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When I go to college for engineering, is it necessary to pick a single field?

I'm asking this question because it's not like me to serve a single purpose towards sustainability or society. I want to do a whole lot of things for the world I live in and I want to know if my decided major in engineering will allow that. #college #engineer

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Wael’s Answer

Yes, you have to pick a major. And yes, you can graduate with minor or even double major. When it comes to sustainability three majors come to light; environmental, mechanical, and electrical engineering. Read about them and try to figure out what you want to do.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Clarreese!


This little quiz might help:
https://uwaterloo.ca/engineering-student-ambassadors/take-our-quiz


These sites might help also:
http://www.engineergirl.org/Engineers/Directory/FTela/9744/530.aspx
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM
http://engineering.mit.edu/ask/so-many-engineering-fields-choose-how-do-i-pick-right-one


Best of luck! Please keep me posted. I would like to follow your progress!

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Clarreese G. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

I think that one of the best reasons to pick a single field (a major) when you go to college for engineering is because without that, you can quickly find yourself in a situation where you are unfocused. Because there are so many options for engineering and branches that you can follow in the area of technology, your path to graduation (because graduating is a large part of the goal, right?) can be long and windy or just right and straight. Does that mean that the first major you pick will be the one you graduate with? Maybe not, but there is just as much value in knowing what you don't want to do as knowing what you do want to do :).

Best of luck to you!
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