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Major in chemical engineering or Business

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Hi, I am raising junior and have a question about major in chemical engineering. I like science and have taken AP Bio and chem honors last year and in junior year will be taking AP chem as well. But I am not sure what EC’s, I should focus on to show colleges that I want to major in this area. Other than being in Clubs like science Olympiad etc...Any insights what EC’s stand out for chemical engineering.

Other major I am thinking is Business, but not very sure as it is so vast.


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Okay, so firstly, I'd just like to warn you that chemical engineering is much more math/physics heavy than it is biology/chemistry heavy. Yes, chemical engineering has a heavy chemistry tilt, but you will end up taking more physics courses, so make sure you are comfortable with it.

In terms of a possible extracurricular, I would suggest possibly doing a Science Fair project and enter into your regional science fair competition. If you do well enough, you could qualify for your state science fair, or even ISEF, which is a very prestigious international research project showcase.

Also, you may want to take a look at doing the chemistry olympiad and trying to score on a state or national ranking.

I'm sorry but I'm not well versed in business extracurriculars, but things such as speech and debate, or DECA should help.

So speech/debate/foresenics is not buisness related (refer to my username). As for chemical eng it’s a heavy math class so focus on math and chemistry related ECs.
The skills you have will help you with business majors... there's a reason that the people who do speech and debate from my high school (top 10 team nationally) end up going to Haas and Kellog on a yearly basis... Also if you look at chemical engineering curriculum (as you can see here: ), you will see that you do take chemistry courses. However, if you like the more biological side of chemistry, I'd suggest doing chemistry or biochemistry...
Chemical engineering is a lot of physics... more physics than chem and you will NEED strong math fundamentals to survive that major.
Thank you. This helps.
Uh Adri debate by itself doesn’t help with buisness. Debate can lead to high ranking accomplishments which is impressive. Debate has near zero to do directly with buisness except possibly improving organizational skills. I compete on the national circuit so I’m very confident of this.
I'd argue that the skills of public speaking help in any field... however, as I said, I don't know much about business, I know lots about STEM.
Public speaking is always a useful skill but for buisness it is nice to have but definitely not needed. It’s like having a fenced backyard nice but not necessary or even recommended but very nice to have.
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So for Chem Engineering I’d look at a STEM based research opportunity or a chemistry related STEM club. A chem engineering blog podcast YT channel also is a good idea. Also look into any related stem club at high school specifically for engineering or high level math as engineering is broad and can be very useful and math is the foundation for engineering.

As for buisness I’d need to know what area you are looking at to give some suggestions.

Hope this helps and comment if you need clarification.

Edit: fixed spelling and added on a bit more :-)

Thanks, will look into specific clubs. For Business thinking more management information systems or technology related to Business but not computer sciences.
I am in BPA already and participate in website design competitive events. Also working on a personal project Website/blog on education related to mental health.
So for buisness you seem good but I’d definitely recommend you pursue a chemistry like EC.