How should I pursue an engineering degree?
November 27, 2006 1:39 PM Subscribe
I'm thinking of going to college again for engineering. Is this the dumbest idea ever?
posted by alphanerd to Education (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm 27, and graduated college four years ago with majors in Math and Computer Science. I'm currently teaching middle school, and enjoy many aspects of the job, but find I miss coming up with creative solutions to difficult problems. I've recently considered enrolling in a program either at NJIT or Rutgers to get a degree either in mechanical or civil engineering as a first step toward a more challenging career.
My inclination is to apply as an undergraduate and pursue an additional bachelor's degree rather than a graduate degree, but I don't know how much sense this makes. My argument is this: a graduate degree is a lot more expensive, won't get me that much more money, and will come with a "bridge program" of undergraduate courses that will only prolong the ordeal and add to its cost. But I haven't convinced myself.
At Rutgers, at least, you can get a second bachelor's degree from most colleges (though I'm not sure about the School of Engineering) just by taking the courses for the additional major provided you meet or exceed a reasonable minimum of credits.