Sometimes in college you have some really nice crises where you don’t know why you chose your major or what you’re going to do with your life. My friends and I decided to combat this by investigating what exactly goes into switching your major should you ever decide to do so. Some colleges have restrictions about how late in your career you can switch, but with Lehigh, you can do it through the end of junior year.
If you really think about it, this is actually pretty great. For a fair number of majors, such as chemical engineering, the curriculum doesn’t get into the meat of their classes until junior year. So the first two years of college are mostly prerequisites. You don’t really get to experience the heart and soul of your major until it’s almost too late. What if you take the classes first semester junior year and don’t like them??
Any engineering would have about the same first two years of curriculum, but often times important classes are only offered in either spring or fall, not both. This usually introduces problems with graduating on time if you’re interested in switching.
Another important aspect of deciding to switch is having an adviser who is very interested in helping you make this choice. One switch that isn’t very difficult is from chemical to bio engineering. Another switch is from chemical engineering to chemistry. Both options allow you to graduate in the same amount of time. Material science may also be doable, but we didn’t really look into that.
The last bit of advice is that if you are truly interested, Lehigh offers an audit on the banner that allows you to see how close you are to a particular major based on every class you have taken thus far. It’s interesting to say the least! If you are curious, take a shot and see what it would take!