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Posted by Dr Cyclops (Member # 986) on September 05, 2004, 16:28:
Kindva problem when I'm a few weeks into my second year.

Right now I'm a physics major, and I think I'll change it pretty soon. What then? I was thinking of Mathematics, but I'm not so sure about that now. So now I'm thinking EE. I'd make a better engineer than scientist-type any day of the week. However, I like most any kind of engineering as much as any other. Civil seems nice, so does mechanical, so does electrical.

I just don't know...
Posted by TMBWITW,PB (Member # 1734) on September 05, 2004, 16:40:
I know the feeling. I've thought about majoring in theatre, music, math, education, French, and probably a few more subjects I've forgotten. The trouble with being interested in everything is that there is never enough time for it. [Geek] The important thing is that you finish your degree. I hate to say that which degree you get doesn't matter, but I remember hearing somewhere that less than half of graduates get jobs in the same field as their major. [ohwell] Whichever you choose, just make sure that it is something you love doing. There is no point in getting up in the morning to go to school (or work) if you know you will hate it.

Good luck. [Smile]
Posted by Xanthine (Member # 736) on September 05, 2004, 17:54:
How easy is it to swap between engineering majors at your school?

I didn't declare my major officially untilo the end of my sophomore year. However, it wasn't really a big problem because I worked on the other side of the bench from my academic advisor. In a situation like that, appointments are a non-issue. One day she just sorta looked at me and said "We need to get your blue sheet filled out." And so we did.
Posted by Dr Cyclops (Member # 986) on September 05, 2004, 19:37:
Okay, TMBWITW,PB convinced me. I'll go with EE. A degree in EE makes the most sense than anything else.
Posted by Groggle (Member # 2360) on September 06, 2004, 08:44:
One other question that I'd consider:

How much flexibility does your school's Eng. program provide for you take courses outside of the faculty?

When I was in University, a lot of eng. programs basically isolated their students from all of the liberal arts courses - on the grounds that they weren't "relevant" to an engineer.

I disagree with the "relevance" rather strongly - those course - be they history, psych, classics, literature - provide an opportunity to learn how to think in domains outside of a particular discipline.

It's been some years since I was in University, so I'm looking at both my own experience and what I've seen working with new graduates from a variety of disciplines. The liberal arts courses are not directly "job-related", but they help develop thinking and communication patterns that work outside of a particular technical domain.

Whatever direction you choose, good luck!
Posted by Dr Cyclops (Member # 986) on September 06, 2004, 11:10:
It's alot simpler at NMT, there are no liberal arts courses!

That's not entirely true, but the general degree requrements are a little less than 20 cr/hrs of Humanities/Social Sciences and about 40 of Calc/Physics/Chem plus additional hours of either geophysics/engineering/bio. Plus, whatever the department requrements are.

Where was I? You can take anything you want (as long as you have the prewrecks). Your acedemic advisor will prod you to take courses along you major, and boast about how good the facilty of the department is.

Electronics and Electrical Engineering is what I understand intuitively, and I like it, so I suppose thats what I'll go with.

Thanks, everybody!
Posted by Mac D (Member # 2926) on September 07, 2004, 07:57:
I'm Just going back now. I had a kid at 17 finish HS quick and never had the chance to go to collage (Or thought that I didn't) But I made the dissision and I'm going to go [Smile] But I don't know what I want to go for. [Confused]

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