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AustinChemical

BA in Liberal Arts pursuing MS in Chemical Engineering

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Hi everybody!

I recently graduated from college with my BA in Liberal Arts. While I loved my education, I also am very interested in pursuing a career in chemical engineering. I'm taking several classes at community college so that I can apply to graduate programs in CA. My question is what programs are good in CA for ChE? Do I have a shot into getting into these sort of programs? Which ones are good coming from a non-engineering background? Is there any place like BU, which has the LEAP program, that makes it easier to transition? 

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I think BU is the only school with a LEAP type program. 

I actually just watched a TEDx Talk by a professor who switched from a liberal arts background to chemical physics...so, it does happen.  Since it's a rare path, I don't think (m)any programs are geared towards people with non-STEM backgrounds.  But, I bet if you take the prerequisite math/sci courses at community college and then thrive in the core engineering courses at a 4 yr. university, you should have a good shot, like anyone else.  Of course, you should get research experience by joining a professor's lab.  That's as important as the coursework itself.  

There are plenty of good chemE programs in CA (Stanford, Cal, Cal Tech etc.).  But, you can easily look into that after proceeding along this path and discovering what research areas interest you.  The way I see it, you have quite a few more steps to go.  But, it can be done.  

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