Which degree to work in immersive virtual reality?

Hi, I am currently starting my academic career in college, but I've been having conflicting thoughts on which engineering course I want to take.
See I really want to help research and improve nanotechnology so that I can start working on Immersive Virtual Reality, but the problem is I want to work more on the the Virtual Reality more than the nanotechnology but I feel that it's a necessary step to work on nanotechnology as we're going to need it to stimulate senses that would occur during VR. I'm conflicted on if taking bioengineering is the best path or if electrical engineering is the best path as my college UNL doesn't provide a mesh of these two engineering courses like Nevada does and I really can't afford my own sanity to take two majors in a heavy curriculum. What should I do?
posted by Kyla, Lincoln on August 13, 2014

Answer by Dr. Karen Twietmeyer

Hi Kyla. This is a big decision that may influence your whole life! I think the most important thing you can do is to figure out which of the technology paths you mention you would enjoy doing the most (happy = successful!). Here are some suggestions: take (or just sit in on) introductory courses in a few fields (electrical engineering, bioengineering); talk to some professors to see what they are doing (ask whether you can do some work in their lab!!); talk to other students who are doing these two majors and see how happy they are (are they excited about it???); poke around on the Web and find some researchers who are doing the sort of VR you think you might be interested in, and send them an email asking them how you could prepare to be on their team! I hope this helps and let me know if you have more questions!