Question: I'm thinking about being either a chemical or biomedical engineer. My high school offers an engineering course, but would that really help in the type of engineering I want to do?
by Tanisha, Washington D.C.
on March 30, 2012
An engineering course would give you some hands-on experiences in creative problem solving which is applicable to all engineering majors. High school engineering courses typically include hands-on projects and a good introduction to the engineering design process. This would be good experience for you as you head into college in either biomedical engineering or chemical engineering. Students with these hands-on and problem solving skills are better prepared for engineering at the college level since they know more of what to expect.
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Director, Texas Girls Collaborative Project (TxGCP)
You should first ask what type of engineering class is being offered by your high school. If you are interested in chemical or biomedical engineering, it may be very valuable to take a basic engineering course. You will benefit from a good foundation in basic courses such as math, physics, chemistry, and biology. The engineering course might be tailored to give you a broad overview and it would be good to ask the instructor for more details and tell her/him about your long term interests.