Students’ undergraduate years present invaluable opportunities to explore a range of interests, including ones outside engineering. General education requirements provide some diversity in students’ education, but some students elect to take this a step further, formalizing this with a minor or a double major. In some cases, a minor or a double major complements a student’s civil engineering education. In other cases it may appeal to a student’s special interests, such as graphic design, dance, or foreign language study. Managing a minor or a second major requires special advising and creation of a curriculum plan as early as possible in a student’s GMU career to coordinate curriculum requirements.
Some minors frequently requested by engineering students have already been coordinated with the BS-CIE curriculum. The newest additions within the Volgenau School of Engineering include minors in mechanical engineering and aviation flight training and management. In addition, the School of Management offers a business minor and a minor in entrepreneurship. And the College of Science offers a minor in renewable energy. Some courses required for minors can also be counted toward the BS-CIE degree.
All double majors require special advising, starting with the CEIE Associate Chair and the lead advisor for the student’s other proposed major.