Minors, Changing your Major, Duals, Co-terminal
Now that you know how to use the College Catalog, you can easily explore all your options! So, what are the options?
- Changing or Declaring your Major
- Co-Terminal Program
Kristin explains more below!
In addition to what Kristin shared in the video, here are other important details about minors that you need to know before declaring:
- Engineering or Science Minors: You cannot use one class to fulfill both a named engineering requirement and a named required course for your minor. As we say, "no double dipping!" In this situation, you cannot officially declare the minor, or you'll need to work out an alternative course with your minor's department to fulfill that requirement.
- HASS Minors: You can easily build a HASS minor out of your HASS Pathway requirements, as stated in the video. Many students complete a HASS minor with little additional effort. In HASS only, you may "double dip."
How do you declare a minor?
Adding a Dual
As stated in the video, a dual is the merging of two degrees into one degree. Here are a few examples of some existing duals:
- Design, Innovation and Society + Mechanical Engineering
- Aeronautical + Mechanical Engineering
- Electrical + Computer Systems Engineering
- Computer Systems Engineering + Computer Science
- Civil Engineering + Sustainability Studies
- Civil + Environmental Engineering
If you are looking to add a dual that is not on the above list, you likely will have to create the dual. Before you will be able to declare this new dual, you will need to have all departments/schools approve what you create to ensure that you have included all graduation requirements. Keep in mind, if a dual does not currently exist, it might be that way for a reason! The majors may not 'play nice' and required courses from both majors may occur at the exact same day/time of the week (especially when the majors are not within the same department). Students who find themselves in this situation may have to drop one half of their degree, or graduate late.
Some majors will not allow duals with their degree, such as Biomedical Engineering. In these cases, a minor will be a great choice if you are really interested in adding a little more to your curriculum.
"Rensselaer's Co-Terminal Program provides undergraduates the opportunity to pursue graduate degrees while maintaining their undergraduate Rensselaer funding." - Find more information by clicking the button below.
This means that you can add a graduate program to the end of your Rensselaer education and earn two degrees in ~5-years! If you are looking at an unfriendly dual, or have a wide range of interests, the co-terminal program might be the answer.
You will have to apply to the co-terminal of your choice, which means you will need meet a certain GPA requirement by your Junior year (when you apply).
Similar to the Co-Terminal Program, Rensselaer also offers an additional graduate level program for those of you who are interested in earning an MBA through our Lally School of Business.
Different than the Co-Terminal Program, the EngMBA will require you to participate in some extracurricular requirements during your undergraduate studies. Additionally, the EngMBA team will support you in finding a business-focused internship the summer after you graduate with your engineering degree and before you start your MBA graduate work. Awesome!
This is a great program for those of you who are hoping to one day rise to leadership roles in your career field, and/or if you are interested in the business-side of the engineering industry.
If this sounds interesting to you, plan to take Introduction to Management (MGMT 1100) in your spring semester, and make an appointment with your advisor. There is a special EngMBA Major Template that you will need to follow starting in your sophomore year, and you will be assigned an additional advisor from Core Engineering.
You should also click the button below for more information on the EngMBA and the Lally School of Business!
Change (or Declare) Your Major
The first three semesters for all engineering majors are very similar! That means it is super easy to start as an Undeclared Engineer and transition to a major, or to change your major if you realize there is a better option to meet your career goals.
Have a look at the video below to see the process for changing or declaring your major.
Next Steps for Making a Change?
Now you know how easy it is to change your major, or add a minor, in your first-year! If this is something you are considering, you should reach out to your SoE Hub Advisor to start the conversation, so you can make an informed decision.