Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt

Title
Post-doctoral Scholar
Organization
University of Southern California
Location
Pasadena, CA, United States
Heather Hunt
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Answers by Dr Heather Hunt

Hi Daezy, Not having a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering does not mean youre doomed to never work in the fields that interest you! While chemical engineering degrees are a wonderful base to approach any career in science, engineering, or technology from (speaking as a reasonably biased chemical engineer), they are not the only option available to you. If you are interested in working in the pharma or food science industries, a degree in biomedical engineering would be very appropriate. I encourage you to stay within the engineering umbrella, because youll find a lot of opportunities to explore other career options in engineering that you might find interesting in a few years. And yes, you can definitely try for a masters degree in chemical engineering, although you may find that you dont need one to work in the fields you mentioned. My one caution is that biomedical engineering and chemical engineering do have different fields of emphasis, so if you decide to pursue a masters in ChE, be prepared to do some studying, because they will expect you to know a lot of the undergraduate ChE curriculum in order to do well in the ChE classes at the masters level. (So, you may want to consider taking elective classes in thermodynamics, fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer, and kinetics, to prepare for a ChE masters, if the BME program at your school doesnt include those in their curriculum.) I would recommend looking very carefully at the catalog of classes for the engineering majors offered at Miami, and seeing which classes in which majors sound interesting to you. Also, contact the college of engineering, and find out about their career services programs. They often have informational sessions that give information on different types of careers or industries, and what you need to succeed in each. That might help guide you in picking the major thats best for you. Congratulations on choosing engineering! Heather