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Chemical Engineering
South Londonderry VT

Why Chemical Engineering?

Danielle Nutter on Tuesday, 27 November 2012. Posted in Majors & Minors

When I first arrived at RIT I had no clue what exact discipline I wanted to major in. I knew engineering but really couldn’t decide between the different types. So I applied into the engineering exploration program here at RIT. I was accepted, and although unsure about my major, I knew RIT was for me.

I had a lot of questions going into this Engineering Exploration program. Would I be behind if I didn’t pick a major right away? What if I can’t decide? And what if I am making the wrong choice? I have learned that as freshmen everything is a question, so worrying about it wasn’t helping me. With the undecided engineering program, I was required to take a class called engineering exploration. The class was only worth one credit so it didn’t involve much work but it basically laid out all the information about the engineering disciplines. The spoke about what types of classes you would take, what these engineers do in industry, and what to expect with the curriculum. I really couldn’t have asked for a more detailed class. I learned so much about the different types of engineering and it really helped me choose the one that was right for me.

I choose Chemical Engineering because I really enjoyed chemistry in high school but I knew I didn’t want to be stuck in a lab. In the exploration class we also were able to tour the department facilities, unfortunately at the time chemical engineering was so new they didn’t even have their own labs. What sold me was the department though. They were all very inviting and really seemed to understand where I was coming from and showed that they had faith in me from the beginning. How can you go wrong with that?? Since I have been in the program we have grown like crazy, the first graduating class will be walking this spring, and we have a brand new building that will be opening in the spring as well. Our class sizes are small and the students have really formed a community.

If you can’t decide what engineering to choose or what major to choose in general, my advice would be to take the undecided classes because there is something out there for everyone.