November 18, 2012 6:36 PM Subscribe
Is it possible to break into the Engineering/Physics field with a B.S. in something completely different?
posted by Peregrin5 to education (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I want to break into the Engineering/Physics field however I have a degree in something completely different (B.S. in Anthropology). I am a science teacher at the moment, and Engineering and Physics simply intensely interests me.
There are a number of problems:
My B.S. probably doesn't have all the pre-reqs to do a masters in the subject.
Anyway my GPA in Undergrad was low. (This doesn't reflect my drive or study skills at the moment however. I recently completed my teaching credential program with a 4.0, received scholarships for leadership, all while working 3 jobs and doing student teaching for free. I am certain that it is a difference in study habits and maturity which I didn't have in my undergrad years.)
I don't really have the money for very much more college. Perhaps I'll wait until the education bubble bursts or my family might help me pay it off, but I'd like a way to pay my own way through my education using my own skills.
I don't know if I should just go for a second B.A. in Engineering or if I should shoot for a masters. I'm hoping that I might be able to get into a doctorate from there in the far future in applied physics.
I'm thinking toward the future as well, so right now I'd just continue teaching and I might be able to work a bit towards this goal whether its taking free online courses to aid in my the curriculum or community college classes to get me up to speed.
I'm happy with teaching, but I have always been interested in engineering and physics and it couldn't hurt to have a second career option should anything happen to the economy that might reduce employment for teachers.