Hi all, I would like your feedback on this; I am considering switching from civil engineering to urban studies, and would rather pursue a graduate program with dual degrees in Transportation Engineering & City Planning.
I am currently a second year undergraduate in civil engineering at UC Berkeley; I have a huge interest in transportation; areas of interest include public transit planning, traffic operations, and bike & ped planning.
I have side interests in urban planning pertaining to the livable streets movement, sustainability planning, etc. But, these are side interests, given that transportation is a huge interest of mine.
The problem with the civil engineering curriculum for me is that given civil engineering is not just transportation, I am forced to take a lot of the other courses that are within the other emphasis in civil engineering. Even if they relate to transportation engineering somehow, they cover areas I'm not really that interested in (i.e. highway/bridge design, road maintenance).
I can't say that I can't handle the civil engineering courseload; I can, but I spend a lot of time on all of them to the point where it's difficult for me to focus on the transport related topics (and pour in creative ideas in those courses).
If I go into urban studies, I would be taking the civil engineering classes specific to transportation, and some urban planning courses. Given the somewhat more free time I have, if I decide to make the switch, I would devote some of it to extracurriculars related to transportation, personal research projects, going "above and beyond" in the transport courses .
My question really is, am I really missing out on transport engineering if I make a switch from civil engineering to urban studies, and pursuing a graduate school dual degree MS/MCP (hopefully at Berkeley, again?) program?
(Note: I have already taken about two planning courses, and am currently taking two more planning courses, in addition to a GIS class. I also am currently taking two undergrad transportation engineering related courses)