I've taken many math and science classes, is that enough to become an engineer?

Hi I am currently a 10th grader, soon to be an 11th grader in high school! I've always had a great passion for math and science. In fact, I am always excited to come home and complete my math and chemistry homework. Considering my love for math and science, I am leaning towards pursuing my future career somewhere in the engineering field. Throughout my high school career, I have taken and will want to be taking Geometry, Algebra I, II, and III, Trigonometry, Pre-calculus, AP Physics I and II, Chemistry, Intro to Engineering and Design, and Principles on Engineering. If I have accelerated in all these classes, do you think all this would be enough in order to be ready to take on a college specifically oriented for engineering?
posted by Raina, Wildwood on May 21, 2014

Answer by Dr. Elisabeth Drake

Dear Raina,  

It sounds like you are taking more than the usual math and science courses needed to get into a good engineering college.  But this is the time to see which colleges might best meet your interests and to learn about the different engineering disciplines they offer.  See if you can find some working engineers who will take some time to tell you what they do and how they prepared for their work. A relevant summer job might also help.  Your love of chemistry might suggest chemical engineering – but that also is a very broad field.  Many colleges offer programs in bioengineering, materials science, environmental engineering, engineering management, etc.  When you visit schools that seem interesting, be ready to ask about the career paths of their graduates.  Will you also need a graduate degree to get the type of job you wish (in engineering research or some specialty)?  Can you change majors during the first two years without losing a lot of time?  Do they have sports and other programs that meet your non-academic interests?  You sound so motivated, that I am sure you will have a bright future in some part of the engineering profession.

Best wishes,  Lis