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How hard would it be to double major in chem and nuclear engineering?

I want to major in both Chemical engineering and nuclear engineering. I hear double majoring isn’t too difficult but seeing as both majors seem rather challenging, I’m not sure that would be the case here.

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4 Responses to “How hard would it be to double major in chem and nuclear engineering?”

  1. ownpool said :

    The answer will depend first of all on whether the engineering school at your university permits a double major. You may find that you need an extra year to complete the requirements of both majors.

  2. Diane A said :

    You need to talk to the engineering adviser. No one here can predict what your university will do or say.

  3. Chuckles said :

    My daughter did a double major and she found it opened up so many more doors. She did a double major in Economics and Political Science with a minor in History. She also qualified as an Emergency Medical Technician during her senior year.

    She got a great fellowship, got through grad school with a near full ride in Technology Management and is now doing a fully funded PhD in civil engineering. And a job offer with a top consulting firm waiting for her whenever she gets tired of going to school.

    At her undergrad school, about 1/3 of her graduating class did a double major.

    However to do all this in 4 years she had to take 9 credits in each of two summers to get all her courses and still graduate in 4 years. She says it only took about 20% more hard work. But make no mistake. It is harder. She finished with 136 credits compared to the 120 needed for a single major.

    Double majors are the bachelor’s degree of the 21st Century.

    Theoretically you only have a double major on a single degree and you only get one diploma with both majors listed. But in practice when it comes finding work, or getting into grad school, they will treat you as if you have either major. Though pay will not be double. But it gives a great boost to your employability.

    The one field where I suggest NOT double majoring is Engineering. This is one of the hardest majors and unless you plan to spend 6 years doing a double major you are not going to do well on either major. Not good enough to get into grad school. And if you take 6 years you are better off getting a single engineering degree and a masters.

  4. Emily M said :

    It depends on the policies of the university and on whether you can complete the requirements for both degrees. You might also want to consider a Multidisciplinary Engineering degree (see example below for Purdue).


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