Business administration or industrial management?

I want to be a Mechanical Engineer. Marshall University is in the process of adding a B.S program in Mechanical Engineering along with constructing a new engineering complex and all should be done in a couple of years. I'll be going into that program when the time comes. For now, I'm at a community college and I'm currently enrolled in the Industrial Management program. I would like to be in a leadership role of some kind in the future as an engineer, and I also think I'll enjoy learning about the business side of things, thus my decision to get an associate degree in Industrial Management. I've been looking at the Business Administration program that this school has, and since it's still not to late to switch (as the two programs have a lot of overlap; I'll show that in a moment) I've been wondering which program would be most beneficial to me. So, that's my question. Since I'm going to be an engineer one day who would like a role of leadership and would enjoy also learning about the business side of things, which degree would be most beneficial? Below this I will show the classes that overlap into both programs and I will also show the classes that each individual program contains that the other doesn't: OVERLAP FOR BOTH: Intro To Accounting Written Communication Fundamentals of Computers Intro to Business Financial Accounting Records Management Oral Communication Statistics for Business and Industry Managerial Accounting Business Organization and Management Business Finance Commercial Papers & Transactions Integrated Business Stategies BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION ONLY: Business Mathematics Fundamentals of Microeconomics Computerized Accounting Fundamentals of Macroeconomics Written Communication 2 Fundamentals of Marketing Taxation Retailing INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT ONLY: Applications in Algebra Intro to Manual Machining Blueprint Reading Technical Report Writing Computer Aided Design Social Science Requirement (Already taken Psychology) Thanks.

Asked By: - 8/12/2012
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Here my 2cents worth : Well done on a very detailed consideration of the options, however I think that it is not really necessary to focus on industrial management at this stage. Getting on to mechanical engineering courses is usually about being good at maths and physics. Other qualifications offered are usually... More
Answered By: Tom - 8/12/2012
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