Chemical Engineering as an undergrad
Since I graduated from MIT, a lot of the best Chemical Engineering colleges in the US would not accept transfer credits for another bachelor’s degree. The transfer has to happen before a degree is obtained.
Since I didn’t graduate in a hard enginering/science subject ("Management Science/IT"), I am not eligible for ChemE grad school. Even if I graduated in some other engineering or science subject, I would have to take a bunch of refresher courses. Hence, to get such a graduate degree, I need to go for a new bachelor’s degree.
Given that racking up debt while studying would hardly be ideal, and I also want to continue improving my Chinese (not likely to happen studying in the west, since Chinese people in that subject area will invariably want to improve their English), I decided to look at distance courses.
The plan: live in a Chinese region of the world, study Chinese, do the bachelor’s degree by distance, and work to support all of those studies.
The decision for the bachelor’s is really easy – there is only one Chemical Engineering undergrad programme that can be done by distance in the USA, at the University of North Dakota. Their programme has been around a long time, and is accredited by ABET. The ABET accreditation helps for going to other North American schools as a grad student.
The difficulty will be the time constraints of such a plan. I remember making a mock schedule of courses so I could triple major at MIT in Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Urban Studies and Planning. The amount of work I am setting myself up for might match that, but I want some challenge. Furthermore, being a teacher for awhile has taught me some things about how to be a productive student…