Some students may wish to consider obtaining two undergraduate degrees. To do this, the student must satisfy all degree requirements for both degrees. Common reasons to earn a dual undergraduate degree are to improve job opportunities during slow hiring times or to gain a more diverse background. The main disadvantage of earning a dual Bachelor of Science degree is that it delays your graduation one or more semesters. Students who are considering a dual BS degree should also consider graduate study.
The Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering degree programs have been designed to facilitate a double major. With as little as nine extra hours, students may satisfy the degree requirements of both degree programs and receive both Bachelor of Science degrees. To officially apply students must complete a dual degree application and must have 45 to 96 hours including all tracking courses.
Before seeking a dual undergraduate degree, students should also consider the option of a graduate degree, including the combined BS/MS program (the 4/1 program). A student with an undergraduate degree in Aerospace Engineering may easily switch to Mechanical Engineering for a graduate degree (and vice versa). While a Master of Science graduate degree will generally take two to three semesters longer than the extra requirements for a dual undergraduate degree, there are advantages to the graduate route. Most students in full time graduate study receive a substantial financial assistance package in the form of assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships. The graduate degree also gives the student greater depth of understanding which results in long term professional benefits. Students interested in graduate study should see the graduate programs portion of the MAE web site.