• Question: WHAT KIND OF SCIENCES(PHYSICS,CHEMISTRY,BIOLOGY) DO YOU NEED TO BE GOOD AT TO BECOME AN ENGINEER?

    Asked by 169artc22 to Andrew, Lizzie, Nick, Sonia, Chuen on 16 Jun 2015.
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      Elizabeth Kapasa answered on 16 Jun 2015:


      It depends what type of engineering you study. If you look at the course descriptions on university websites they will tell you. But the majority of engineering courses will probably will require Physics or Maths or both. But I actually didn’t do either(I did biology and chemistry which is kind of unique! So there are exceptions.

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      Nicholas Hitchins answered on 16 Jun 2015:


      Generally engineering is mainly focused from maths and physics and while bio-engineering can include quite a bit of biology, engineering would generally expect you to have the physics and then learn the rest as you go along. We are a solely medical engineering company and we wouldn’t be concerned it someone hadn’t had much experience with biology or chemistry before. However if you want to know what a university course requires you can always check online.

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      Yu Chuen Tam answered on 16 Jun 2015:


      Physics is applicable for most types of engineering courses. Maths is particularly useful for mechanical engineering. There some parts of physics and computing are useful in electronic engineering. Chemistry is useful if considering chemical engineering and certain modules in mechanical engineering. Generally the Universities spend the first year make sure their students to the necessary ability to progress to the next year. The university’s school of engineering prospectus is a good source of information

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      Andrew Phillips answered on 19 Jun 2015:


      I think maths and physics for most flavours on engineering, and chemistry and biology for specific engineering specialties. Most courses do require maths and physics, but if you haven’t done these there are courses that will still enable you to study engineering. If you get the chance to do a non-science subject at A-level (after checking the course requirements!) then I’d really recommend doing it. I think it gives you a wider range of influences, which is really useful in design.

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