ES is a great path for undergraduates to take because it allows flexibility, diversity, and creativity when scheduling and organizing your credits. The difference between ES and other engineering departments is noticeable. For example, my colleagues in ES studied a variety of subjects, ranging from neuroscience to music to entrepreneurship. When I started Engineering at UVA, I thought I wanted to go the typical route of Mechanical or Systems Engineering. However, during my second semester, I took an elective Materials Science course to try new subjects. The term Materials Science meant nothing to me at the time, but soon after my first year of college was over, I knew MSE was the route for me. ES allowed me to customize my courses to meet my interests more than any other engineering major would have.