Carnegie Mellon University

Double Majors

Should you do it? How do you select them? Which ones are popular?

40-50% of our students have a double major. Our curriculum is flexible enough to enable you to choose a second major, but you lose almost all flexibility by doing that because you need to fit the course requirements of two degrees into the space designed for one degree. You should discuss with your advisor whether it is a good idea for you to double major, keeping in mind that a high QPA in a single major is probably better for your future career prospects than a lower one with two majors. A double major may also reduce the amount of time you have to get involved in research or other extracurricular activities.

Choosing to double major should be consistent with your personal and professional goals, as well as with your school-life balance goals. It will be hard work finishing everything!

The most popular double majors with chemical engineering are:

  1. Biomedical Engineering (about 1/4 of our students double major in BME. Getting a BME degree requires a double major at this time because it is not a stand-alone degree.)
  2. Engineering and Public Policy (about 5-10% of our students typically double major in EPP)

Other students have double majored in:

  1. Hispanic Studies
  2. Economics
  3. Mathematical Sciences
  4. Philosophy
  5. Anthropology and History
  6. Psychology