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What to major in at college?

  1. Mar 24, 2015 #1
    Ok so I'm a senior in high school right now. I want to be a mechanical engineer and would like to get my masters and I also love physics but I'm going to a school that only offers engineering technology and physics (I understand the basic difference between engineering and engineering technology I think). It's to late to transfer to another school this semester so I'm stuck at this school. I love the school I'm going to go to though and would like to know what you guys would recommend me to do. Is there anyway I could stay at the school I'm going to go to for a year or two and just take the basic engineering, physics and math classes that could transfer to another college? Hopefully this is enough information but I'll answer any questions.
     
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  3. Mar 24, 2015 #2

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    It's not clear that the classes you'll be taking for an Engineering Tech degree will be the same as those required for a Mechanical Engineer.

    If you have a school in mind to which you wish to transfer for your ME degree, you should discuss with that school if the engineering tech courses are acceptable to them and if these credits will transfer. There's no upside in spending a lot of time enrolled at one school if your work isn't recognized at another school.

    You should have made a better academic plan about attending college. It saves a lot of time and money.
     
  4. Mar 24, 2015 #3
    I know, honestly I didn't know it was engineering technology, I thought it was engineering. At this point I'm just trying to clean up my mess.

    Im thinking I can take the classes at the school I'm going to go to, that the other school that does offer an engineering major, makes engineering majors take the first semester. Then I could transfer to that school as soon as possible.

    Does that seem to be my best bet?
     
  5. Mar 24, 2015 #4

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    I don't think there was a generic "Engineering" degree. The major branches of engineering, civil, mechanical, electrical, etc., share the basic courses for the first two years or so, but then in the last two years, typically, courses concentrating on a particular branch of engineering are usually taken. For instance, MEs and EEs will both take a basic electricity course, but then the EEs will take further courses in electrical engineering and electronics which an ME might not take.

    Like I said previously, I don't think there is a generic answer to your original question. You will have to deal with your two schools and find out from them if you can transfer your credits from one school to the other, or if you will be required to re-take some introductory courses should you transfer.

    Engineering degrees must be granted by schools accredited by ABET and it's not clear if the school where you are taking Engineering Technology is accredited by that body. It would be one of the things I would check.
     
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