Being an Engineering Student
Wondering what life as an engineering student is like? Meet three young women who can tell you firsthand:
Industrial Engineering Student
Senior, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Electronics Engineering Student
Junior, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Electrical Engineering Student
Senior, Northeastern University
Meet more students! Check out these video profiles.
What’s a Typical Program Like?
Most undergraduate engineering programs are four years. Some students, like Antonique Bradshaw, get an associate’s degree from a two-year program first, then go on to do another two years at a four-year program to earn a bachelor’s degree.
In a typical four-year program, courses in the first two years are a mix of math and science, English, social sciences, the humanities, and introductory engineering. This is a great time to explore engineering as a whole and find out what really interests you.
In your last two years, you’ll investigate the engineering specialty of your choice. (Some programs offer a more general engineering curriculum for all four years; after that you can choose a specific field to pursue in grad school or through a job.) Practical work experience through internships and co-ops is also an integral part of many engineering programs.
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