or 7 classes in a semester is a LOT of work. You basically end up turning a good bit of your social life into studying with friends, or you end up skipping class to sleep.</p>

<p>As an M&T in Greek life, I can tell you that it’s totally doable — but at what opportunity cost? Be sure it’s a path that you’re fine with before you start traversing it.</p>

<p>Yup as a Dual Degree also in greek life, it’s a lot of work that takes its toll on either your sleep or your grades. Last semester for me, my grades were significantly lower than my freshman year grades solely because of the high level of Wharton students. </p>

<p>Either way, you’ll definitely be able to do it and it’s worth the effort. Imagine going to a career fair or networking event and telling people you’re graduating with 2 degrees. The immediately get interested in you.</p>