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Harvard Undergraduate Guide to Engineering

Let’s be real. Engineering is a tough course of study at Harvard. Engineering concentrations can require as little as 14 or as many as 22 courses, and the truth is that a good number of these courses will be challenging. Hopefully though, if you believe engineering is right for you, your plan of study will include selections which are both interesting and exciting. There are a multitude of different answers, some of which you may have heard when considering what to study in college: Engineers make good money. Engineers have an easier time finding jobs. Engineering is a respected profession (and heaven have mercy if you aren’t otherwise a doctor or lawyer).

But while the above may be true, the real reason boils down to this: engineering is worth it. By the time you graduate, you will have gained fresh insights into how the world around you functions. You will never be able to look at commonplace things like a bicycle, an electrical outlet, an Ford F-150, a countertop stove, or a swivel chair the same way again. You will have developed a quantitative understanding of the physical universe, which will allow you to tackle and solve problems effectively and efficiently. And you will know how to do things (not just talk about them), setting the stage for you to make a difference in whatever field to which you are inspired to contribute: solving the energy crisis, taking the medical field to the next level, improving living conditions for those around the world, or powering the next era of human flight and exploration.

This guide will give you the tools to be successful in engineering @Harvard. Not sure where to start with engineering courses? Need to find an advisor? Looking for the next interesting course, or a neat alternative to common
course plans? Curious about free lunches? Read on, and we’ll show you all the neat things you'll find at Harvard SEAS!

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Navigating Engineering Pathways