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I'm an English Major, I want to be an Engineer, Currently Peace Corps Answered

Hello Makers I am an English Major, I like making things, particularly micro controllers. I really want to be an engineer. Has any one made the switch from Humanities undergrad to engineering grad school? Or some kind of tech post grad? I really want a job doing working on technical stuff doing problem solving. Right now I'm in the peace corps working with Agriculture, I have been thinking of using my experience to work with irrigation for small farmers, and micro controllers. Any advice? thanks


The stumbling block is going to be the math, I peeked at the ucf english website, they only require "Foundations of Mathematics". Whereas the engineering dept requires, going from memory. algebra precalc trig calc 1 calc 2 calc 3 diff eq plus additional ones for the masters program. all the other courses basically come down to learning theories on how to applying the math. However, since you are already interested in Agriculture, why not pursue that? Looking at the UF website, it has a similar low threshold for mathematics as English. And having worked in horticulture myself, it is a personally rewarding career, money sucks thou.

. Because you probably don't have the Math and "hard" Science classes that kelseymh mentions, you're going to have to take quite a few hours just to catch up. . If you have the time (and the money), I would encourage you to make the switch, if that is the direction you want to go (Engr major/Ag minor, or vice versa?). The sooner you do it, the fewer classes you will take that won't transfer. . Your best bet would be to discuss with your curriculum adviser. He/she will have a better idea of what is involved in the switch. It may help to discuss it with an adviser from the Engr Dept, also. . Your English background should serve you well, no matter what field you choose. If you can't communicate your ideas to other, you can't accomplish much.

If you want to get a Masters in Engineering, you'll probably need to redo at least a year or two of undergraduate course work: essentially the full calculus sequence plus "real" physical sciences (yeah, I'm a physicist :-). Otherwise, you won't have the knowledge base you'll need to handle the first year graduate courses.

If you are interested and motivated, there is no reason why this can't work (I have nothing but disdain for CP Snow's absurdities :-). However, you may need to work harder than a typical applicant to convince the school of that.

Good luck!