Engineers are problem solvers. To help decide what engineering discipline to choose, think in terms of problems that interest you. Do you want a lighter, more fuel-efficient car, cleaner ways to extract fossil fuels, a cure for cancer, or to generate power that is renewable and better for the environment? Decide what problems fascinate you and look for the engineering disciplines working in those areas.
Did you know you can get ready for the rigors of college-level courses while attending high school?Register for a variety of courses with emphasis in science, mathematics, and engineering. Classes like algebra, biology, calculus, chemistry, computer science, language arts, pre-calculus, physics and trigonometry will prove beneficial, no matter what field of study you choose.
If you get the chance, participate in any activities or after-school programs that expose you to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.
Doing projects in these areas will help you acclimate to university-level work in STEM fields, so consider joining clubs that deal with math and science, coding and robotics, energy and more.
- For more in-depth experience, think about attending an engineering camp, shadowing an engineer for a day or taking an internship at a local firm.
The real, hands-on experience will give you the best idea of what the industry is actually like. Take the opportunity to talk to engineers to find out about their day-to-day experiences and ask them to share stories.
Consider the majors UW has to offer and begin thinking about how your classes and activities can help you learn more about them.
The CEAS offers degrees in architectural, bio, chemical, civil, computer, electrical, energy systems, mechanical and petroleum engineering, along with atmospheric science and computer science.
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